Apple Announces It Will Soon Restore Features Missing In New ‘iWork For Mac’

When Apple released the latest updates to iWork for Mac apps last month, some of the key features from the classic versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote weren’t available. In response to the outcry by many power users of iWork, including myself, that the updates have ‘stripped’ them of many useful functions previously available, Apple has listed the features of iWork on its website that it says it will be restoring to the suite of apps over the next 6 months.

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In addition to redesigned icons, Apple’s 64-bit update for its iWork productivity suite included new features and new UI for iOS 7, OS X and iWork for iCloud. Apple now states on its website that in rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. So the company is now planning to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

Below is the list of features Apple says will be added back into iWork for Mac:

Pages

  • Customize toolbar
  • Vertical ruler
  • Improved alignment guides
  • Improved object placement
  • Import of cells with images
  • Improved word counts
  • Keyboard shortcuts for styles
  • Manage pages and sections from the thumbnail view

Numbers

  • Customize toolbar
  • Improvements to zoom and window placement
  • Multi-column and range sort
  • Auto-complete text in cells
  • Page headers and footers
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

Keynote

  • Customize toolbar
  • Restoring old transitions and builds
  • Improvements to presenter display
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

Apple also highlights that users can continue to use these features by accessing the previous versions of the iWork applications which may still be installed on their Mac. The previous versions can be found in Applications > iWork ’09.

Also, users who want to revert a new iWork document file format to the old version, can do one of the following:

  1. Documents that you haven’t edited can be reverted to the iWork ’09 version by selecting File > Revert To.
  2. If you have edited the document and want to preserve the edits, you can save it as an iWork ’09 document by selecting File > Export To, then choosing Pages ’09, Numbers ’09, or Keynote ’09.

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  • exaro

    No mention of the layout design features that distinguished Pages’09 from MS Word, e.g liking text boxes. Looks like I will need to keep two versions of iWork for an extended time period

  • andrez1

    Yeah, they sure blew that release. At least they’re doing something about tit. I’m still stuck with a stupid ‘ribbon’ in MS word at work. No menus, and no sign that they will put them back.