Apple on Tuesday updated its iWork suite of productivity apps – Keynote, Pages and Numbers – with new features that allow users to run presentations in new ways and help them work better with documents on the go.
New tools in Keynote make presentations more appealing. You now have the option of showing the exhibitor with a live camera directly on the slides. Multi-exhibitor control makes the application more collaborative.
Pages make it easier than ever to view and edit documents on the go by automatically displaying text and images in a single column optimized for the iPhone.
And Numbers is a pivot table that brings powerful data analysis capabilities to iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
“Whether in the office, at school or working remotely, users around the world love Keynote, Pages and Numbers because of their powerful features, ease of use and flawless experience on the iPhone, iPad and Mac,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of World Product Marketing.
“Today, we’re adding even more power and capabilities to these apps with new productivity and collaboration features that allow anyone to create more personal and engaging presentations, make working with documents on iPhone easy, and bring full-featured pivot tables to mobile devices for the first time.”
New ways of presenting in Keynote
Apple said its powerful new tools make Keynote presentations more personal, engaging, and collaborative.
With the ability to use the front camera on iPhone, iPad and Mac, users can now add live video directly to presentations. This allows the exhibitor to appear next to the content on the slide. It works for lectures, instructional videos and remote presentations via video conferencing applications.
Video: Make Keynote presentations more interesting by including live videos directly on slides.
The user can resize video objects and style them with masks, frames, shadows and reflections. I can connect multiple external cameras to enhance the live video experience. They can even display the screen of a connected iPhone or iPad directly on a slide for interactive live demonstrations.
The new multi-presenter option allows different people to control a shared presentation from their iPhone, iPad or Mac. Whether they are in the same room or exhibiting remotely, multiple users can alternately progress in slides in a group presentation.
New site experience optimized for iPhone
Apple said that people read Pages documents on the iPhone more than any other device.
With the update, the screen display automatically displays text, images and more in a single column, a continuous stream optimized for the iPhone screen. The text is enlarged for better readability, photos and drawings match the screen, and tables can be moved horizontally.
The screen display is available for all word processing documents. No additional settings required. When enabled, users still have access to the complete set of editing tools on the pages. The screen display can be turned off at any time so that users can see the page layout of their document before printing or publishing.
Powerful, to use rotary number table
Thanks to its intuitive interface and the ability to display data with graphs and charts, Numbers allows users to extract a lot from their data. Now, with the help of pivot tables, users can quickly summarize, group, and rearrange data to identify and analyze patterns and trends.
Creating a PivotTable in Numbers is quick and intuitive. Users can easily select the data to include, choose how to group and compress, and access other sidebar display options. The resulting pivot table appears in a clear layout.
Users can visualize their PivotTables with insightful charts, share PivotTables with others, and keep source data private, and even import or export PivotTables to and from Microsoft Excel.
Transfer everything to your cell phone
Numbers is the first app to bring full-featured pivot tables to mobile devices, with the same set of features on iPhones, iPads and Macs. This gives users access to a powerful data analysis tool wherever they work.
In addition, radar charts are a new type of map that makes it easy to visually compare multiple variables with similarities shown as overlapping areas. This allows differences and distinctions to be highlighted.
New filtering options allow users to find duplicate entries and unique values in their data. Or they can easily show or hide rows that match a particular value.
Supports new OS translation functions
Keynote, Pages and Numbers support new translation features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey. Users can select text and see the translation, hear it read aloud, and immediately replace the selection with translated text.
Keynote, Pages and Numbers are included for free on every new iPhone, iPad and Mac. New updates are available for download on the App Store.
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