Recently Apple was criticized for removing some of the features of its iWork suite of productivity apps when updated.  Apple, on Friday last week, issued a software update that returns some of the lost features in Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In addition to the stability improvements and bug fixes that we expected, which come as standard with these kind of software updates, Apple is also making available to the OS X app, certain features including custom toolbars.

With this iWork update Apple released following its late October iPad media event, the company is trying to unify the productivity experience across platforms from iOS to OS X to iCloud.  This would explain its decision to remove some of the features available in older versions of the suite.

iWork Update Brings Back Lost Features

Below are the change logs, which detail the iWork updates for iOS and OS X:

Pages 2.0. 1 for iOS: Stability improvements and bug fixes

Numbers 2.0.1 for iOS: Stability improvements and bug fixes

Keynote 2.0.1 for iOS: New transitions including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, and Swoosh.  New builds including Blinds, Fly in, Fly out, Orbital, Pivot, Scale Big, and Swoosh.  Stability improvements and bug fixes

Pages 5.0.1 for OS X: Customize the toolbar with your most important tools.  Center and edge guides are on by default.  Stability improvements and bug fixes

Numbers 3.0.1 for OS X: Customize the toolbar with your most important tools.  Window size and placement preserved on Save.  Set default zoom in Preferences.  Stability improvements and bug fixes

Keynote 6.0.1 for OS X: Customize the toolbar with your most important tools.  New transitions including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, and Swoosh.  New builds including Blinds, Fly in, Fly out, Orbital, Pivot, Scale Big, and Swoosh.  Stability improvements and bug fixes.

Meanwhile, iWork users that have updated to the new versions and found them lacking also have access to the older software versions on OS X computers. Apple has promised that more features will be available to iWork users in future updates coming in the following months.

It is worthwhile remembering that Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available as free downloads both on OS X computers and on iOS devices with the purchase of new Apple hardware.

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SOURCE: http://bgr.com/2013/11/22/apple-iwork-features-restored/