After the release of OS X 10.7 Lion this morning, Apple has released a few software updates to bring some of its applications up-to-date to work well with the features that Lion has to offer. These features include the option to run applications in full-screen mode, automatically save versions of documents and make them available through the document's title bar, and support Lion's Resume feature so windows and applications can be relaunched in their current state after restarting or logging out.
The bottom line: Mac OS X Lion is definitely a worthy upgrade for all Intel Mac users. Featuring several interface enhancements and useful new features across all the core apps, Mac OS X Lion is an excellent update for the price.
Review: When Apple showed off Mac OS X Lion at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech earlier this year, it was clear the company had paid attention to its successes with the popular iOS devices, and was now beginning to include successful iOS features in its flagship OS. Also, with Apple laptops and tablets now far outpacing desktop sales, … Read more
Apple this morning rolled out universal versions of all three of its iWork apps, bringing the suite to iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
Keynote, Pages, and Numbers (updated reviews), which have been on the App Store for the past year, were previously only available for iPad users. Today's updates shrink the same user interfaces down into pocket-size versions that let users create, save, open, and edit documents.
Along with going universal Apple has tweaked the user interface a bit to let users see thumbnail previews of documents to find them by sight.
The software suite originally made its debut on the Mac OS, beginning with Keynote, Apple's presentation software. Apple later added Pages then Numbers, rolling together all three applications into iWork. Apple now sells the individual applications through the Mac App Store, and in the iOS App Store, letting users get a single program without having to buy the others.
The apps continue to retail for $9.99 each, and this morning's update is free of charge to existing owners of the applications. The software is only available to users of Apple's more recent iOS products, including the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, third- and fourth-generation iPod Touch devices, and iPad and iPad 2. … Read more
Office², the app that lets you view and edit Microsoft Office Documents, has just today announced support for PowerPoint Presentations with version 4.0, making it a good way to take your Microsoft work with you on your iPad, but it has one major limitation.
It's no secret that when Apple's first iPad hit stores, working people wondered if they could get rid of their laptops and use the touch screen for business and productivity purposes. Apple offered up solid, but abbreviated versions of their own iWork suite (with some Microsoft compatibility), but many users' companies relied … Read more
Apple today sent a note to users of its iWork.com public beta program informing them of updates made to the system.
There were two major features added to iWork.com: Keynote presentation playback and new publishing options, according to the e-mail sent by Apple.
With Keynote '09 presentation playback, users viewing your shared Keynote documents will be able to see the presentations as they were meant to be viewed, with animations, video, hyperlinks, and audio if those are part of your presentation.
Playback is supported using the latest version of Safari on the Mac and PC. You can also … Read more
Apple has released an update to its popular iWork office and productivity suite. The update addresses bugs relating to managing and editing Keynote presentations, and also addresses some compatibility issues with EPUB document exports and Apple's iWork.com document-sharing and collaboration service.
The specific changes to the suite are as follows:
All iWork 9.0.5 applications
Adds public sharing and private upload options for iWork.com public beta.
Allows playback of Keynote presentations on iWork.com, with over 15 animations and effects, when using the latest version of Safari.
Addresses an issue with the … Read more
Coinciding with Apple's release of iOS 4.2, iWork for iPad gets an update, adding support for iOS 4.2 features such as multitasking, AirPrint, and several other enhancements.
iOS 4.2 fixes a font compatibility issue when exporting PDF formatted documents from Numbers, Keynote, or Pages for iPad which should help when sharing documents to Windows-based systems.
Keynote 1.3 now includes a Presenter Display option, allowing presenters to display the current or next slide or their presenter notes on the iPad when it is connected to an external display or television. Keynote also received performance updates when … Read more
Apple has released a new update for iWork on iPad that adds support for saving documents to MobileMe iDisk as well as the option to export documents in more native Microsoft Office formats.
With Apple pushing to sell the iPad as more than just a consumption tool, these important updates to the flagship productivity suite on the touch-screen tablet indicate that Apple is serious about achieving its goal.
The 1.2 update for iWork gives Keynote and Numbers the capability to export to comparable native Microsoft Office formats for PowerPoint and Excel. Pages previously supported exporting to Word formatted documents.… Read more
Apple has released an update for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro systems released in mid-2010, which addresses a problem that could cause freezes and hangs during use, and more notably during start-up. The prevalence of this problem is rare, but has affected a few systems.
In addition to the freezes and hangs, the update addresses compatibility issues with external displays.
In order to install the update, you will need to have your external power supply attached and should expect a gray screen with a status bar appear when the system reboots. It is important that you do not interrupt this … Read more
Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in news and notes from the world of Apple. This week, he responds to viewer emails regarding a possible new iPod touch, new iLife and iWork, and how to better find great Apps and manage music using iTunes.
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