Apple to bring back removed iWork features in future updates

Apple reassured iWork power users that removed features will be returning in future iWork updates

iWork power users can rest easy. Apple today announced via a newly published support document that removed features from the recent iteration of iWork will be brought back in future updates. If you recall, the revamped iWork dumbed down, in many respects, apps like Pages and Keynote. Folks who relied on such apps to get work done were naturally incensed. Indeed, Apple has a bad habit of revamping applications and removing features that power users love but which don't have any adverse effect on the average user. In a similar scenario, I remember being dismayed when Apple replaced iMovie HD with iMovie '08.

In any event, Apple's support document reads in part:

The new iWork applications—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—were released for Mac on October 22nd. These applications were rewritten from the ground up to be fully 64-bit and to support a unified file format between OS X and iOS 7 versions, as well as iWork for iCloud beta.

These apps feature an all-new design with an intelligent format panel and many new features such as easy ways to share documents, Apple-designed styles for objects, interactive charts, new templates, and new animations in Keynote.

In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

Some features in upcoming releases in the next 6 months

Pages

  • Customize toolbar
  • Vertical ruler
  • Improved alignment guides
  • Improved object placement
  • Import of cells with images
  • Improved word counts
  • Keyboard shortcuts for styles
  • Manage pages and sections from the thumbnail view

Numbers

  • Customize toolbar
  • Improvements to zoom and window placement
  • Multi-column and range sort
  • Auto-complete text in cells
  • Page headers and footers
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

Keynote

  • Customize toolbar
  • Restoring old transitions and builds
  • Improvements to presenter display
  • Improvements to AppleScript support

In the meanwhile, you can continue to use these features by accessing the previous versions of the iWork applications which remain installed on your Mac. The previous versions can be found in Applications > iWork ’09.

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