Apple yesterday released significant updates to its suite of "iWork" apps for the iPad: Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Labeled as versions 1.2, there's a common thread that runs through all three app updates: better file sharing options and support for more file formats, specifically Microsoft office equivalents (specifically .XLS and .PPT export).
Pages v1.2 (App Store), Numbers 1.2 (App Store) and Keynote 1.2 (App Store, $9.99 each) add two major features:
Easier file sharing makes it easier to send and receive documents from your iPad to a Mac or PC. With version 1.2 you now have the option to:
- Send and receive files via email
- Upload your documents to iWork.com public beta
- Transfer files between your iPad and computer (via iTunes)
- Copy files to and from your MobileMe iDisk (or any standard WebDAV server)
- Copy files to and from any standard WebDAV server
In addition to the welcome file sharing features, you can also open, save and send more file types with Apple's iWork apps for iPad.
Pages can now open .txt files from Mail and includes improvements for opening and saving Microsoft Word (.DOC) files. Numbers can now export spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS) format and Keynote can export presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT) format.
Solid upgrades all around and all three are now available by touching the Updates button in the App Store button on your iPad.