Apple updates iWork for iOS and OS X El Capitan with support for multitasking, 3D Touch, VoiceOver,

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in General Discussion edited October 2015
Apple on Thursday updated its iWork suite of apps for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, bringing new hardware support for iPhone 6s and iPad, including 3D Touch, tablet multitasking options, keyboard shortcuts for wireless accessories and more.




Pages, Numbers and Keynote all hit version 2.6 on iOS 9, while the same titles reached version 5.6 on OS X 10.11 El Capitan, each bringing enhancements specific to Apple's latest operating systems.

Among the more substantial improvements for iOS 9 is support for Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture multitasking on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the upcoming iPad Pro. The apps can also take advantage of the new shortcut bar in iOS 9, as well as keyboard shortcuts for wireless keyboards. On iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iWork apps are now compatible with pressure-sensitive 3D Touch controls.

Other upgrades include the ability to open iWork '08 and '06 documents and preview shared documents via Web browser, while compatibility with Microsoft's Office suite has also been improved.

Accessibility features received a boost with new VoiceOver commands for editing documents and navigating each app's user interface. Enhancements include adding, editing, reading, interacting and previewing document items, or accessing various menu functions. An exhaustive list of features for all iWork apps can be found on Apple's dedicated What's New webpage.

On OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Pages, Numbers and Keynote bring support for Split View, Apple's new two-up viewing option. Newer MacBooks with Force Touch, or iMacs with Force Touch trackpads, receive haptic feedback when editing document assets like images, while additional VoiceOver commands add to the user experience. Like their corresponding iOS 9 apps, Mac versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote can open iWork '08 and '06 documents. A full list of features can be found on each app's store page.

Existing users can download Apple's iWork updates for free via the iOS or Mac App Store. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS come in at 275MB, 233MB and 510MB, respectively, while the same apps weigh in at 224MB, 166MB and 465MB on Mac. New users can purchase the apps on iOS for $9.99 each, or on Mac for $19.99 each.
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  • Reply 1 of 41
    And I'll wager that Pages still lacks linked text boxes so many (including me) are still stuck with the old version. And they killed Aperture. Not cool, Apple, not cool.
  • Reply 2 of 41
    I might be wrong but don't you mean old users can buy them

    New users or buyers of new devices get offered them for free
  • Reply 3 of 41

    So an ePub template for Pages... but no meaningful updates to iBooks Author for YEARS.

     

    The heck, Apple?! If nothing else, could you at least give us the ability to add FOOTNOTES?! Footnotes. For a book. How hard is that? Maybe even an automatically populating index or glossary. That’d be really nice.

     

    EDIT: WAIT, they brought back support for older versions of iWork files! Now I can cut my basement iMac out of my workflow when bringing forward old docs! Partially. Unless they’re ClarisWorks documents.

  • Reply 4 of 41
    pakittpakitt Posts: 139member
    And no pivot tables for Numbers...
  • Reply 5 of 41
    ajlajl Posts: 82member

    Anyone of you is having Mac App Store issues?

     

    Mine is not loading at all.

  • Reply 6 of 41
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,048member

    SWEET!

     

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AJL View Post

     

    Anyone of you is having Mac App Store issues?

     

    Mine is not loading at all.




    I had to switch over to "Featured" and back and they showed up.

     

    Also, I can't wait to read all the comments about how iWork sucks. 

     

    oops, too late. 

  • Reply 7 of 41
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 5,989member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacManFelix View Post



    And I'll wager that Pages still lacks linked text boxes so many (including me) are still stuck with the old version. And they killed Aperture. Not cool, Apple, not cool.



    Switch to a different platform since Apple has left you behind. Live in the past with all your perfect software. Problem solved.

  • Reply 8 of 41
    And I'll wager that Pages still lacks linked text boxes so many (including me) are still stuck with the old version. And they killed Aperture. Not cool, Apple, not cool.


    Linked text boxes do work on both iOS and OS. One can even set how the link is displayed within the text box.
  • Reply 9 of 41
    Thanks EMoeller but I'm not talking about links in text; I'm talking about linking text boxes across layouts, a critical feature for publishing which Apple unceremoniously removed when they rewrote Pages.
  • Reply 10 of 41
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacManFelix View Post



    And I'll wager that Pages still lacks linked text boxes so many (including me) are still stuck with the old version. And they killed Aperture. Not cool, Apple, not cool.



