Apple: Forthcoming iWork releases will reintroduce features, add new ones

Apple today posted the following information on their support pages, verbatim:

About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility

Learn about the new iWork for Mac.

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.

Some features in upcoming releases in the next 6 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

In the meanwhile, you can continue to use these features by accessing the previous versions of the iWork applications which remain installed on your Mac. The previous versions can be found in Applications > iWork ’09.

Reverting documents created in the new iWork for Mac applications to the previous version’s file format

New or existing documents you open in the new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote use the new unified file format. These files can’t be opened in the previous versions of the iWork applications. To revert the document file format to the previous version, you can do one of the following:

Documents that you haven’t edited can be reverted to the iWork ’09 version by selecting File > Revert To.
If you have edited the document and want to preserve the edits, you can save it as an iWork ’09 document by selecting File > Export To, then choosing Pages ’09, Numbers ’09, or Keynote ’09.

Source: Apple: About the new iWork for Mac: Features and compatibility

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple’s iWork ’13: Dumbed down or smart move? – November 6, 2013
Some users angry over Apple’s free iWork suite – October 29, 2013
Apple’s Pages 5.0 an unmitigated disaster? – October 24, 2013
Apple releases next-gen 64-bit iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS; free with new Macs and iOS devices – October 22, 2013

50 Comments

    1. This was a calculated risk… Apple knows that iWork is not yet established in the enterprise, so the fallout would be less severe than if MS suddenly did the same thing with Office. This gives them the freedom to recreate their apps around their new centralized desktop / mobile / cloud vision without the albatross of legacy code, formats and bloat. Apple’s getting ready for a major push into business with iPad and wants to make sure it’s software & services are dressed to the nines to present a superior value proposition over the competition.

      1. … (mostly) less than a decade old. Pages was first released in 2005. Did it contain some “regrettable” code? Most programs do. Could they have fixed this with a less-drastic remedy? Betcher-@$$!
        The core of this update has to have been “aligning the entire package around iCloud and iOS”. It may have been OK to offer two similar (but, under the surface, different) packages as if they were twins, but Apple expects better of their coders.
        I sure hope this hasn’t been in the works since the previous release in ’09, but they’ve had enough time to do it right either way. More than a few people depend on Pages, and Apple let them down. My wife lost a large number of her documents in the change. My fault, I guess, for not insuring they were backed up. But, that requires that Sync work, that there is a shareable device possible – things that were not (ARE not?) readily available with the iPad.

      2. Free, is a superior value already, John.
        The number of iDevices coming to work area, also expresses the excellent position Apple is in, specially for business to accept iWorks. Polishing iWorks beyond the initial 64-bit introduction and appearance on iCloud is a direct attack on Google Docs – head on. The time is precise and perfect for Apple… and yes, good point to make sure it’s software is dressed to the nines.

  1. In other words, it’s all coming back. That’s great! I’m happy for all of the current users. And Apple needs to do everything they can to take away from Microsoft anyway. Just like Final Cut, they listened to their users.

    1. Apple has a lot going on… if Tim Cook hints about new things in 2014 is true… then all this foundation stuff: 64-bit…

      will be worth waiting on these features being added to iWork.

      1. I’m here to agree with you.
        Both FCPX and iWork are amateurish and have absolutely zero chance of making any serious impact.
        Apple is in lala land if they think otherwise.

  2. Look at all my comments in the past and you will see that i have never said anything against them. That’s because I really believed in them. Today is the moment I would say that my belief in this company has taken a hit. Not just because of this one issue….but because of many such issues…dating back to releasing iMacs too late for christmas. I feel as is Apple is becoming a hack. Just like MS and the others. Get Tim back to COO and get some heart back in the CEO position. By heart, I mean someone who cares about, “TECH first and the rest will follow” kind of guy.

    1. Sorry, so what you are saying from this article is that by Apple reassuring users that they are adding in the functions that were unavailable at launch that they are a “Hack”??

      So would be better not to let people know they plan to put these features back?

      You know which feature I would love for MSFT to take away from all its versions?? All the damn bugs that stop you from editing and layout of pages the way you want to. Things like how when you try to line up cells in two tables … omg it can be impossible at times and requires “tricking” the application.

      So you are saying that they are a “hack” for giving you free access to the iWork studio through iCloud? Are those feature sets not similar to Google Docs at the same price?

      Are they also “hacks” for now giving free software upgrades to not only iOS but now OS X as well?

      Ok then i love me some “Hacks”

      1. No. They are a Hack because they didn’t know these features were important. Someone had to point this out to them? Really? I am talking about APPLE…the company that knows what you want before you do?

        1. Um, Apple stated these features were not ready for the main launch. These apps were rewritten from scratch. This is not so much about being a hack, but your expectations are out of whack.

