Apple crediting eligible iOS users who paid for iWork, iLife after September 1st

 

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During Apple’s September event, the Tim Cook announced that all new iOS devices purchased after September 1st would be given the option to get iWork and most iLife apps for free. Some users who had purchased iOS devices after the first of the month, however, had already paid for those apps prior to the announcement, or paid for them after the announcement due to confusion about how to claim the free versions.

Today Apple began sending out emails to eligible users who paid for the apps informing them that their iTunes accounts would be credited for the software they should have gotten for free. The amount listed in the tips we’ve received varies from customer to customer, so it appears the credits are only for the apps that were paid for, not the total price of all five apps.

The refund can be claimed via an iTunes Store redeem code included in the email. You can read the full message from Apple below.

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Apple announces iWork for iCloud, new apps for Mac and iOS coming later this year

Confirming our earlier suspicions, Apple today showed off some new features for its iWork suite of apps, which includes both Mac and iOS versions of the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps. While Apple confirmed that new versions of the apps for Mac and iOS would be coming later in the year, it spent its presentation today showing off brand new web versions of the apps designed to run right in the browser through iCloud.com. The new web apps, available initially only to developers starting today, will be dubbed ‘iWork for iCloud’ and bring web apps to iCloud that will compete directly with Google Docs and Google’s other suite of web apps.

Apple execs spent much of the time on stage showing off the new Pages for iCloud app, demoing how users can drag and drop Microsoft Word files and other documents directly into the iCloud.com UI in their browser to begin editing a document. Apple also briefly demoed presentations and spreadsheets running in web versions of the Numbers and Keynote apps.

During the demo of the new iWork for iCloud apps, Apple also made a point of noting that the new apps run in any browser by showing off the apps running on Windows 8.

The new apps are available as developer beta starting today. A public beta of the new iWork for iCloud apps will be arriving later this year. Apple didn’t mention any details regarding pricing, or whether or not the web apps will be a separate purchase from the apps currently available on Mac and iOS.

Tips: Use little-known gestures to arrange photos and shapes in iOS Pages

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Although the touch-centric UI makes getting to grips with Pages for iOS straightforward, the interface does not appear well-suited to precise positioning of objects, which is necessary in more complicated documents. Luckily, Apple’s iWork suite extends the default iOS set of gestures to provide options for finer-grained control. Learning these more-obscure techniques makes doing ‘real work’ with Pages for iOS an enjoyable experience, rather than an annoyance.

Nudging objects

The natural way to position an object with an iPhone or iPad is to drag it, but this method is not really suitable when doing pixel-accurate alignments. With Pages for Mac, you can achieve one-pixel ‘nudges’ with the arrow keys. To do a nudge on a keyboard-less iOS device, you have to use a special two-finger gesture. Start by placing one finger on the photo you want to nudge to select it. Then, swipe in any direction outside of the photo’s bounds with another finger, to move the object in the respective direction. Add on another ‘swiping finger’ to shift by 10 pixels, rather than single pixels, at a time.

Locked movement

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Apple removes trials of iWork and Aperture from its website, sends users to App Store

As pointed out by MacStories, Apple recently removed trials for the iWork suite and Aperture 3 from Apple.com. The webpage formerly home to the iWork trial now includes a message informing users that iWork apps, such as Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, are available through the Mac App Store. Apple removed the trial for a short while last year before returning it; however, the company also informed users last month that the iWork.com Beta service would shut down July 31. Apple does not currently offer trial versions of the $20 Mac Store apps.

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Apple Updates Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iPad 4.2

As noted earlier, Apple has updated its iWork Apps for iPad today and they are now live in the store:

PagesWhat’s New in Version 1.3

- Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
- Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
- Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
- Automatic pagination of tables that cross a page break.
- Improved reliability when importing Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents.
- Improved usability including font size selection, and bold, italic, and underline indicators in ruler.
- Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
- Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

Keynote What’s New in Version 1.3

- Enhanced presenter display shows the current slide, the next slide, or your notes when connected to an external display.
- Ability to import existing and add new presenter notes to slides.
- Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including slide range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
- Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
- Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
- Improved reliability when importing Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
- Improved usability.
- Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
- Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

Numbers -What’s New in Version 1.3

- Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
- Print preview to adjust how a sheet prints across multiple pages, including Auto Fit.
- PDF export takes advantage of pagination settings from print preview.
- Formula entry using a keyboard, including predictive function selector.
- Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
- Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
- Improved reliability when importing Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
- Improved usability.
- Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
- Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

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Make your own eBooks with iWork 9.04

Apple updated its iWork suite with some bug fixes and a nifty addition today.  By far the most interesting is the ability to export into ePub format.   That means you can easily put your documents into your iBooks application on iOS devices (not that you couldn’t use PDF for the same purposes before).

We are always wary of updates before an event so we’ll see soon if there are any hidden compatibility issues addressed for new devices revealed next week.  Other updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote include:

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