Key iWork Features Return with Fresh Updates on OS X, iOS

Customizable toolbars, stability improvements and bug fixes

Apple has released new versions of its productivity apps for OS X and iOS, delivering a number of improvements and fixes. Mac users in particular are getting customizable toolbars and new translations.

Pages 5.0.1 for OS X allows you to customize the toolbar with your most important tools, and offers default-on center and edge guides. Stability improvements and bug fixes make up the rest of the update.

Keynote 6.0.1 for Mac also features the customizable toolbar, and offers new transitions, including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, and Swoosh. Some fixes round up the feature list in this update.

Numbers 3.0.1 for OS X includes the customizable toolbar as well. Users will notice that window size and placement are now preserved on Save, and the default zoom level can now be specified (and preserved). The usual code corrections are applied to address bugs.

Pages 2.0.1, Keynote 2.01. and Numbers 2.0.1 all include “stability improvements and bug fixes,” while Keynote in particular is also getting new transitions and new builds.

Apple's lastest iWork updates are part of a broad initiative to bring back some features that fell through the cracks during the 64-bit transition last month.

“In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release,” Apple said, adding that it plans to systematically reintroduce some of these features with updates.

Apple also promised that it would “continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.”

The first of these updates arrived on November 11, when the Cupertino-based computer giant added what it referred to as “new features that make creating beautiful documents with others easier than ever before. It also adds top customer requests, including folders and printing.”

These features included the collaborator list, collaborator cursor, jump-to-collaborator, collaboration animation, printing, folders, the ability to reorder sheets, slide skipping (in Keynote) and hyperlinks.

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