iWork Apps for iPad Updated: Password Protection for Files & New Features Added

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Apple’s iWork suite of office style apps – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – was updated this week with password-protected files capability and a number of useful new features added to each of the apps in the suite.

Pages and Numbers add the ability to save password-protected documents via an iCloud link and to export password-protected documents in Microsoft Office compatible formats – DOCX for Pages and XLSX for Numbers. Keynote adds the iCloud link password-protected documents.

Each of the apps also has some other notable new features. The Keynote presentations app adds these:

Use the new remote feature to control slideshows on other devices
• New transitions including Droplet and Grid
• Enhanced presenter display options
• Create charts with date, time, and duration values
• Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
• Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations

These are the changes to the Numbers spreadsheets app:

Edit spreadsheets in landscape orientation on iPhone and iPod touch
• Chart date and duration values
• Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel 2013 spreadsheets
• Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
• Bug fixes and stability improvements

And here are the changes listed for Pages, the word processing app in the iWork suite:

• View character count with or without spaces
• Start a list automatically using new special characters
• Create charts with date, time, and duration values
• Improved support for bidirectional text
• Improved ePub export
• Improved compatibility with Microsoft Word 2013 documents
• Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents
• Bug fixes and stability improvements

The iWork apps have been very good since their first release, and have been regularly updated and improved over recent years. This is another solid update for the suite, and it’s good to see continuing efforts to improve compatibility with Microsoft Office.

Patrick Jordan

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