Category: iWork/iLife

iWork Available for iPhone and iPod Touch

iWork for iOS

iWork for iOS

Apple has today announced that its iWork suite of productivity applications is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch via the App Store. iWork which was originally available for the Mac was ported over to iOS for the iPad in 2010 and now iPhone and iPod touch users can install iWork apps too.

“Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organize and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch.”

Keynote, Pages and Numbers are universal apps that run on iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation). Keynote, Pages and Numbers are available from the App Store for $9.99 each for new users, or as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers.

Minor iWeb Update Offers Bug Fixes

Apple has today released a minor update to iWeb, the update which is described as delivering “bug fixes and improvements” weighs in at 117.12MB and brings iWeb to version 3.0.3.

The iWeb 3.0.3 update comes with the following release notes:

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

  • Addresses an issue when using the iSight Movie widget on certain Macs
  • Addresses an issue publishing iWeb sites using FTP
  • Improves compatibility with Mac OS X

Best Buy Pins February 19 for iWork 11 Release

A page on Best Buy Mexico’s website has inadvertently revealed that Apple could be planning to release iWork ’11 on February 19. The page spotted by Apple Bitch reads: “Discover The New iWork’ 11. Visit a Best Buy on February 19th and find out what you can do with iWork ’11″.

Some retailers have recently reported that stock of iWork ’11 has begun to run low.

Apple Releases Minor iWork Update

Apple had today released iWork 9.0.5 which contains updates for Pages and Keynote as well as improvements across the entire iWork suite.

Apple offers the following notes on the iWork 9.0.5 update:

All iWork 9.0.5 Applications

  • Adds public sharing and private upload options for iWork.com public beta.

Keynote 5.0.5

  • Allows playback of Keynote presentations on iWork.com, with over 15 animations and effects, when using the latest version of Safari.
  • Addresses an issue with the Drop transition, Dissolve build, and shape colors.
  • Addresses an issue with rulers.
  • Adds support for Keynote Remote 1.2*, including high-resolution slides for the Retina display.

Pages 4.0.5

  • Improves the readability of exported ePub documents.

iWork.com public beta

  • Allows playback of Keynote presentations on the web.
  • When using the latest version of Safari, the following transitions and builds are available:

    Transitions:

    Magic Move
    Cube
    Dissolve
    Drop
    Flip
    Motion Dissolve
    Move in
    Pivot
    Push
    Reveal
    Scale
    Twirl

    Builds:

    Appear/Disappear
    Cube
    Dissolve
    Drop
    Move In/Out
    Pivot
    Pop
    Scale
    Twirl

  • Other animations will display as Dissolve when using the latest version of Safari.
  • Appear/Disappear animations will be used on non-Safari browsers and older versions of Safari.
  • Dynamic, onscreen navigation controls are provided to control web presentations.
  • Keynote presentations can be embedded on websites and blogs using the embed code.
  • Improves user experience of iWork.com on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Stability Update Available for iPhoto ’11

Bookbuilding in iPhoto '11

Bookbuilding in iPhoto '11

Apple has this week released a minor update to iPhoto ’11, the update “improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues” as well as adding new email options.

iPhoto 9.1.1 – 62.09MB

This update adds new email options to iPhoto ’11. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. Specific fixes include:

  • Adds a preference allowing photos to be emailed using an external email application
  • Adds “Classic” and “Journal” themes to email.
  • Photos attached to an email can now be sized to Small, Medium or Large
  • Improves reliability when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto
  • iPhoto now correctly preserves the sort order of Events after upgrading a library
  • Event titles displayed in headers can now be edited in Photos view
  • Addresses a problem that could cause duplicate photos to be added to a MobileMe album
  • Scrolling overlay now correctly displays ratings when photos are sorted by rating
  • Photos are now sorted correctly when a rating is changed and photos are sorted by rating
  • Fixes a problem that could cause text formatting controls to become inaccessible when editing a calendar

Apple Updates iWork Apps for iPad

Apple iPad running iWork

Apple iPad running multi-touch versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers

To coincide with the release of iOS 4.2 for iPad Apple has also released updates to its iWork apps making them iOS 4.2 compatible.

