Keynote gets substantial improvements, others get back customizable toolbars
[Updated with additional information] As promised by the company in response to user feedback, updates have been made to Apple's iWork suites of apps for Mac and iOS. Apple has released v2.0.1 updates for the iOS versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The iOS versions of, Pages and Numbers have only received minor bugfixes, but the Mac versions gained back a feature removed from the v10 remakes - customizable toolbars. The Mac and iOS version of Keynote also added a series of new transitions and builds.
Web apps still officially in beta
Apple has made several minor updates to iWork for iCloud. The emphasis is on collaboration features, which now include a list of the people currently working on a project. Likewise, apps will display cursors and selections for each editor.
Users have complained about missing features
Some features that went missing in last month's iWork update for the Mac will return within the next six months, Apple states in a new knowledge base article. The company says that it rewrote the suite with compatibility in mind, including 64-bit processing and interaction between Mac, iOS, and iCloud. That led to some iWork '09 features being left out, but a number of them should return in a series of future updates.
Could impact number of developers
The AppleScript dictionary included with the latest version of the iWork suite has been so stripped down as to be virtually absent, a developer observes. AppleScript lets both developers and individuals automate actions that would otherwise require many repetitive steps. "What I suspect Apple doesn't realize is how much small business and small shops workflow depends upon AppleScript," comments the developer, Clark Goble. "Casual use is fine. But a lot of people do more. It wouldn't be so bad were there an alternative."
Service on verge of leaving beta
Apple is in the process of bringing iWork for iCloud out of beta later today, a glimpse at iCloud.com suggests. Loading the beta Pages, Numbers, or Keynote web apps currently triggers a notification at the top of the site, promising more features for each app within "a few short hours." Apple is due to hold a press event at 10AM Pacific time, after which the company will presumably flip the switch on completed web apps.
Issues not universal
Some users of the new iOS iWork apps are experiencing "blue screen of death" crashes, complaints indicate. The crashes can potentially affect Pages, Numbers, and Keynote alike, and are easy to trigger. After launching one of the apps, users just have to open an existing document and then hit a device's Home button. This may not only kill the app, but force the device itself to reboot. Not all users are suffering from the problem however.
Users encounter error messages at iCloud.com
Apple is restricting some users' access to the iWork for iCloud beta, anecdotes indicate. People trying to launch Pages, Numbers, or Keynote from the iCloud website may find themselves blocked by an error message stating that Apple has had an "overwhelming response," and asking them to "check back soon." The company promises however that documents saved in the Mac and iOS versions of iWork will still be backed up to iCloud.
Rollout no longer gradual
The iWork for iCloud beta is now accessible by all iCloud users. Web versions of the iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- were initially restricted to developers, but then gradually began reaching the general public through the beta iCloud site. Today, though, the iWork apps have been independently pushed to iCloud.com.
Several paid Apple apps included in first-time recommendations
An oddity in the latest iOS 7 beta suggests that Apple could make the iOS edition of iWork and/or several other of its apps free. The App Store's first-time recommendation window, which suggests Apple apps to download, is currently including the iWork apps -- Pages, Keynote, Numbers -- as well as several other paid titles, like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand. The window normally only mentions free apps, such as iBooks and Find My iPhone.
Keynote for iCloud defines Apple's vision for web 3.0
Yesterday we took a look at the Pages for iCloud beta and were highly impressed by what Apple has achieved with its word processing and publishing application. It looks and works very much like a desktop application and pushes the envelope for what has previously been achieved with an entirely web-based app. Keynote is the next of the three iWork for iCloud beta apps in our short series looking at Apple's new iWork for iCloud suite of web apps. Is it possible to recreate a presentation app in the cloud with the full power of a desktop presentation app? It doesn't seem likely, but then it didn't seem likely that we would see what a web-app like Pages for iCloud can do in a browser.
