Heading back to iWork: Apple plots return of missing productivity app features

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In an unusual move, Apple has pre-announced the return of some iWork for Mac attributes that went missing in the suite’s most recent iteration.

Apple kept its note cut-and-dry, but this is most likely in response to power users who have complained the company stripped or ‘dumbed down’ the offering to bring it more in line with iOS 7. Microsoft even included its own criticism last month, calling Apple’s iWork apps ‘watered down’ compared to Office.

Apple addresses none of the criticism, rather clarifying that it reworded Pages, Figures and Keynote for iWork from the bottom up ‘to be completely 64-bit and to support an unified file format between OS X and iOS 7 variations, in addition to iWork for iCloud beta.’

In the procedure, some iWork ’09 features did not make the cut for initial launch, however Apple plans to reestablish some features over the next six months. Intriguing Cupertino only points out ‘some’ features staging a comeback, though it does provide ‘brand new attributes’ will likewise make it with in subsequent launches.

Features making a comeback

Apple detailed 18 features it’ll revive in the coming half-year, a smattering for Pages, Numbers and Keynote each.

Pages will see the return of its customizable toolbar, vertical ruler, a quartet of enhanced tools, keyword shortcuts for styles and the ability to handle pages and areas in thumbnail view.

Numbers will also see the return of the Do It Yourself toolbar, page headers and footers, and enhancements to AppleScript support, to name a few functions.

Keynote’s toolbar too will show its face once more, along with a restoration olden transitions and constructs, improvements to speaker display and AppleScript support boosts.

While it’s a good start, even with these features returning iWork’s apps won’t be totally back up to par with older versions. Apple has a remedy for that, albeit a crummy one – simply use earlier iWork apps.

The company concluded with a pointer on reverting paper files to previous variations of iWork apps. Unedited documents can be gone back to the iWork ’09 by going to Submit) Revert To.

Edited docs (with edits you wish to conserve) can be saved as an iWork ’09 document by picking File) Export To and choosing Pages ’09, Numbers ’09 or Keynote ’09.