          1. Whatever dude!
            I forgave them for messed up iMac rollout last christmas
            I forgave them for Final cut Pro
            I forgave them for Maps
            I forgave them for “apologizing” for maps
            I forgave them for latest iPhone cases that look like Crocs
            I forgave them for Messing up on 5S demand vs 5C demand (they got that totally backwards)
            I forgave them on not putting Apps on ATV
            Now the iWorks mess?
            All this is post Jobs screw ups. These would never have happened had Steve still been here.

            I’ll never use Google or Samsung etc, and neither will my kids. But Apple! Please pull up your socks.

            1. “These would never have happened had Steve still been here.”

              Really? How do you know that? Because Steve Jobs would never have released duds like the Lisa, the Cube and the Flower Power iMac would he…

            2. If you knew anything….you would know that THAT part of his career was BEFORE he “grew” up. Since he came back after his firing he was a different person.

            3. Just to point out, only the Lisa was before his “firing”.

              Also: MobileMe, puck mouse, web apps for iPhone announcement.

              Now I’m not saying that I haven’t been disappointed by the announcements lately, but I do see room for growth in the future. I bought a year ago at $580, and I’ve been waiting since the for something to bring it back and get people really excited.

            4. It’s not just me that thinks much of what Apple does is half-baked. Good.
              Btw, you forgot Siri, who is brilliant one minute and totally useless the next.
              Or iCloud, which is painfully slow on the same network that Google zips along. Or Aperture, which hasn’t been significantly updated in close to 4 years….

    2. Paul, I applaud Apple’s approach in releasing a new generation of the iWork apps that can run as 64-bit apps, have compatibility across Mac and iOS devices and are free to new purchasers of devices (as well as to those who purchased earlier versions). The new versions meet most of the needs of most users already, across the OS X and iOS platforms.

      This is a very important step for enlarging the community of users of the iWork apps.

      True, the initial release of the new iWork apps doesn’t include some features of the iWork 09 apps. For that reason, the 09 apps remain in place on the user’s computer and can still be used.

      Apple has now released its plans for feature additions to the new iWork apps over the next 6 months. That clarifies what I already expected, that Apple has plans for making iWork apps usable for a broad range of users and for a broad range of needs. Great!

      My only concern is about scripting capabilities. I hope AppleScript doesn’t disappear as a feature that supports user extensions of features and automation of operations, at least in the Mac universe.

  3. Well, that’s one way to determine which features your customers are actually using… remove them during a rewrite and see how many complaints you get over specific missing features…

    1. It’s hardly an apology. To take the iWork suite to 64-bit, Apple basically had to rewrite the underlying code in the applications. That was a huge task. Rather than piling on features to a now-unstable train wreck of code that Microsoft Word has become, Apple started over.

      In the short run, it means that some users threw a hissy fit. But in a few months, all the rancor will blow over as Apple keeps adding in missing features. The trade-off is some short term inconvenience for a fresh start on better, 64-bit code. When you look back a year from now, you will see that Apple took the right path.

      All too often, I see impatient readers wanting instant gratification instead of being patient and waiting for something much better. When Apple rolls out a new OS update, how many readers race to be the first to download it, without checking first to see if a big update like Mavericks might break their current apps and drivers?

      Of course, Apple is the first to be blamed, even though the company gave software and driver developers plenty of time to prepare, which of course they did not. And you, dear reader are to blame for not checking first to see if your apps and drivers were compliant. That is why it is better to be patient and simply wait for a month, let the app updates and bug fixes get issued, then THEN make the jump to Mavericks or any new offering.

      But you don’t. You want it now.

      I have a news flash for you: life does not work that way. Things break. Things go wrong. Mistakes are discovered after the fact. But your impatience and desire for instant gratification gets you into trouble, and instead of accepting responsibility for the consequences your impatience created, you immediately blame Apple, the low-hanging fruit.

      Shame on you.

      If you have been on these message boards for years, you should know better. You should know to hold back, wait for a X.0.1 bug fix update, wait to be sure that the new version does not break apps that you have. You know better.

      Instead, you find satisfaction in blaming Tim Cook for everything, and never taking responsibility for your own hubris. Next time, wait. Be patient. Don’t jump before reviews are written, bug fixes issued, and before you know what you’re jumping into. This is fundamental no matter what operating system or software you use. Do your homework first. Measure twice, cut once.

      I for one am content to wait. In a few months’ time, I will enjoy the new iWork suite written on better code, with the key features now added.

      Next time you’re tempted to download immediately, next time you want to post here that you were the first, DON’T. You are smarter than that. Fools rush in where wise men won’t tread.

      So wait. Go outside and enjoy the day. Let the fools create their own troubles.

        1. Not at all. Some people don’t like the programs they depend on to suddenly become useless. I have zero interest in downgrading to the latest version of Pages. Maybe if it is fixed sometime in 2014, or 2017, or whenever they decide OSX might be as important as the spyphones.

          1. Why in the world do you think that iWork ’09 wasn’t removed when you install the new versions?

            That wasn’t unintentional nor happenstance. Anyone who has spent more than a minimal amount of time around large programming projects would understand this.

