Apple’s iWork for iPad 1.2 Update: improved Office support, iDisk added

Woohoo! Word count in Pages 1,2!

The entire iWork Suite has been updated for better online support via iDisk or WebDAV and better Microsoft document handling in the latest 1.2 update. I spend hours and hours with Pages every day and notably less time with either Keynote and Numbers, but I’m confident in saying that Apple’s software options are leagues ahead of competing productivity and business apps, yet still behind their desktop analogues. For serious typers, Pages is a better option than Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite (TMA Review). It’s faster, handles tables and images better, and now, has iDisk support along with word counting! The same goes for Keynote and Numbers, Apple’s presentation and spreadsheet apps.

The updates are free for customers who already own each app. Grab ‘em below:

Pages Apple Inc., Pages, 42.71MB – $9.99
Numbers Apple Inc., Numbers, 46.19MB – $9.99
Keynote Apple Inc., Keynote, 54.71MB – $9.99

Full list of updates and more screenies after the gap:

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.

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.

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.

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