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iWork Updates Bring Improved AppleScript, More

2 April 2014 444 views No Comment

This series of three iWork updates — Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, Numbers 3.2 — has been expected and the expectations are high

This series of three iWork updates — Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, Numbers 3.2 — has been expected and the expectations are high. Improved AppleScript support is among the many fixes, features and tweaks available.

With iWork 2013, Apple released much changed version of their productivity suite that removed many valued features, like AppleScript support, which is back (??) with these updates. Previous updates have added vertical ruler, customizable alignment guides and multiple column/row sorting back.

On the new feature front, users can now share read-only documents.

• Pages 5.2 ($19.99, MAS)
— New “view only” setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
— Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
— Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
— Copy-paste style improvements
— Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
— Improved Instant Alpha image editing
— Media Browser improvements, including search
— Improved AppleScript support
— New Arabic and Hebrew templates
— Improved support for bi-directional text
— Word count for Hebrew
— Create custom data formats
— Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
— Show rulers as a percentage of document size
— Improved text box behaviour
— Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
— Improved ePub export
— Usability improvements

• Keynote 6.2 ($19.99, MAS)
— New “view only” setting lets you share presentations you want others to view but not edit
— Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels
— New transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid
— Improved Magic Move including text morphing
— Apply motion blur to animations
— Show rulers as a percentage of document size
— Improved Instant Alpha image editing
— Media Browser improvements, including search
— Directly specify start and end points of movies
— Create custom data formats
— Export to PPTX format
— Improved AppleScript support
— Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
— Support for animated GIFs
— Detailed presentation import feedback
— Improved animation performance
— Improved bi-directional support: switch direction for text, lists and tables
— Allow objects on slide to layer with master
— Improved text box behaviour
— Usability improvements

Numbers 3.2 ($19.99, MAS)
— New “view only” setting lets you share spreadsheets you want others to view but not edit
— Set margins in print setup
— Create headers and footers in print setup
— New printing options: page numbering, page ordering and zoom
— Create custom data formats
— Create custom table styles
— Drag and drop a CSV file directly into a sheet
— Automatically update an existing table by dragging in a CSV file
— Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
— Cell-based import feedback
— Improved text box behaviour
— Media Browser improvements, including search
— Improved Instant Alpha image editing
— Improved Microsoft Excel compatibility
— Improved AppleScript support
— Usability improvements

Yes, there are iWork updates for iOS — Pages 2.2, Keynote 2.2, Numbers 2.2 — iCloud, though little known about the latter.

Lots to chew through here. What are you seeing, or not, that’s worth getting excited about? Sound off in the comments below…

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