Apple Releases iWork App Updates; Adds Feature To Export To Microsoft Office Format And MobileMe iDisk Integration

BY Jason

Published 22 Sep 2010

iWork suite of apps for iPad

Apple has just released new versions of its iWork suite of apps for iPad. The iWork for iPad comes as three separate applications for Keynote, Pages and Numbers that bring all the functionalities of the desktop version to the iPad.

The new versions of the iPad apps includes number of bug fixes and also brings some new features such as the ability to export files to Microsoft Office format and MobileMe iDisk integration.

According to the What’s new section, here is a list of some of the new features:

– Export presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT) format.
– Copy presentations between Keynote and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
– Support for audio in builds when importing Keynote '09 presentations.
– Ability to group and ungroup objects.
– Add animated builds to grouped objects.
– Lens Flare, Spin and Wipe build animations.
– Revolving Door, Swoosh and Wipe slide transition animations.

– Export spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS) format.
– Copy spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
– Ability to group and ungroup objects.
– Open CSV files from Mail and other apps.

– Copy documents between Pages and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
– Option to display the word count for your document.
– Support for opening .txt files from Mail.
– Ability to group and ungroup objects.
– Import and export existing footnotes, endnotes, sections and tables of contents.
– Import and export Pages '09 tables with image background fills in cells.

Keynote, Pages and Numbers apps are available for $9.99 each in the App Store (iTunes link).

It also looks like the integration with MobileMe iDisk is not as seamless as I would like as users can’t directly work on the files stored in iDisk but I'm assuming its a step in that direction.

I was hoping that Apple will release universal version of these apps so that they can also be used on the iPhone and iPod Touch but the new version of the apps are still iPad-only.

Apple’s iWork suite of apps will soon face competition from Google Docs for iPad, which Google announced yesterday will get editing capabilities in the next few weeks and will be available free.

Will you wait for Google Docs or will you prefer to use Apple’s iWork suite of apps? Let us know in the comments.

[via MacRumors]