  4. Too little, too late, Tim. This should have been said from the beginning, and not after the storm of unsatisfied users. Be honest to your customers and don’t tell blah blah about biggest update ever, what only Apple can deliver. Just talk less and – deliver. Hic Rhodos, hic salta!

    Also it is a joke to add only some of the features over next half of a year. There are way more missing now. It will take years and years before Pages one day might be competitive to Word, which I hate to use more than any other software.

    However, North Koreans, no let the punishment begin. Show me your middle finger for criticizing my most favorite company.

      1. My sincere apologies, but both forms are correct. Rhodos is the usual form here in continental Europe. (You know, all those countries who pay for Greece all the time for inventing democracy ages ago and doing nothing since then).

        1. What a nice touch of xenophobia bordering on fascism there.
          Greece was a convenient dumpster for excess German capital when it needed a vent, but once that gigantic ponzi scheme blew up it was all the fault of the lazies on the periphery. Nice.

  5. Thank you Apple.

    Next time release a completed product and you wouldn’t have needlessly inconvenienced your iWork ’09 customers who just spent over a week redesigning their work flows to attempt to solve these gaps in product evolution.

  6. This reminds me a little of the kerfuffle after Final Cut Pro came out. A lot of gnashing of teeth, screaming and wailing. And the first release wasn’t what people expected. Subsequent releases have introduced new features and brought back old features and the Final Cut Pro storm has passed. It’s unfortunate that a lot of people that dumped FC in the interim but that was their call.

    The current Pages is missing a lot of features of Pages 09 but sometimes a ground up rewrite is necessary. I hope that Apple rolls incremental upgrades on regular basis. In the meantime, people who don’t need to edit documents on an iDevice can continue to work in Pages 09, the Pages they know and love.

    Which is pretty much what I plan to do. The Pages upgrade was free and no one forced me to upgrade. It doesn’t meet all my needs at this time but I still have Pages 09 so there’s harm done (IMO).

    1. Absurd. Your comments miss the point entirely. Had Apple said “this is a ground up rewrite and many of the features you’ve come to know and rely on are now gone,” well, that would have been fair and honest. But to claim that this was a major upgrade and to imply that it obviates the need for MS Office, that was a major act of deception. I cannot forgive nor will I forget.

        1. Then you go and rewrite code and get those features, add new ones in and get it out on time……

          You only have a right to bitch if you have a viable solution and the experience to implement, otherwise you are only talking to impress yourself

      1. If they had done that then no one would have installed it. Without issuing a warning that is tantamount to self-harming, new users are happy because they aren’t missing anything, the majority of existing users are happy because they only use it for basic task anyway, and everyone else carried on using the version that Apple left on the machine.
        Storm in a teacup, as per usual.

  7. As I said last week, user interface elements that were lost during the transition from iWork ’09 to iWork ’13 would be relatively easy to restore. That includes essentially all the promised changes listed in the press release. As I also said, what would be much more difficult to restore are elements that require support within the file format. Any changes there must be very carefully done or they will result in a repetition of the current issue–files that are not readable by all the versions of the program that are currently in use. In fact, such changes would require so much work that Apple might not find it worth the trouble.

    The two most obvious file-dependent features dropped from iWork ’09 to iWork ’13 are linked text boxes in Pages and master slide transitions in Keynote. You will note that those are NOT listed in the press release. I can’t speak to the impact of the Keynote issue, but I will note that the omission of text flow from Pages makes it essentially impossible to use it for even semi-serious page layout tasks. Just to give two examples, it makes it impossible to have a sidebar that spans two pages or a front-page newsletter story that continues somewhere inside (unless the final length of the text is known in advance so that text flow is not necessary).

    So, if that necessary feature is not supported in Pages 5.0 and has not been promised for 5.x, it is safe to assume that any Pages 4.3 document using the feature is living on borrowed time. Sooner or later, an update to the operating system will break the unsupported version of the program and render the old files unreadable. Apple defends its intellectual property, so no third-party program will ever be able to read the proprietary file format. Given that reality, it would be foolish to continue using Pages 4.3 to keep on creating obsolete files.

    The question is: where do the orphaned iWork page layout users go now? QuarkXPress 10 costs $849.00 and inDesign CC costs $19.99 per month (forever, if you want access to your own files). Does somebody have an alternative?

    1. Apple said that these are *some* of the features that will be restored. They will include others, but these are the ones that are most commonly complained about. At a guess I would say that the lack of text flow didn’t get as many complaints. Bear in mind that most people use Pages as a basic word processor.

  8. OK, so:
    1) Would it have been THAT hard for Apple to communicate this at the time of launch and avoid annoying loyal pro users?!?!?
    2) Where the heck is editable print view in Numbers?? Since Numbers is especially useful for creating visually appealing graphs, that is a CORE feature.
    Thank you for listening (i.e., reading)!

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