Test base grows beyond developers
Access to the iWork for iCloud beta has been extended to Apple workers, according to an internal email. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote web apps were launched in beta form earlier this month at WWDC 2013, but testing was initially restricted to third parties registered in Apple's developer program. Apple workers are allowed to access the beta for personal use.
Will support Office documents
Apple has announced that its iWork app suite -- Pages, Keynote, and Numbers -- will be coming to iCloud.com sometime later this year. In web form, the apps will support a variety of editing functions such as font selection, adding, cropping, and rotating images, or animating Keynote transitions. Users will be able to gain access via compatible OS X and Windows browsers; Office documents will be included in format support.
Over 6M registered developers, 1 million Apple store visitors per day
Apple CEO Tim Cook has started the keynote address at the currently-running 24th Worldwide Developer Conference by relaying some key statistics to the on-location and online audience. This year, there are 100 sessions, 120 labs, and 1,000 Apple engineers in attendance, but he warns those present "they're here to help, but don't ask them about future roadmaps."
Updates could arrive on or soon after WWDC
Several recent Apple job listings may hint that the company is on the verge of updating both the OS X and iOS editions of iWork, reports say. Some of the listings date back as far as March; one of them, though, was posted on May 11, and specifically calls for an iWork QA tester, which could mean Apple is in the last phases of development. Another opening, dating back to May 7, asks for a "HiDP Image Specialist," tasked with bringing iWork visual designs to Retina displays.
Apps last updated in December
Apple has posted minor updates to the iOS versions of its iWork apps. In this case Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all share the same release notes, indicating that they make "stability improvements and bug fixes." Apple hasn't identified what particular bugs have been solved.
Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adapter still off store
(Updated with Thunderbolt-to-FireWire availability) Apple appears to have restored new build-to-order options for the lower-end model of the Retina MacBook Pro. At the company's online store, shoppers can now scale the processor up to a 2.6 or 2.7GHz Core i7, or the SSD up to 512 or 768GB. Apple is moreover allowing any new Mac buyer to have Pages, Numbers, or Keynote pre-installed.
New Server just $20 add-on
(Updated with Safari security notes) Accompanying today's launch of OS X Mountain Lion are a number of parallel software updates. Amount these is OS X Server for Mountain Lion, a $20 add-on. The release marks another price drop for Server, which in its Lion form cost $49; before that it cost several times more still.
Pushes users to Mac App Store
Apple has removed trial versions of Aperture and the iWork suite from its website, reports observe. In both cases, users are now being asked to visit the Mac App Store and pay for full products. "The trial version of iWork is no longer supported. But you can easily purchase Keynote, Pages, and Numbers from the Mac App Store to start creating beautiful presentations, documents, and spreadsheets today," the US iWork page reads.
Mobile banking from NatWest
Slidevana, a new template package designed for Keynote, has been launched at the discounted price of $69. More than 130 slides are included in the bundle, ranging from simple lists, tables, and charts, to more complex timelines and business frameworks. Currently, slides are available in both Mac and iOS Keynote optimized formats, however, Slidevana has stated that a PowerPoint template will soon be available.
Chip maker highlights strategy
Intel is currently holding a keynote event at CES in Las Vegas to highlight its latest endeavors. Check out our live page for details as they happen.
Whole host of Apple apps get updates
Complementing the introduction of Find My Friends and AirPort Utility, Apple has launched two more iOS apps, plus updates to several existing titles. The first of the new apps is Cards, a previously announced program that lets users insert custom text and photos into 21 basic designs and have real-world greeting cards mailed to addresses around the world. This costs $3 when mailing within the US, or $5 when sending a card to an international address.
