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Apple on Wednesday released a significant update to its iWork suite of productivity applications for the iPad, delivering support for copying files to a Mobile Me iDisk and exporting documents in native Microsoft Office formats.

Apple sells each of the three applications for $9.99 on the App Store. Wednesday's release is the second update issued for the suite since it was introduced earlier this year alongside the iPad. A more detailed list of enhancements to the Pages, Keynote and Numbers applications are provided by Apple:

Pages 1.2

- Copy documents between Pages and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
- Option to display the word count for your document.
- Support for opening .txt files from Mail.
- Ability to group and ungroup objects.
- Import and export existing footnotes, endnotes, sections and tables of contents.
- Import and export Pages 09 tables with image background fills in cells.
- Improved export of tables with customized borders.
- Improved font matching when importing a Pages or Microsoft Word document.
- Improved creation and editing of hyperlinks.
- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.
- Improved usability and reliability when sharing documents via iWork.com public beta.
- Improved reliability when importing documents with large images.
- Improved reliability when importing and exporting documents with overlapping objects.
- Improved handling of fonts when exporting documents to Microsoft Word.
- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft Word documents.

Keynote 1.2

- Export presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT) format.
- Copy presentations between Keynote and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
- Support for audio in builds when importing Keynote 09 presentations.
- Ability to group and ungroup objects.
- Add animated builds to grouped objects.
- Lens Flare, Spin and Wipe build animations.
- Revolving Door, Swoosh and Wipe slide transition animations.
- Improved slide size conversion when importing Keynote 09 presentations.
- Import and export Keynote 09 tables with image background fills in cells.
- Improved export of tables with customized borders.
- Improved font matching when importing Keynote 09 or Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
- Improved creation and editing of web hyperlinks.
- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.
- Improved usability and reliability when sharing presentations with iWork.com public beta.
- Improved reliability when importing presentations with large images.
- Improved reliability when importing and exporting presentations with overlapping objects.
- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

Numbers 1.2

- Export spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS) format.
- Copy spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
- Ability to group and ungroup objects.
- Open CSV files from Mail and other apps.
- Import and export Numbers 09 tables with image background fills in cells.
- Improved export of tables with customized borders.
- Improved font matching when importing Numbers 09 or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
- Improved creation and editing of hyperlinks in text boxes.
- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.
- Improved usability and reliability when sharing spreadsheets with iWork.com public beta.
- Improved reliability when importing spreadsheets with large images.
- Improved reliability when importing and exporting spreadsheets with overlapping objects.
- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

All three of the updates are free for registered owners of earlier versions of the apps.
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This is an amazing update that significantly increases the utility of the apps. I especially appreciate the Pages word count and TXT opening, Excel export and CSV opening, and Keynote's Powerpoint export, audio build-ins, and additional animations. I love that lens flare build animation.
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Export to ppt and xls. Finally thank you!
I held off buying Keynote and Numbers because of inability to export to ppt and xls..
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Awesome. So finally fonts aren't broken when imported into Pages on iPad from Pages on the Mac I have to say, this was the primary reason why I tried to avoid using Pages on iPad as much as possible until they got their act together
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Wow, this is huge. With printing and multitasking coming in November, this is really, really huge and gets me a lot closer to being able to travel with just my iPad.
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Slowly but surely the ipad is becoming more useful...

Now, if you could use storage/easy free access, that would be good.

Add facetime and I have my travel toy
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Nice update in some respects, but the PDF export is still broken.
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Awesome. So finally fonts aren't broken when imported into Pages on iPad from Pages on the Mac I have to say, this was the primary reason why I tried to avoid using Pages on iPad as much as possible until they got their act together

I'm not sure that this was ever a problem, at least not an unexpected one. If the fonts aren't on the iPad, a substitute is used, just as it would be on a desktop PC. If the iPad did this any differently, I had not noticed. The real problem with iWork for the iPad is that fonts aren't properly embedded in documents created on the iPad when they are exported to a PDF. It's an embarrassing bug that sadly Apple has not fixed in this version.
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This is great news. However, Numbers running under MacOS needs a lot of refining. In particular, parsing of data and graph control both need to become more sophisticated in order for Numbers even to be usable under many circumstances that I encounter. I had also hoped to use Keynote on the iPad in presenting lectures prepared on my MBP. However, too many features in my presentations fell over or were missing and so I haven't yet had the opportunity.

Refining apps takes time and no doubt, eventually, the iPad versions will match the capability of their MacOS cousins, which themselves will continue to grow in sophistication.
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I am surprised they did not add printing support ala mail, photos, etc.

They coulda gotta double banger with the developers who have iOS 4.2.

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Does anyone else see Airplay being tied into iWork? That would be huge.
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Does anyone else see Airplay being tied into iWork? That would be huge.

