Apple releases iWork updates with performance improvements and more features

Apple has released updates to its iWork suite of apps for Mac and iOS devices. The updates include performance improvements, support for additional languages, enhancements to iCloud syncing, improvements for collaboration and much more.

iWork apps

Although Apple’s own iWork apps lag behind the likes of Microsoft Office, the company has been releasing much needed features and improvements. For a productivity suite of apps that is available for free, iWork brings excellent value for Mac and iOS users. For users who use both iOS devices and Mac, the feature parity is a great benefit.

Even in this new update, both iOS and Mac have received the same feature updates. This means that if you added something like a table of contents to your document on a Mac, you can continue editing it on your iPhone or iPad, thanks to the same list of features on both platforms.

Here’s the complete list of changes in the new updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for macOS and iOS.

iWork for Mac

Pages

  • Use the new table of contents view to easily navigate your document or book.
  • Automatically sync custom shapes and templates to all your devices using iCloud.
  • Add alignment guides to master pages to help with layout.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on documents.
  • Insert tables of contents and edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • In Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, you can now type vertically in your entire document or in an individual text box.

Numbers

  • Performance and usability improvements to Smart Categories.
  • Save custom shapes and templates that automatically sync to all your devices using iCloud.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on spreadsheets.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Enhancements to Excel and comma separated value file import.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Keynote

  • Create and share an animated GIF by exporting one or more slides.
  • Automatically sync custom shapes and themes to all your devices using iCloud.
  • Slides with custom wider aspect ratios now display better in the slide navigator, light table, and presenter display.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on presentations.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

iWork for iOS

Pages

  • Use the new table of contents view to easily navigate your document or book.
  • Insert a table of contents onto a page in a word-processing document.
  • Save custom shapes for use in other documents and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create templates to use as a model for new documents, and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your page.
  • Switch your document between word processing and page layout.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on documents.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • In Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, you can now type vertically in your entire document or in an individual text box.

Numbers

  • Make precise changes to table row and column counts and sizes with the format pane.
  • Performance and usability improvements to Smart Categories.
  • Save custom shapes for use in other spreadsheets, then access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create templates to use as a model for new spreadsheets, and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Increased maximum zoom level to 400%.
  • Enhancements to Excel and comma separated value file import.
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your spreadsheet.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on spreadsheets.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Keynote

  • Draw a path with your finger or Apple Pencil to animate an object across the slide.
  • Add emphasis to presentations with action build effects, including move, rotate, and scale animations.
  • Create and share an animated GIF by exporting one or more slides.
  • Edit presenter notes while presenting or rehearsing a slideshow.
  • Save custom shapes for use in other presentations and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create themes to use as a model for new presentations, and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Slides with custom wider aspect ratios now display better in the slide navigator, light table, and presenter display.
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your slide.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on presentations.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

The updates are available now in both iOS App Store and Mac App Store.

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