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Following the release of Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, Apple is drawing attention to its own office suite with a visual overhaul of the online versions of iWork. The iCloud and Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all resemble their iOS 7 counterparts after today's update, bringing a common visual aesthetic to the Cupertino company's productivity suite regardless of which platform you prefer.
But the changes go far beyond merely updating the software to rid it of its skeuomorphic iOS 6 designs. Charts can now be edited in imported documents, and you're now allowed to share view-only docs and open your documents directly from iCloud mail. As a bonus, Apple optimized the iCloud suite to complement the fine resolutions of Retina displays.
As of this afternoon, the Mac versions of the apps have been updated with the changes as well, with the welcome news that apps created in iCloud can now be opened in Mac versions for the first time. Apple also took the time to update the suite for iOS, which means that all versions now share the same features (including the long-awaited ability to share view-only docs as mentioned above).
Other new features abound in the new versions, as MacRumors notes. In their words, "Keynote, for example, has gained improved Presenter Display layouts and labels along with new transitions and builds, among other features, while Numbers has new printing options, custom data formats, and custom table styles. Pages has copy-paste style improvements, improved AppleScript support, and better placement of inserted and pasted objects."
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