Keynote.. More likely. If not, it should.
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great! iPad is still missing some sort of a filing system, I cannot upload or attach a file in a webpage.
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great! iPad is still missing some sort of a filing system, I cannot upload or attach a file in a webpage.

iDisk support and drop box and iTunes.

It's not rocket science getting documents onto the iPad.
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Wow, Apple gets competition that is now starting to kick its ass in the mobile arena and now they finally get off their lazy ass and start adding what I have been asking for since iPhone 1st gen.

They lost me to Droid X. It received Android 2.2 update last night and it's like the iPhone X.

Steve Jobs sat on his lazy ass and didn't do shit until Android showed up.

For the iPhone faithful. Flash on the phone makes it like a true tablet. The tablets are going to kick iPad's ass for that one reason alone.

I LOVE MY DROID X!
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great! iPad is still missing some sort of a filing system, I cannot upload or attach a file in a webpage.

iOS4 includes the plumbing for Mobile Safari uploads (see original iOS4 beta release notes) but as of the latest 4.2 beta it hasn't been implemented yet. So it's probably coming soon now that apps have a (more or less) standardized way of sharing data to the outside world.
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Wow, Apple gets competition that is now starting to kick its ass in the mobile arena and now they finally get off their lazy ass and start adding what I have been asking for since iPhone 1st gen.

They lost me to Droid X. It received Android 2.2 update last night and it's like the iPhone X.

Steve Jobs sat on his lazy ass and didn't do shit until Android showed up.

For the iPhone faithful. Flash on the phone makes it like a true tablet. The tablets are going to kick iPad's ass for that one reason alone.

I LOVE MY DROID X!

Android, by the company who's CEO sat on Apple's board of directors, a highly trusted position.

Sure, Steve Jobs is well known in the industry as being incredibly lazy. You on the other hand, are Mr. Amazing!
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Wow, Apple gets competition that is now starting to kick its ass in the mobile arena and now they finally get off their lazy ass and start adding what I have been asking for since iPhone 1st gen.

They lost me to Droid X. It received Android 2.2 update last night and it's like the iPhone X.

Steve Jobs sat on his lazy ass and didn't do shit until Android showed up.

For the iPhone faithful. Flash on the phone makes it like a true tablet. The tablets are going to kick iPad's ass for that one reason alone.

I LOVE MY DROID X!

Glad your happy. Love your language. It reminds me of the a Droid. As for Flash, have a nice time with it too. Hope yours works better than what I am forced to use at work. As for the iPad, what we have seen so far it isn't even close
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Android, by the company who's CEO sat on Apple's board of directors, a highly trusted position.

Sure, Steve Jobs is well known in the industry as being incredibly lazy. You on the other hand a Mr. Amazing!

Couldn't close a deal with Facebook. Can't close the deal with NBC.

This is only the start. I have more options on my Droid X than I had in 3 years of the iPhone and the Navigation app is incredible (turn by turn voice for free).a

Everything that Droid fans say are true. But the great part is it gets better everyday.
Apps are cheap or Free or built into Android.

It took 2 fricking years for copy and paste on iOS. There are about 800 apps that I can return if I don't like them if they aren't free that preform this one task.

My songs all converted with http://www.doubletwist.com/ and I can watch the real internet with Flash or block the ads if I want. I can turn Flash on and off with the click of a button.

It's my choice. Steve Jobs will never get it.
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Glad your happy. Love your language. It reminds me of the a Droid. As for Flash, have a nice time with it too. Hope yours works better than what I am forced to use at work. As for the iPad, what we have seen so far it isn't even close

It's a good thing because it's a not even a big iPod Touch anymore. It's slower, weaker and has less ram and apps.

Typical 1st gen for Apple...

Let's see how little we can get away with putting on a product and have them beg them to give them their money.
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... For the iPhone faithful. Flash on the phone makes it like a true tablet. The tablets are going to kick iPad's ass for that one reason alone.

I LOVE MY DROID X!

I suppose that having Word, Excel and Powerpoint on your phone help in making it like a true tablet too!
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I suppose that having Word, Excel and Powerpoint on your phone help in making it like a true tablet too!

Documents to Go are awesome. I can open and edit and forward or save to my computer any Office document I receive. Including Office 2010.

Anymore questions?
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iDisk support and drop box and iTunes.

It's not rocket science getting documents onto the iPad.

I was referring to situations where someone may need to attach a file for uploading to a website, like a resume, a photo, or any type of attachment. I'm already aware on how to move files to and from my iPad, and you're right it's not rocket science.

@ SinisterJoe: Thank you for that response, I wasn't aware of that.
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Documents to Go are awesome. I can open and edit and forward or save to my computer any Office document I receive. Including Office 2010.

Anymore questions?

