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iWork Suite for iPad Gets Major Updates

Do you consider your iPad a serious tool for getting things done? I have to admit, I always thought the productivity applications had limited usefulness, and that a Macbook was still pretty necessary to take on a real workload of writing, presenting, etc. But it’s apparent that things are getting better by the day, and Apple’s updates to the iWork suite are a good example of how that’s happening. Among other upgraded features, Keynote, Numbers, and Pages now have vastly improved potential when it comes to exporting projects and integrating your work with MobileMe. As a result, moving projects forward when your iPad is all you’ve got is becoming more realistic and doable.

In addition to building on the MobileMe iDisk and WebDAV exporting features, users can group and ungroup projects and see word counts. Importantly Numbers and Keynote now have support for exporting as Excel and PowerPoint files. Other minor improvements have also been made to the standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presenting functions we’re all familiar with . . . The iWork suite was originally seen as quite limited, but these updates should go a long ways in changing that conception.

Of course, the next change we’d love to see is a price drop. Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are all available individually for the price of $9.99. And since doing real work on a mobile device is still a new idea, that cost is on the brink of being too high. But maybe you’ve been waiting for some of the major features that just got added to the package. If that’s the case, then head to the App Store and take a second look at Apple’s mobile productivity offerings.

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