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Pages 7.1, Numbers 5.1, and Keynote 8.1

Following the updates made to Apple’s iWork suite earlier this year (see “iWork Apps Add Apple Pencil Support, Pages Gains Ebook Creation Features,” 27 March 2018), Apple has issued maintenance releases for its trio of content creation apps: Pages 7.1, Numbers 5.1, and Keynote 8.1. All three receive new options for formatting the look of charts (with rounded corners on columns and bars), added support for incorporating mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation, and a collection of new editable shapes.

Pages improves tracking of text changes in shapes and text boxes, enhances support for Arabic and Hebrew, and enables you to add colors and images to backgrounds in page layout documents. Numbers improves compatibility with Microsoft Excel and does a better job importing files in CSV and text formats. Keynote improves compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint files and also beefs up its support for Arabic and Hebrew. (Free; Pages, 265 MB, release notes; Numbers, 191 MB, release notes; Keynote, 489 MB, release notes; macOS 10.12+)

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