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Apple says missing iWork features will return in the next 6 months

When Apple introduced the new iWork for Mac suite last month, it generated a lot of negative press due to substantial missing features that had been a staple of the old iWork '09 suite. Now Apple says many of the missing features are coming back. In an updated Knowledgebase article called About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility, Apple says:

The new iWork applications-Pages, Numbers, and Keynote-were released for Mac on October 22nd. These applications were rewritten from the ground up to be fully 64-bit and to support a unified file format between OS X and iOS 7 versions, as well as iWork for iCloud beta.

These apps feature an all-new design with an intelligent format panel and many new features such as easy ways to share documents, Apple-designed styles for objects, interactive charts, new templates, and new animations in Keynote.

In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork '09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

The company then goes on to say the following features will be reintroduced into the new version in the following 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

Six months seems like a long wait, but iWork fans will be happy Apple is at least on the case.

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