Part of the 'Apple Keynote' podcast series
Users who wish to watch the iPhone-centered press conference held yesterday at Apple's main Cupertino Campus without streaming it can now download a standard-definition (but widescreen) copy via iTunes. As part of the Apple Keynotes podcast, the event was added to the lineup late yesterday. The keynote is in a iOS-friendly 640x360 MP4 format and features new CEO Tim Cook and several other presenters as they introduce the new iPhone 4S, refreshed iPods, iOS 5 and iCloud.
iTunes expected to go full-screen, 64-bit
(Updated for iWork, iTunes, Safari releases) Apple is preparing several important software updates that should arrive in the near future, Software Update images from AppleInsider indicate. Perhaps the most significant of these is iTunes 10.4, which is said to be designed for Lion, for instance incorporating an iLife-style fullscreen mode which supports app switching using gestures. The program is also being made a native 64-bit Cocoa title, and cleaned up with a variety of stability and performance tweaks. iTunes is one of the few flagship Apple titles still operating with 32-bit code.
Templates for Keynote Pro
Black Mana Studios has introduced a new iPad tool designed specifically for creating screenplays. Screenplay for iPad was built upon the same framework as its iPhone counterpart, but introduces more than 75 new features. The iPad release allows users to import screenplays as either TXT or FDX files, and includes an auto-style mode that attempts to guess what the next element of a script will be based on the current element. Users can also organize story elements onto color coded index cards that can be exported to a computer. Screenplay for iPad can be purchased in the App Store for $14.
Graphic Node outs new Keynote themes
A new package of Vintage Compressors has been added to Native Instruments' Guitar Rig 4 and Guitar Rig Player software. Developed in collaboration with Softube, the package features three different compressor models, dubbed the VC 76, VC 2A and VC 160. The VC 76 has been optimized for drums and vocals, the VC 2A for vocals, bass and guitar, while the VC 160 is most appropriate for string instruments and individual drums. All three emulators offer the full feature set of their analog predecessors, including a side chain input with an adjustable high-pass filter. Vintage Processors is available as a download in the NI Online Shop for $229, with individual models offered for $119 each.
Downloadable copy not yet available through iTunes
[Update: A downloadable version of the keynote is now available via iTunes] Apple has posted a streaming video of the keynote presentation delivered yesterday morning at the Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco. The keynote, which features CEO Steve Jobs as well as other members of the Apple executive team, runs just under two hours and features noticeably improved streaming video quality, perhaps a reflection of Apple's upgraded server centers.
Price targets as high as $510 follow Apple Keynote
Apple's WWDC Keynote, announcing iCloud, iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, has sparked positive reaction from numerous Apple-focused financial analysts, with raised target prices between $460 and $510 per share. The analysts predicted increased sales of the iPad 2, acceptance of Apple's iCloud and iTunes Match service and the popularity of iOS 5 on refreshed hardware in the fall as part of the reason for their enthusiasm for Apple going into the remainder of the year.
iPad app now universal
Apple has launched a major update of the mobile version of iWork, evolving it to support the iPhone and iPod touch. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are now universal titles, continuing to offer an expanded, more complex interface on iPads. Pricing also remains a consistent $10 for each title.
New Keynote themes from Graphic Node
A free demo for Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy has been launched by Battlefront. Battle For Normandy is a tactical game that attempts to recreate the land warfare in Western France during World War II. The demo release is available for both PC and Mac systems and features three playable scenarios, including a training mission that introduces players to the games controls. The Scenario Editor is also accessible through the demo, however, players will not be able to purchase units, or load/save maps.
MobileMe winding down, iWork pushed to App Store?
Apple has shut down rebate offers for MobileMe and iWork, according to a leaked internal memo. It was previously possible to get $30 off a MobileMe subscription when buying a Mac or iOS device, or $30 off a new copy of the iWork suite when buying a Mac. Resellers were asked to "remove any reference to these promotions by close of business" on the 18th, the memo indicates.
New content from Jumsoft
A limited-time $1 promotion is currently being offered on Algoriddim's iPhone version of djay. The software features a dual turntable view when held in landscape mode, but switches to a single deck when working in portrait mode. Direct access to a user's iPod library is provided for quickly importing songs, while a live recording feature allows users to capture their mixes and share them with others. Other features include cue points, BPM matching, pre-cueing on a headphone splitter, and AirPlay audio for automates. Algoriddim has not set a firm end to the promotion, however, it is likely to run until the end of the week. Afterwards, the application will rise to a new price of $5.
iWeb set to join GarageBand and iMovie for iPad?