Mine wasn't a question but a statement... which you did a nice job of turning to your advantage! I notice that Documents To Go is available for the iPhone too.
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Mine wasn't a question but a statement... which you did a nice job of turning to your advantage! I notice that Documents To Go is available for the iPhone too.

Yes it is. But... can you save your documents to your Phone and use your own phone as a hard drive including the SD Card?

Everything you do on the iPhone, you have to wait a year more than you should have to and then it cost you up the ass to get the feature.

Hell, the iPad isn't even on iOS 4. Talk about Fragmentation. The new iPad isn't even out yet and by the time it is maybe Steve will let iOSxxx on it, maybe not. Depends on if he changed his douche that day.

No big deal.
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Wow, Apple gets competition that is now starting to kick its ass in the mobile arena and now they finally get off their lazy ass and start adding what I have been asking for since iPhone 1st gen.

They lost me to Droid X. It received Android 2.2 update last night and it's like the iPhone X.

Steve Jobs sat on his lazy ass and didn't do shit until Android showed up.

For the iPhone faithful. Flash on the phone makes it like a true tablet. The tablets are going to kick iPad's ass for that one reason alone.

I LOVE MY DROID X!

Then why are you here?? Shouldn't you be out crowing on the phandroid site? You are so fundamentally clueless about product development that it is not just breath-taking: you have created a perfect ignorance vacuum. Yes that does in fact mean, well, let's not go there.

Let's see. Droid X. Hmmmmmm. Lovely, massive slab of flickering displays, ringers not working, WiFI connectivity issues, that largish nearly 3/4 inch thick "bump" at the top, and you NEED SWYPE on it because you don't want to try and type in landscape mode unless you have prehensile thumbs. Yes - indeed you now have version 1.0 of Exchange support - something that should be at least on par with the current iOS enterprise level, because it came out before the iPhone but didn't for some odd reason. Thank the gods that Moto gave everyone that activeSynch patch to tide them over until Verizon got around to finally pushing out Froyo for you guys! Laggy app start-ups, utterly dependent on Micro SD cards to have enough memory to do anything significant, sub-par Motoblur apps (you get better versions on the Devour or Cliq for freak's sake - nice move on that one), and of course the fans love to trumpet about being a built-in WiFi hotspot, but even Motorola states quietly that they don't recommend extensive use of that feature because of the impact to the battery life. Oh yes, speaking of the lovely Moto folks - they added that charming feature for all you jailbreaking fans called eFuse - yeah you 'break, you brick - they GAR-RUN-TEEE it! ANd running all those bloatwarez widgets and apps in the background - chewing up battery life - always nice to have those on there. And Flash. ROTFLMAO - really? Dayum son - I'd rather have Flash-lite than that crapware!

SO yeah your points are totally valid. The Droid X rocks the world - at least until the next 10 or so handsets are released for Android and you get to watch as everyone else plays with the latest/greatest handsets and you while away your two year contract, or pay through the nose to stay current on the hardware. Thank heavens cargo pants and backpacks are still in style to keep your slab pocketable! By the way the Nexus One is still the best benchmark for Android hardware spec out there, because it is carrier independent and more tightly adheres to Google standards. Google sold you guys to the carriers, like a bunch of freakin' sacrificial lambs for the slaughter - just so they could get their foot into the mobile ad biznizz.
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... Hell, the iPad isn't even on iOS 4. Talk about Fragmentation. The new iPad isn't even out yet and by the time it is maybe Steve will let iOSxxx on it, maybe not. Depends on if he changed his douche that day...

I disagree with this. Apple of all computer companies has been fantastically successful at keeping computing devices together under one OS. This is undeniable. However, they previously did not have the variety of basic hardware architectures to contend with that they now have and even so, each of their platforms is running OS X. Your comment on the iPad in this respect is facetious. One might argue about Apple having a propensity to limit the capability of initial releases of their hardware but the argument about the OS lagging is unreasonable. Once the iPad goes to the same release as the iPhone, they will not be separated. They will each gain enhancements suiting their particular purpose and form factor, however, common capabilities will be advanced together. I suspect that you know this. The more that Android is taken up, the more it will fragment, while Apple's systems head towards convergence.

Apple is a hardware company, which is worth repeating, Apple is a hardware company. Love 'em or loath 'em, the ball is in Apple's court, the rest is catch up.
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Then why are you here?? Shouldn't you be out crowing on the phandroid site?...

If he wasn't here, we'd not have had the joy of your response! Silver linings and all that.
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Hell, the iPad isn't even on iOS 4. Talk about Fragmentation. The new iPad isn't even out yet and by the time it is maybe Steve will let iOSxxx on it, maybe not. Depends on if he changed his douche that day.

No big deal.
Sent from my Droid X.

You're kidding, right? Come November, every iDevice ever made will run 1 of 2 OSes: iOS 3.1.3 or 4.2. Every Android device will run 1.5 or 1.6 or 2.1 or 2.2. Now that's fragmentation.
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This is an amazing update that significantly increases the utility of the apps. ...