    And linked Table of Contents when export to PDF. Is that workable now I wonder.

  • Reply 11 of 41
    Thanks EMoeller but I'm not talking about links in text; I'm talking about linking text boxes across layouts, a critical feature for publishing which Apple unceremoniously removed when they rewrote Pages.

    My apologies, I know exactly what you are missing as I used it several years ago in a pamphlet that I put together. Suggest you, I and others report using the www.apple.com/feedback reporting process.
  • Reply 12 of 41
    wweewwee Posts: 1member
    And it just crashes in my iPad mini retina. Grr. Deleted it and downloaded three times, restarting iPad. Apple, this one sucks the big one. I WANT Pages to be great, but you're failing.
  • Reply 13 of 41

    Anyone know if they brought back mail merge to Pages?

    No mail merge = no upgrade for me.

     

    Kinda reminds me of that political statement a few years back - you know, the pig and lipstick thing.

  • Reply 14 of 41
    Originally Posted by BuzDots View Post

    Kinda reminds me of that political statement a few years back - you know, the pig and lipstick thing.


     

    What does Hillary’s candidacy announcement have to do with iWork? :p

  • Reply 15 of 41
    So an ePub template for Pages... but no meaningful updates to iBooks Author for YEARS.

    The heck, Apple?! If nothing else, could you at least give us the ability to add FOOTNOTES?! Footnotes. For a book. How hard is that? Maybe even an automatically populating index or glossary. That’d be really nice.

    EDIT: WAIT, they brought back support for older versions of iWork files! Now I can cut my basement iMac out of my workflow when bringing forward old docs! Partially. Unless they’re ClarisWorks documents.

    This. I kind of gave up on iBA. Maybe they want to migrate this in the long run to Pages. And yeah, serious layouting using linked textboxes or the points you mentioned is really missing.

    Edit: hah, Claris Works. I remember that one.

    Edit2: currently, I'm using a mix of iBA, Indesign, and a specific software from a publishing house to create my basic interactive iBooks. But I always end up hard coding in HTML/JavaScript to get them look and behave the way I want. Any recommendation for a good authoring tool that supports read aloud in multiple languages, interactive graphics like Sprite-based, good text layout control (arbitrary shapes and masks, nice keening etc) and overall document structure handling and export to various platforms (of course with the platform specific features only)?
  • Reply 16 of 41
    lkrupp wrote: »

    Switch to a different platform since Apple has left you behind. Live in the past with all your perfect software. Problem solved.

    Nothing to do with living in the past. And nothing to do with perfect software. For some, linked textboxes are more than nice to have. And it was supported in the past. Care to explain what to do other than either loose that feature or give up on pages resp. Keeping the old version?
  • Reply 17 of 41
    Wake me when you have built-in end notes, footnotes and cross-linking inside an exported document. These ``enhancements'' are limp beyond an iPad. Seriously, Pages and Numbers are the Appleworks of 2015.
  • Reply 18 of 41

    Really glad to hear Apple is still working on iWork. And I agree with others that Pages is still lacking in functionality compared to earlier versions. Add to the list of simple things: Two pages view. Was available in Pages '09 and is great, as you see two full pages side by side. Now just one page. Why?

  • Reply 19 of 41
    Originally Posted by MacApfel View Post

    Really glad to hear Apple is still working on iWork.

     

    If you can call this work... Features are now forced to have parity with what HTML5 and JavaScript can simulate. At the very least they could add the stuff that people seem to want back, even before new features.

     

    And why they’re bringing back support for older files after removing it isn’t confusing, it’s why they removed support in the first place.

  • Reply 20 of 41
    ajlajl Posts: 82member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cornchip View Post

     



    I had to switch over to "Featured" and back and they showed up.

     

    Also, I can't wait to read all the comments about how iWork sucks. 

     

    oops, too late. 




    I was forced to restart the Mac and then the MAS loaded and showed the updates up, but none of them downloaded at all; then I closed the MAS and launched the app and, as well like before, MAS won't load anything.

     

    The Apple System Status site shows that everything is ok: https://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/

     

    For me, it is not.

     

    In the end, iTunes is doing nearly the same thing: it never shows the availability of Apple's app updates – I have to figured them out reading sites like appleinsider. This issue comes to me from Yosemite.

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