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As promised late last year, Apple has started to restore functionality to its Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications on the Mac, while aligning the mobile and web versions with the same features.
Thursday was a busy day for Cupertino, with Apple pushing out updates across its entire iWork productivity suite and finally restoring some of the missing features from the new Mac versions released in October.
Pages 5.1 for Mac introduces a new vertical ruler, customizable alignment guides, viewing character count with or without spaces and the ability to set keyboard shortcuts for styles. Documents can also now be protected with a password and shared via a link generated from iCloud. Likewise, Pages 2.1 for iOS also supports password-protected documents (including exporting to DOCX format), starting a list automatically with special characters and improved ePub exports.
Numbers 5.1 for Mac adds the ability to sort by multiple columns or a subset of rows, text autocomplete when editing cells, chart date and duration values and the ability to optionally highlight rows and columns when the mouse is positioned over them. Numbers 2.1 for iOS now allows viewing and editing spreadsheets while a device is held in landscape orientation, sharing and exporting password-protected documents and improved Excel 2013 compatibility.
Keynote 6.1 for Mac adds new Droplet and Grid transitions, enhanced presenter display options and the requisite password-protected presentations when shared via iCloud. Keynote 2.1 for iOS offers the same features, but notably absorbs the functionality of the separate Keynote Remote app, allowing presentations to be controlled from Keynote itself. (Apple has pulled the Remote app entirely.)
Last but not least, the web-based iWork for iCloud received many of the same new features, complete with a flatter, iOS 7-style makeover as well. The Mac and iOS updates can be downloaded free for existing users from their respective App Stores.
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