"Amazing?" Seriously?

Don't you think you are going a bit over the top? This update simply implements the basic features of the desktop version of iWork which up to this point were missing. If pushing out a beta product with missing features, and then updating it to a basic sort of 1.0 level is "Amazing" then what kind of language do you use when they actually add something new or special?

I'm happy for the update and glad they finally finished the apps off, but ... "Amazing"???

I would say it' a welcome and somewhat overdue update to some basic apps.
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iDisk support and drop box and iTunes.

It's not rocket science getting documents onto the iPad.

It's not easy either.

It's cumbersome, and somewhat behind what is offered by most of the competing products and systems. I haven't downloaded the update yet, but currently I have to email a document off of the iPad to myself even when it's connected to my computer. This is neither desirable, typical, or easy.

The iTunes interface for syncing documents with iPad apps is not intuitive, and it is even different from app to app what the result is.

I'm assuming with the iDisk update that I can "save" a changed document to my iDisk, and load documents from my iDisk but it's not certain from the description above that I can do that. Even if I can, it's still not ideal. iDisk is horrendously slow and sometimes simply doesn't work even on desktop machines.

A simple, flat, folder called "Documents" that loads on the desktop when the device is attached is the obvious solution that everyone is waiting for and IMO they pretty much *have* to do it at some point, but instead they seem to be preoccupied with screwing everyone around with these cumbersome alternative methods, hoping against hope that they won't have to implement such a thing.
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Boy, by the list of new features the iWork team was pretty busy with the iPad version. Knowing Apple and how short on engineering staff they are, that translates into no new iWork for the Mac until at least 2011. That sucks.
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Steve Jobs sat on his lazy ass and didn't do shit until Android showed up.


I guess your too young to remember 2007 when Apple revolutionized the entire cellphone industry and the only Android around was found in cheesy sci-fi flicks.
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They lost me to Droid X.

Apple ... 4 million and counting.
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Techstuds and menlovetoys, inspired nicks to say the least.
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It's not easy either.

It's cumbersome, and somewhat behind what is offered by most of the competing products and systems. I haven't downloaded the update yet, but currently I have to email a document off of the iPad to myself even when it's connected to my computer. This is neither desirable, typical, or easy.

The iTunes interface for syncing documents with iPad apps is not intuitive, and it is even different from app to app what the result is.

I'm assuming with the iDisk update that I can "save" a changed document to my iDisk, and load documents from my iDisk but it's not certain from the description above that I can do that. Even if I can, it's still not ideal. iDisk is horrendously slow and sometimes simply doesn't work even on desktop machines.

A simple, flat, folder called "Documents" that loads on the desktop when the device is attached is the obvious solution that everyone is waiting for and IMO they pretty much *have* to do it at some point, but instead they seem to be preoccupied with screwing everyone around with these cumbersome alternative methods, hoping against hope that they won't have to implement such a thing.

I, too, in my "wisdom" have questioned this. I am a great organizer, and I have all these folders here there and everywhere and know exactly what file should be where. Of course, this is the old desktop paradigm, and I think Apple is now trying to take us some place new.

Funny thing is, Apple really invented the desktop paradigm and did it properly. MS messed it up, but now no-one can see past this old paradigm and yearns for it. I never know where anything actually resides on Windows PC's because the hierarchy is convoluted. On the Mac, everything flows from the harddrive(s) as root, because, in reality, it physically is the root.

But as superior as their desktop implementation was, Apple now wants to take us somewhere else. Technology and our mobile computing lifestyles are increasingly taking us beyond the desktop. So, it gets increasingly crazy to expose the user to the finder level -- and do it accurately, as only Apple is wont to do. Rather, we will begin getting used to seeing our files that are available to a given program, anywhere, on any device that we access. It will be the same file, and we will not need to worry if it is the latest version or not, and what file to keep when we use a different device. It won't matter where the originals are. I am really looking forward to this.

Soon I think we will be opening Keynote on the desktop and in the opening dialog box that displays templates, we will see all the files we just saw on our iPad's Keynote homescreen. In some ways, this may seem to us expert "finder jockeys" that this is a step backwards; it might seem kind of Microsoftian, with everything showing up in some kind of detached My Documents space. But I think it will work out. My preference is for either some system that is extremely accurate and reflects the reality of where files are actually physically stored (but who cares where cloud services are located and how many hard drives hold my stuff as we begin to use more and more different services); or, something new entirely; I don't care for some in-between solution. I anticipate being pleasantly surpised.
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And when iWork on iPhone 4? Please, please, pleaaaaaaaase!!!!
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This is still useless for Corporate use since iDisk does not support going through a Proxy yet. I will simply continue to use Dropbox which has this nicely integrated.
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