Some big iPad app update news this evening. Apple has updated their suite of iWork apps for iPad and iOS – and the headline addition is improved compatibility with Microsoft Office apps.
The iWork suite for the iPad consists of the Keynote, Numbers, and Pages apps. Each of them has been updated to Version 1.7 today. The update description for each notes improved compatibility with their counterpart Microsoft Office app (Powerpoint for Keynote, Excel for Numbers, Word for Pages) and also with their companion Mac apps.
The list of compatibility improvements is specific to each app of course. Here are the change list details for Version 1.7 of each, starting with Keynote:
In this release Keynote for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac. • Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes • Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles • Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity • Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac • Add reflections to shapes • New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds • Lock and unlock objects
A number of Apple’s own iPad apps were updated yesterday – including the iWork suite apps, Keynote, Numbers and Pages, Find My Friends, iMovie, and iTunes U.
Support for the new retina quality display in the new iPad has been added to all, and many of them have had significant new features added as well.
I updated and took a look at Keynote last night and it looks great. I’ll share more on that soon, but suffice to say it’s a big update with some very slick new features. 3D charts are just one of the impressive new features, and they’ve been added to all three of the iWork apps.
The updates for iMovie and GarageBand also look like major ones.
Have you all been updated any / all of these apps on your iPad yet? If so, please share your thoughts on them in the comments.
The iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – have all received a major update to coincide with the release of iOS 4.2. There are big new features for each individual app, as well as support for AirPrint and iOS 4.2 multitasking for all of them.
Here are the new features for each of the three apps:
- Enhanced presenter display shows the current slide, the next slide, or your notes when connected to an external display. - Ability to import existing and add new presenter notes to slides. - Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including slide range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing. - Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
The iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – got a major update last night.
The biggest new additions are the ability to export in Office file formats – .ppt for Keynote, .xls for Numbers, and .doc for Pages – and support for MobileMe iDisk. So you can now export documents from these iWork apps in formats that should be friendly for anyone using MS Office, and you can copy your documents to iDisk if you have a MobileMe account.
Apple’s suite of iWork apps for the iPad – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – got updated last night, to Version 1.1.
All of them have added support for 8 languages – including French, German, Japanese, and Spanish – along with a number of enhancements and bug fixes that vary for each of the apps.
I’ve only got Pages installed so far and don’t use it often enough to really notice the changes, but you can see the full list of what’s new and improved in each app HERE. Nice to see Apple providing a fairly rapid update for these apps.
The "iWork" apps are already on track to potentially generate more than $40 million in annual sales, according to our analysis of App Store sales so far. And in the first month, they’ve probably already passed $3 million in sales, likely making Apple the most successful iPad developer, by revenue, so far.
That’s a slice from this recent report at Business Insider. I’m sure I shouldn’t be surprised at these numbers, but I am. Apparently all three of the Apple iWork apps – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – have been in the Top 10 for paid apps ever since the iPad was launched and Pages has been at Number 1 for ‘much of the time’.
I absolutely agree with Business Insider’s conclusion that this ‘shows there is a real appetite for serious apps on the iPad‘. I feel like I can work quite well on the iPad – the only big thing missing is a decent blogging app (for my needs).
I’m very glad to see that ‘serious’ apps can thrive in the iPad App Store – and look forward to seeing some third party developer success stories in this area.
The idea behind this review of Pages for iPad was to see how quickly someone could get something done without having used it before. In the interest of full disclosure, I have used Pages on Mac, so your rate of adoption may vary. I tested two different types of documents, a text document and a poster.
The Text Document
The text document was a simple invoice for one of my customers. I emailed an old invoice that had been created in Pages on my MacBook to my iPad. Once I opened the attachment in Mail I was given the option to “Open In Pages.” It shows as a button in the top right corner of the document if you have Pages installed. Continue reading →