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Missing iWork Features Will Be Restored

Missing iWork Features Will Be Restored
iWork users will get their favorite tools back soon. / Credit: Shutterstock

Users miffed about missing features in Apple’s overhauled iWork apps will get their favorite tools back — but not for a few months.

Apple announced it will be updating the iWork office productivity suite over the next six months to restore a variety of features missing from the software.

Power users cried foul when Apple replaced its old desktop office applications — including the Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet editor and Keynote presentation maker — with simplified, iOS-compatible versions last month. All three apps now boast an updated look, but are missing a variety of features and options from older versions.

For business users, the omissions overshadowed a variety of upgrades for the apps, including full iCloud integration with support for collaborative editing, new context-sensitive menus, additional templates, interactive charts and more.

Apple said the following features will be implemented over the next six months:

Pages

  • Customized 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
  • Multicolumn and range sort
  • Auto-complete text in cells
  • Page headers and footers
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

Keynote

  • Customized toolbar
  • Restoring old transitions and builds
  • Improvements to presenter display
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

In the meantime, Mac users can still access these features in the iWork ’09 apps, which remain installed even after users upgrade to the 2013 releases; the old apps are accessible from the Applications menu.

Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.