January 27, 2010
Steve Jobs is hoping that people see the iPad as more than just a giant iPod, and one of the ways of making us believe this by introducing a customized version of iWork for the device. iWork for the iPad includes Keynote (presentations), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Pages (word processing). All three apps have been customized for the iPad's multitouch input. Keynote runs only in landscape mode. You can drag, resize, and move elements around on a slide, including photos and text. Animations and transitions can be added from a list of pre-generated ones. Pages allows you to scroll through text, select text via touch, and navigate through different pages. It also includes pre-designed templates and formatting tools. Numbers has over 250 formulas, an adapting keyboard/calculator, and flexible tables. iWork for iPad apps can import iWork ’09 and Microsoft Office documents, and they can also send documents in iWork ’09 and PDF formats. Apparently documents will be synced between your Mac and the iPad using iTunes, but no other means of transferring were mentioned at the event. Each iWork iPad app will cost $10.