Pages 1.3

  • Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
  • Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
  • Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
  • Automatic pagination of tables that cross a page break.
  • Improved reliability when importing Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents.
  • Improved usability including font size selection, and bold, italic, and underline indicators in ruler.
  • Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
  • Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

Keynote 1.3

  • Enhanced presenter display shows the current slide, the next slide, or your notes when connected to an external display.
  • Ability to import existing and add new presenter notes to slides.
  • Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including slide range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
  • Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
  • Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
  • Improved reliability when importing Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
  • Improved usability.
  • Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
  • Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

Numbers 1.3

  • Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
  • Print preview to adjust how a sheet prints across multiple pages, including Auto Fit.
  • PDF export takes advantage of pagination settings from print preview.
  • Formula entry using a keyboard, including predictive function selector.
  • Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
  • Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
  • Improved reliability when importing Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  • Improved usability.
  • Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
  • Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

iPhoto 9.0.1, Logic and Mac Pros Receive Updates

Apple this week released a flurry of software updates for a number of different pieces of software, also released was an EFI update for the mid-2010 Mac Pro models.

iPhoto 9.0.133.87MB

This update addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto.

Logic Express 9.1.3139.68MB

This update delivers improved general stability and compatibility.

Issues addressed with 9.1.3 include:

  • Improved compatibility with Hyper-Threading.

Logic Pro 9.1.3193.01MB

This update delivers improved general stability and compatibility.

Issues addressed with 9.1.3 include:

  • Improved compatibility with Hyper-Threading.

Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.51.96MB

This update is recommended for all Mac Pro (Mid 2010) models and addresses the following issues:

  • Resolves an issue that prevented the firmware password prompt from being displayed
  • Resolves an issue that prevented the Boot Picker from being presented if Ethernet is connected to a network without DHCP

‘Back to the Mac’ Event Available to Watch

Today’s ‘Back to the Mac’ special event hosted by Apple in Cupertino is now available to stream and download.

The special event which lasted 1 hour 30 minutes saw the first preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion which marks the eight major iteration of Mac OS X. Shipping in Summer 2011 the short look at Lion demoed some of the major features coming to the OS.

Apple also took the opportunity to release a brand new redesigned MacBook Air as well as a 11.6-inch sibling, both are ultra light and thin taking design cues from the iPad.

Finally Apple has updated iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband and are now part of iLife ’11 which is available today.

The event can be streamed via Apple’s website or downloaded via the “Apple Keynotes” podcast [iTS] on the iTunes Store.

Apple Introduces iLife ’11

iLife '11

iLife '11

Apple has announced the availability of iLife ’11 which is available today. iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with stunning full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and quickly transform them into fun theatrical trailers for easy posting online. GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available as a $49 (£45) upgrade for existing users.

“iLife is widely regarded as the best suite of ‘Digital Life’ applications in the world, and iLife ’11 makes them even better,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iLife now makes it easier than ever to create books and letterpress cards, make amazing movie trailers from your personal videos and post them online, and make your band sound far better or teach yourself piano or guitar.”

iPhoto ’11

  • New full screen modes
  • Facebook enhancements
  • Emailing photos
  • New slideshow templates
  • New book templates
  • Letterpress printed cards

iMovie ’11

  • All new audio editing
  • One step effects
  • People finder
  • New news and sports themes
  • Ability to create movie trailers

Garageband ’11

  • Flex time
  • Groove matching
  • More guitar amps and effects
  • New piano and guitar lessons
  • “How did I play?”

iWeb and iDVD are still included with iLife ’11 but have not received an update.

