iPad's Keynote, Numbers and Pages Apps Updated

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Included version 1.2 updates for each $10 app: Keynote-to-PowerPoint format export, extra presentation animations and Keynote to MobileMe iDisk support; Numbers spreadsheets convertable to Excel format; and Pages allows for displayed word count and .txt opening support. Plus more!

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See the full list of updates here:

Keynote:

- Export presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT) format.
- Copy presentations between Keynote and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
- Support for audio in builds when importing Keynote '09 presentations.
- Ability to group and ungroup objects.
- Add animated builds to grouped objects.
- Lens Flare, Spin and Wipe build animations.
- Revolving Door, Swoosh and Wipe slide transition animations.
- Improved slide size conversion when importing Keynote '09 presentations.
- Import and export Keynote '09 tables with image background fills in cells.
- Improved export of tables with customized borders.
- Improved font matching when importing Keynote '09 or Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
- Improved creation and editing of web hyperlinks.
- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.
- Improved usability and reliability when sharing presentations with iWork.com public beta.
- Improved reliability when importing presentations with large images.
- Improved reliability when importing and exporting presentations with overlapping objects.
- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

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Numbers:

- Export spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS) format.
- Copy spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
- Ability to group and ungroup objects.
- Open CSV files from Mail and other apps.
- Import and export Numbers '09 tables with image background fills in cells.
- Improved export of tables with customized borders.
- Improved font matching when importing Numbers '09 or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
- Improved creation and editing of hyperlinks in text boxes.
- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.
- Improved usability and reliability when sharing spreadsheets with iWork.com public beta.
- Improved reliability when importing spreadsheets with large images.
- Improved reliability when importing and exporting spreadsheets with overlapping objects.
- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

Pages:

- Copy documents between Pages and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.
- Option to display the word count for your document.
- Support for opening .txt files from Mail.
- Ability to group and ungroup objects.
- Import and export existing footnotes, endnotes, sections and tables of contents.
- Import and export Pages '09 tables with image background fills in cells.
- Improved export of tables with customized borders.
- Improved font matching when importing a Pages or Microsoft Word document.
- Improved creation and editing of hyperlinks.
- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.
- Improved usability and reliability when sharing documents via iWork.com public beta.
- Improved reliability when importing documents with large images.
- Improved reliability when importing and exporting documents with overlapping objects.
- Improved handling of fonts when exporting documents to Microsoft Word.
- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft Word documents.

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[iTunes for Keynote, iTunes for Numbers, iTunes for Pages]

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DISCUSSION

If you work with Office and your documents are simple, these will probably work great, but if you are doing complex things...well... I've never used an Office substitute on any platform that didn't introduce formatting problems in the translation of the documents. It's a bummer, but in my business I simply can't afford to be doing that. People expect me to use the right software for the job. We're trying to meet deadlines. Plus, I really really need track changes and commenting functionality.

I'm hoping to hear that these updates do far better than i expect, but I sure doubt it. And, unfortunately, the iPad simply doesn't have enough RAM to open the image-laden PowerPoint presentations that I work with.