Apple has finally updated its iWork productivity suite across the board, though the changes aren’t significant enough to warrant a new completely new release.
Apple’s iWork suite has been criticized by many as being a half-hearted effeort to take on Microsoft’s Office empire. However, others find that there is no better option for getting work done on both the Mac and on iOS. Today, Apple gave all three iWork apps on iOS a fairly major refresh, though the Mac apps only experienced what can be described as a minor update.
On the iOS side, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers received better support for documents created in Microsoft Office. In addition, Pages received better support for importing documents created in Office and in the Mac version of iWork. Keynote also received better support for presentations created in other applications, as well as more complex support for creating better-looking documents. Numbers, Apple’s Excel competitor, also gained better support for spreadsheets made in Office, but also the ability to hide and unhide columns and rows.
The Mac suite received a much more mundane set of updates, and a complete refresh is still much needed. Changes include better support for iOS, and Apple recommends all customers to update to the latest version. Full changes can be found here. The update can be accessed via the Mac App Store for those who purchased the suite there, or via the app’s built-in updating mechanism for those who purchased the suite on a bundled install DVD before the Mac App Store launched.