PAGES and envelopes

29 12 2012

In the latest version of Apple’s iWork suite (Dec 7, 2012, Ver 1.7.1) objects can be locked.

Locking means that objects (tables, shapes, images, …) and their positions cannot be changed until they are unlocked again.

It’s a powerful feature for avoiding unwanted displacements of objects particularly for small displays and ‘bulky’ fingers.

Here is a brief description how to create a marker line in Apple’s PAGES for folding the letter paper at the right position so that it fits into a panel window envelope.

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Update 1.7 of iWork for iOS

7 12 2012

On 2012-12-04 Apple’s iWork-Suite was updated to version 1.7.

This update is a major improvement of iWork for iOS without destroying the simplicity of usage. The updated features are perfectly designed and retain the simplicity of the product. From my point of view that’s an intellectual stimulus for all people developing software.

We will see how the competitor Microsoft will response.

For now, advantage Apple!

The feature changes …


Pages for iOS …

  • Use Change Tracking to track changes to body text in a document
  • Accept and reject individual changes as you review a document
  • Import Pages and Microsoft Word documents with change tracking and continue to track changes to body text
  • Preserve tracked changes in documents exported in Microsoft Word or Pages format
  • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Pages for Mac

Numbers for iOS …

  • Hide and unhide rows and columns
  • Import and export Numbers for Mac spreadsheets with filters, and turn filters on and off
  • Preserve rich text in tables when importing and exporting

Keynote for iOS …

  • Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes
  • Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles
  • Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity
  • Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle
  • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac
  • New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds

Common improvements …

  • Lock and unlock objects
    For locked objects changing properties (size, position, content) cannot be changed until they are unlocked.
  • Add reflections to shapes
  • Improved compatibility with the pendants Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Some details …

Locking of objects …

On my point of view this is a great new feature, because faulty operations on touch screens cannot be avoided particulary on the small screen of an iPhone.


Objects which can be locked in …

Pages Numbers Keynote
Shape ‘Curve’ only All Objects All Objects

Improved page print layout in Keynote


Lacks in Numbers …

Locking …


SIRI and the keys …


Page layouts in iWork

3 12 2012

Before you print a Microsoft Office document you can quickly fine-tune it in the Page Layout view to achieve professional-looking results. As in Normal view, you can change the layout and format of data, but in addition, you can use the rulers to measure the width and height of the data, change the page orientation, add or change page headers and footers, set margins for printing, hide or display gridlines, row and column headings, and specify scaling options. When you finish working in Page Layout view, you can return to Normal view.

Page Layout view is indispensable for many layout tasks that prepare your data for printing.
You can see how your data will look when it is printed.

iWork for iOS-Devices …

iWork for iOS-Devices is designed as a powerful tool with basic functionalities for editing text (App Pages) , spreadsheets (App Numbers) and presentations (App Keynote). Working up complex data for professional-looking printer output is not in the foreground.

However let’s have a look on the features oft he iWork-Apps.

KEYNOTE for presentations …

Keynote-Documents always consist of slides.
Each slide simultaneously is printed as one page in landscape orientation.
There are no further options except printing From-To-Page, defining the number of copies and (depending on the printer capabilities) printing on both sides of the paper.

PAGES for text editing …

Without further settings, you will not see any page brakes while editing text.
Here is a brief description what you have to do …

  • Tap the Wrench-Symbol in the toolbar, and then tap Document Setup
  • Tap the area below the document body to insert a page footer.
    There are three sections available. Tap in one section, and then tap Page Numbers.
    Tap the page numbering example that matches the format you want.
  • Tap Done in the left corner of the screen.


There are some other options (header, watermark) which are not discussed here.
When you return to the normal view you will see the page numbering as an orientation what you write on which page.

Note …
These settings must be set for every new document.
So the best practice is to design a template containing all your settings.

NUMBERS for editing spreadsheets …

Spreadsheets may contain a large amount of data organized in columns and rows.
So options for adjusting the layout are obvious.


Summary …

iWork for iOS is not designed for labor-intensive usage in an office.
There are only a few options to control the output but they meet the requirements.
Apple found out the right level of simplicity.

Here is a comparison between Apple’s iWork and Microsoft’s Office 365 for iOS

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