It may have been some time since iWeb, Apple’s simple WYSIWYG web page design tool, has received new features. However, it appears that Apple has at the very least considered bringing it across to the iPad. A new patent application has emerged that shows a version of iWeb for the iPad. It would join GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Pages and iMovie as productivity and creativity apps ported from its Mac OS X platform over to its burgeoning iOS platform.
Update adds support for iWork.com beta
Apple has released an update to its iWork '09 productivity suite today, adding playback of Keynote presentations on the iWork.com public beta -- requiring the latest version of Safari -- with 15 animations and effects. Keynote Remote v1.2 is now supported with high-resolution slides available for Retina displays and two major bugs in Keynote are fixed. One involves a ruler issue when resizing, the other an export to iPod issue when iTunes 10 is installed alongside iWork '09. The update also fixes a Drop transition, Dissolve build, and Shape Colors issue in Keynote.
Keynote Themes Plus outs new themes
Morodo has announced the launch of MO-Call 2.0 for the iPhone 4. The mobile VoIP application offers cheap long distance calling rates and can be used to make calls over a WiFi network. The latest update adds a number of new features including a new user interface, additional payment options, and full account management. Users can now view call records, order history, and SMS delivery reports all from within the application. MO-Call is a free download in the Apple App Store.
Apps gain AirPrint, iOS 4.2.1 compatibility
As hinted at earlier, Apple has posted v1.3 updates for apps in the iPad version of the iWork suite. All expected upgrades are present, including support for two key iOS 4.2.1 features: multitasking, and AirPrint, which allows printing via Wi-Fi. Only a handful of HP printers are currently supported, however.
Should add iOS 4.2, AirPrint support
To help back today's iOS 4.2 update, Apple is also planning to launch simultaneous v1.3 updates of the Pages, Keynote and Numbers iPad apps, a news story claims. All three iWork titles should be getting support for iOS 4.2's multitasking capabilities, as well as AirPrint integration. Some AirPrint options include page- or slide-range selection, duplex printing and setting the number of copies.
iWork '11 may send Keynote slides to Apple TV
iWork '11 and possibly the mobile suite may have a way of sending Keynote presentations out to the Apple TV, an e-mail message reputedly from Steve Jobs said this weekend. A fan asking if he could send Keynote presentations to the media hub from an iOS device or a Mac was told that it could all be released in the near future. "It's all coming soon," Jobs said in the message obtained by TUAW. "Stay tuned."
Suite essentially finished, sources say
iWork '11 is actually already finished and just waiting for the introduction of the Mac App Store in order to ship, sources for AppleInsider claim. The same people also say that Numbers, Pages and Keynote will be available separately through the App Store, and that Apple has yet to decide whether the usual boxed retail version of iWork will be published. Images from Apple's Back to the Mac event depict iWork programs becoming available for $20 each via the App Store.
New MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion
Apple has posted the keynote video for its "Back to the Mac" event, which was held earlier today in San Francisco. The company introduced Mac OS X Lion, with many features inspired by iOS for the iPhone and iPad. The upcoming OS was previewed alongside iLife '11 and a FaceTime utility designed for video calling on a Mac.
REALbasic plugins get accessibility in Carbon
Keynote Pro has released Aurora for Keynote, a new theme tied to Apple's presentation software. It includes 26 master slide templates covering a variety of purposes, with new Citation and Compare & Contrast layouts. The download is also accompanied by the Aurora Supplemental Materials file, which includes the Aurora palette, Button Objects for interactive presentations, and an infographic style using translucent hexagons to create a sense of perspective. Aurora Standard Edition costs $25, while a Pro Edition with extra HD content is priced at $35. Also available is the Pro Mobile edition, which bundles Pro Edition and new Aurora EP Edition content for $50.
iDisk, WebDAV support also shared in common
Apple has released v1.2 updates for the trio of iWork apps available for the iPad. Critically, Numbers documents can now be exported as Excel files, while Keynote presentations can be exported in PowerPoint format. All three apps -- including Pages -- have been updated with the ability to group and ungroup objects, as well as upload to a MobileMe iDisk or miscellaneous WebDAV services.