Rumour Roundup: ‘Back to the Mac’ Special Event

Apple HQ, 1 Infinite Loop | Photo by Wysz - Flickr

Today Apple will host a special event at its Cupertino headquarters, in attendance will be select members of the media. Update: Apple has confirmed it will host a live video stream of today’s event.

When Apple sent out invites last week it became clear what the focus of this special event was; with the title “Back to the Mac” it seems clear that Apple wishes to move away from the focus on iOS and iPods to return to the company’s roots. The invitation sent to the media was simple in design featuring an Apple logo that is revealing an image of a Lion, underneath is the text “Back to the Mac”.

Using just the invite as a clue it seems that Apple wishes to focus this event on its next iteration of Mac OS X, presumed to be dubbed Lion in line with Apple’s previous big cat names. But will Apple use the event to show off other new products?

Join World of Apple on Wednesday, October 20 at 10AM PDT/6PM BST for coverage of Apple’s “Back to the Mac” special event.

Mac OS X v10.7 Lion

It’s been over a year since Apple started shipping Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to consumers and it’s been almost a year since many sites started reporting a significant leap in fingerprints being left behind by individuals using unreleased version of 10.7. Snow Leopard was merely an interim release for Apple, the OS was aimed at improving upon the enhancements available in Mac OS X 10.5 so logically 10.7 will offer a number of significant enhancements.

Details of what will be available in Mac OS X 10.7 are almost non-existent. Educated guesses would say that Apple will move in the direction of more multi-touch interfaces and streamlining the Finder. One rumour this week from the unproven MacStories states that Apple will implement iOS type scrolling, complete with rubber band behaviour. Also included will be Spotlight previews and a new white QuickLook user interface, but these are rumours to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Apple seems certain to show off Mac OS X 10.7 Lion today, but what the headline features will be is anybody’s guess right now.

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since June 2009, that’s a long time for a computer, even by Apple’s standards. The last rumour that pointed towards a refresh of the MacBook Air was in May of this year but recently rumours have picked up again.

Earlier this week Cult of Mac chimed in with a significant rumour that included detailed specs; the rumours suggest that the MacBook Air will be redesigned although will still retain its 13.3-inch display. The new design will allow for a bigger battery and more ports.

In addition to a redesigned 13.3-inch MacBook Air Cult of Mac’s “well placed source” says that Apple could also introduce a new 11.6-inch “netbook version”.

Cult of Mac also notes the following rumoured specifications:

  • Bigger battery with a charge of 8-10 hours
  • Two USB ports (one each side), SD card slot, Mini DisplayPort, straight MagSafe
  • Base model will have 2GB RAM but will be upgradeable, “as is the SSD drive”
  • Two models: 2.1GHz with 2GB RAM and 2.4GHz with 4GB RAM

Such details are backed up by AppleInsider and have even been applied to a photo of a purported 13.3-inch MacBook Air, although the image is believed to be from April this year.

The image shows that the new MacBook Air will feature four battery components and that the SSD will take the form of a card (seen above and to the left of the batteries).

Based on these rumours it seems very likely that Apple will introduce an updated 13.3-inch MacBook Air and a brand new 11.6-inch MacBook Air.

iLife ’11

Much like details of Mac OS X 10.7 any rumours regarding features of the newest version of iLife are virtually non-existent. What is standing out currently is the increasing shipping estimates being applied to copies of iLife across multiple sources, usually a sign that Apple is emptying the inventory channel.

Earlier this week the UK online Apple Store changed its shipping estimates for iLife ’09 to 1-2 weeks and a book listing has turned up on Amazon.de in recent weeks.

With shipping times slipping and hints of the existence of iLife ’11 via Amazon placeholders it seems likely that Apple will release an update version of iLife at its special event.

Event Coverage

Join World of Apple for event news and analysis.

Apple’s special event will kick off at the following times:

10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (Thursday 21)
04:00AM – Sydney (Thursday 21)