September 28, 2021
New features in Keynote, Pages and Numbers improve remote presentations and on-the-go document use
Keynote adds new tools for collaborative presentation; Pages makes it easy to work with documents on iPhone; and Numbers brings pivot tables to iPhone, iPad and Mac
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today updated its suite of iWork productivity apps with new features that let users introduce powerful new ways and make it even easier to work with documents on the go. Keynote’s new tools make presentations more engaging, with the ability to show a live camera view of the presenter right in slides, and more collaborative with multi-presenter control. Pages makes it easier than ever to view and edit documents on the go by automatically displaying text and images in a single column feed optimized for iPhone. And Numbers introduces pivot tables that bring powerful data analysis capabilities to iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
“Whether in the office, at school, or remotely, users around the world love Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for their powerful features, ease of use, and seamless experience on iPhone, iPad, and Mac,” said said Bob Borchers. , Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing. “Today, we’re adding even more power and capability to these apps with new productivity and collaboration features that let everyone create more personal and compelling presentations, make it easier to work with documents on iPhone, and… ‘bringing full-featured PivotTables to mobile for the first time.’
New ways to present in Keynote
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 their presentations. This allows the presenter to appear alongside their slide content, which is ideal for lectures, explainer videos, and remote presentations via video conferencing applications. Live video objects can be easily resized or styled with masks, frames, drop shadows, and reflections for a sleeker look. Mac users can connect multiple external cameras to further enhance the live video experience, and they can even display the screen of a connected iPhone or iPad directly on a slide for interactive live demonstrations.
With a new multi-presenter option, anyone can now easily control a shared slideshow directly from their iPhone, iPad or Mac. Whether in the same room or presenting remotely, multiple users can take turns advancing slides. Once a user is done with their slides, they can return control to the host or let another co-presenter take over to continue the group presentation seamlessly.
A new Pages experience optimized for iPhone
People read Pages documents on iPhone more than on any other device, and Pages now offers a new experience that makes reading and editing documents on the go better than ever. With the latest update, Screen View automatically displays text, images, and more in a single-column continuous stream optimized for the iPhone screen. Text is enlarged to improve readability, photos and drawings are sized to fit the display, and tables can be scrolled horizontally. Screen View is available for all word processing documents and requires no additional configuration. When enabled, users still have access to the full set of editing tools in Pages. And screen view can be turned off at any time so users can see their document layout before printing or publishing.
Powerful and easy to use Pivot Tables with numbers
With its intuitive interface and ability to present data with beautiful charts and graphs, Numbers has always been the best way for users to get the most out of their data. And now, with PivotTables, users can quickly summarize, group, and reorganize data to identify and analyze patterns and trends. Creating a PivotTable in Numbers is quick and intuitive: users can easily select what data to include, choose how to group and summarize it, and access other display options from the sidebar. The resulting pivot table appears in a clear layout that makes it easy for the user to read and get information. Users can view their PivotTables with insightful charts, share pivot data with others while keeping source data private, and even import or export PivotTables to and from Microsoft Excel. Numbers is the first app to offer full-featured PivotTables on mobile, with the same set of features on iPhone, iPad and Mac, allowing users to access this powerful data analysis tool wherever they work.
Additionally, radar charts are a new type of chart that makes it easier to visually compare multiple variables with similarities displayed as overlapping areas, allowing differences and outliers to really stand out. And new filtering options let users find duplicate entries and unique values in their data, or easily show or hide rows that match a specific value.
Keynote, Pages, and Numbers also support new translation features introduced in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. Users can select text and quickly see a translation, hear it read aloud, and instantly replace the selection with the translated text.
Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are free on all new iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Today’s updates can be downloaded from the App Store and Mac App Store.
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