New Keynote elements from KTP
St. Clair Software has launched App Tamer, a new Mac utility that can automatically pause applications to help reduce CPU usage and improve battery life. The application works by pausing applications when a user switches to another task, freeing up additional resources, and then restarts any working tasks when the app is brought back into the foreground. App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically pause Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, while other applications can be setup by users. Users can also view a graphical history of CPU usage, in addition to the average percentage of processing power being used by each application. A 15-day demo of the software can be downloaded from the company's site for free, while a full license costs $15.
Bug fixes also included
Apple has released an update to its iWork suite of productivity applications. Version 9.0.4 addresses unnamed issues in Keynote, Pages and Numbers. The update also adds an ePub export option in Pages, enabling users to save documents in a format compatible with the iBooks reader app for iOS devices.
OWC offers RAM options for new iMacs
Jumsoft has launched 10 new themes for Apple's Keynote presentation software. The Keynote Themes line includes Enterprise, Glossy Black, Precision, Glossy Metal, Sky Blue, Nostalgia, Subtle Mind, Living Space, Gabardine, and Signed & Sealed. Each theme features 32 master slides, including a selection of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. Also included with each theme is a matching set of tables, charts, and media placeholders. In addition, the themes also include a complimentary Bullets folder wit ha set of 15 extra bullet designs for further customization. The themes require iWork '08 or later and have been made available on Jumsoft's website for $19 each.
New themes work with iPad, Mac apps
iPresentee has launched Keynote Themes for iPad. The pack is the company's first to expand beyond the desktop Keynote, and includes 33 iPad-specific themes for graphic presentations. The material is equally Mac-compatible, allowing people the option of designing on a computer and then transferring to an iPad.
Apps get new languages, tweaks, bugfixes
Apple has updated all three apps in the iPad iWork suite, bringing their versions up to v1.1. Pages has gained support for several new languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish and simplified Chinese. Some of these will be essential for international iPad users, who should get access to the iWork suite on or around May 28th.
Suite still amongst most popular iPad titles
The iPad version of iWork could generate over $40 million a year for Apple, one projection suggests. The figure is based on Silicon Alley Insider talks with several top 10 iPad developers, and a subsequent estimate that paid apps sell about 2,500 copies per weekday, and another 7,500 per Saturday or Sunday. This translates into 27,500 downloads per app, per week, and at a cost of $10 per app, $825,000 in weekly revenue.
Keynote Zone releases Desktop Keynote
A new forum post at ModMyi.com details how to use an existing AT&T SIM card in the recently-released iPad 3G. In order to make the card work, people must trace the shape of a micro SIM card onto the full-sized one, and cut it out with an X-Acto knife. The result should work in the iPad's micro SIM slot after changing the device's APN setting to "phone." Alternately, the carrier testing mode can be used in iTunes to enter a custom IPCC file. Melech518, the user who posted the article, suggests using Stealth's ATT_US_STEALTH.ipcc, and has allegedly confirmed that the mod works for both Rogers in Canada and T-Mobile in the US. If the old card is cut carefully, it can even be pieced back together and used in a phone that requires a larger SIM tray.
Keynote Hub releases three new themes
In conjunction with the release of the iPad on April 4th, Secure CC will launch two new products for building and managing online stores. eShox4Pad and eShox4Mac are monthly pay-as-you-go services that allow users to set up an online store and customize it to meet their needs. RapidWeaver theme integration allows users to choose between different layouts and styles without background knowledge in HTML code. International stores have also been covered, with options for more than 12 different languages and automatic currency conversion based on daily exchange rates. Both the iPad and desktop applications will be free to download, while hosting will cost $10 per month, $50 for six months, or $100 for a full year.