Apple’s iWork 12.0 adds new features to Pages, Numbers and Keynote

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Samuel Axon

On Thursday, Apple released its first feature updates to the iWork suite in several months: Pages, Keynote and Numbers 12.0.

There are new versions of all three apps for both iOS and macOS. Judging by the version number, you’d expect these to be major releases, but they only add a few features.

On macOS, the major change is support for Shortcuts, Apple’s automation tool. For example, Pages now offers Open Document and Create Document actions. Numbers offers the same thing, but adds an “Add row to top or bottom of table” action. As with Keynote, you can also open and create using the Presentations app, but you can also choose to open a presentation in either Trial mode or Show mode.

Other changes on macOS include new VoiceOver features in Numbers and Pages, the ability to publish larger files up to 2GB to Apple Books from Pages, and an option to “Copy a snapshot of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values.” . in numbers.

On iOS, Pages gets that larger file publishing feature and the new VoiceOver features, plus the ability to insert page numbers anywhere and long-press to launch into a new document on the iPhone’s home screen.

Numbers now lets you zoom slides up to a 400 percent zoom level, and Keynote gets the aforementioned VoiceOver and Snapshot improvements for its macOS counterpart.

Finally, all three apps on iOS allow you to enter a font size with up to two decimal places for more precision.

The updated apps are all available in Apple’s App Store.

Pages 12.0 for macOS Release Notes

  • Publish directly to Apple Books with larger files up to 2GB
  • Use shortcuts on macOS Monterey to create and open documents
  • Read comments and track changes with VoiceOver

Keynote 12.0 for macOS release notes

  • Use shortcuts on macOS Monterey to create or open presentations, test a slideshow, or start a presentation

Numbers 12.0 for macOS release notes

  • Copy a snapshot of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values
  • Use shortcuts on macOS Monterey to create or open spreadsheets and add rows to a table
  • Create formulas and fill in cells quickly with VoiceOver autofill

Pages 12.0 for iOS release notes

  • Publish directly to Apple Books with larger files up to 2GB
  • Insert page numbers anywhere in your document
  • Edit the font size more precisely with up to two decimal places
  • Quickly start writing a new document on iPhone – just touch and hold the Pages app icon on the home screen
  • Read comments and track changes with VoiceOver

Keynote 12.0 for iOS release notes

  • Zoom in on slides to a maximum zoom level of 400 percent
  • Edit the font size more precisely with up to two decimal places

Numbers 12.0 for iOS release notes

  • Copy a snapshot of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values
  • Edit the font size more precisely with up to two decimal places
  • Create formulas and fill in cells quickly with VoiceOver autofill

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