iWork update should make it easier to create data-rich documents on an iPad

There’s a new update making the rounds for Apple’s iWork suite – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – that’s bound to make it easier to create data-rich documents using an iPad, be it a regular iPad, an iPad Mini or an iPad Pro.

The release introduces support for voice-recording in Keynote, Numbers and Pages, letting you record, edit and listen to sound bites – something students should find useful for taping lectures to review and take notes at a later date.

It also bundles the option to export Keynote presentations as movies for editing in iMovie, as well as a number of much-requested tweaks, including an enhancement that results in Smart Annotations wrapping to follow your text as you edit.

Related: iOS 12

Here’s a breakdown of all the changes:

Keynote

  • Edit existing or create new master slides.
  • Easily record, edit, and play audio directly on a slide.
  • A new option in Settings > Keynote lets you use Apple Pencil to select and scroll.
  • Export a presentation as a movie or images.
  • Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
  • Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Add gradient and image fills to shapes and text boxes.
  • Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Numbers

  • Easily record, edit, and play audio directly in a spreadsheet.
  • A new option in Settings > Numbers lets you use Apple Pencil to select and scroll
  • Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
  • Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Add gradient and image fills to shapes and text boxes.
  • Easily browse templates by category.

Pages

  • Easily record, edit, and play audio directly on a page.
  • Smart annotation marks now stretch and wrap to follow your text as you edit.
  • Quickly switch between drawing and smart annotation modes on iPad.
  • A new option in Settings > Pages lets you use Apple Pencil to select and scroll
  • Track text changes in shapes and text boxes.
  • Add colours and images to backgrounds in page layout documents.
  • Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
  • Add mathematical equations to page layout documents using LaTeX or MathML notation.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Add gradient and image fills to shapes and text boxes.
  • Easily browse templates by category.
  • Save a different auto scroll speed per document when using presenter mode.
  • Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.

A similar update is also rolling out for macOS – here’s what’s new:

Here’s what’s new:

Keynote

  • Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
  • Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Numbers

  • Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
  • Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel.
  • Improved CSV and text import.

Pages

  • Track text changes in shapes and text boxes.
  • Add colors and images to backgrounds in page layout documents.
  • Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
  • Add mathematical equations to page layout documents using LaTeX or MathML notation.
  • Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
  • Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.

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