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Apple expands iWork productivity apps with new, on-the-go features

By Liu Hongzuo - on 29 Sep 2021, 2:35pm

Apple expands iWork productivity apps with new, on-the-go features

Apple iWork apps across iPhone, Mac, and iPad.

Apple’s iWork - the name for its collective suite of office productivity apps - received enhancements to make them more suitable for working on the go, said the company in an announcement made today. 

Presentations made in Keynote can be enhanced with additional livestreaming of the presenter. To do so, use the front camera on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to add live video directly into the Keynote, and the presenter appears along with the slides. Mac users who own multiple external cameras can also connect them to give the presentations a multi-camera feel.

Also new to Keynote is a multi-presenter option, giving controls to multiple presenters on iPhone, iPad, and Mac remotely. If you’re presenting as a group, multi-presenter would mean there’s no need to wait on your colleague or classmate, nor do you have to constantly tell them to advance to the next Keynote slide - simply control it until your turn is over, and the next presenter can carry on seamlessly.

Screen View.

Pages, the word processing app, is now updated with Screen View - an automatic single-column display for text, images, and other elements. This improves the readability of Pages documents on narrower devices while availing the necessary editing tools. Screen View can be toggled off so that users can preview a document’s layout prior to printing and publishing too.

Pivot Tables.

The Numbers app gets Pivot Tables, making it easier to rearrange, group, and summarise data for trends and patterns analysis. After selecting the datapoints and preferred grouping choices in Numbers, the resulting Pivot Table resurfaces the information in a clear, informative layout while keeping the source data private. Pivot Tables can also be exported out for external use, including Microsoft Excel. The full set of Pivot Tables features will go across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

New Chart type - Radar.

Another new chart type is Radar charts. It uses a radar-style visualisation to compare variables, show similarities, and overlapping information to identify outliers. 

Translate in action.

All three (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) support the new Translation features found in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. To use Translate, simply select the text and let the interface do the heavy lifting.

The updates to iWork apps are now available in the App Store for Apple mobile devices and Mac App Store.

Source: Apple (newsroom)

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