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Apple updates the iWork suite for iPad

iWork users rejoice! Apple is updating Pages, Numbers and Keynote for the iPad. A quick check at the app store or through iTunes should get you all sparkly and new.

In Pages, one of the big fixes is that the tool and ruler and now available in Landscape view. That's a biggy because you had to be in portrait view to see any of those tools in version 1.0.

Apple has also added some additional language support in the apps, and done some work to get better compatibility with Microsoft Word documents. Here's the details for all the updated apps, which appear to have fixed some of the worst complaints people had.

All the apps have included language support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

Pages fixes are mainly about how nicely it plays with Microsoft Word documents. There are also some cosmetic cleanups.

Numbers also gets a slew of updates and fixes including better behavior when importing from Numbers on the Mac, table formatting fixes, and some fixes for applying new styles and formula updating.

Finally, Keynote gets some Apple first aid too. Among the fixes is an enhanced front/back slider in the Arrange panel, better import from Keynote '09 and PowerPoint, and some cosmetic updates.

Details about all the fixes are on the apps individual pages, and you can click on the links above to get there.

These updates should go a long way to softening many of the complaints people have had about these iPad apps. It was very disturbing that the first release had so many problems with moving documents back and forth between the Mac environment and the iPad versions. Hopefully, this will clean up the mess. Let us know.

[Thanks to several sharp-eyed readers for tipping us to the updates]

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