November 6, 2013 Last Updated 1:51 pm

Apple addresses complaints about missing features in iWork with online post

Apple can be pretty tight-lipped about its plans for its software and hardware products. But the recent release of a new version of iWork has quite a number of users up in arms over the number of features missing from the program.

So it is unusual, but greatly appreciated that Apple has posted an online article on its plans to add back in those missing features. As many thought, the reason for the missing features is that the program was “rewritten from the ground up to be fully 64-bit.”

Apple promises that it plans to bring to the new version of iWork a laundry list of features many users are missing. Apple also reminds users that the update has preserved the older version of iWork (iWork ’09) in a folder that can be found inside the Applications folder.

Here are the features Apple plans to add to iWork over the next six months:

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

One reason these programs are so important to publishers is that so many book and magazine publishers are using the Mac platform and so are also using iWork and iBooks Author. Changes in software due to new operating systems and other considerations has a greater impact on the publishing industry than it might elsewhere.

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