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How to work with iWork’s new file formats

iWork users have the memory fresh in their mind about how hard it was to transfer a document from a Mac to iPad and vice-versa. But all that is history now as the latest version allows its users to sync the documents effortlessly within iOS devices and Mac. You don’t need to take the assistance of iTunes either, so you see Apple has made the new iWork self sufficient enough to complete its own work without any external support.

How-to-work-with-iWork's-new-file-formatsThe magic of iWork’s new file formats

A Few years back Apple made it easy to sync documents between iOS devices, but the users faced the same lengthy process when it came to syncing of iWork documents between Mac and iOS devices. The latest 2013 version of iWork will allow its users to not only sync among all devices, but they can now make changes in one of the documents and the change will be reflected in all the other places too. You won’t be having any file conversion warnings or the fear of features getting omitted because all these factors have been sorted out in this new version of iWork.

Converting from one format to the other

There is no problem with turning the iWork ’09 document to iWork ’13 document. Once you open the iWork 09 document in iWork 13 apps, then it will automatically get converted to the all new format, but if you try it another way around then it is not possible. You have to manually convert a iWork 13 document into iWork 09 document and here is how you can make it happen:

  •  Firstly, open the document pages in the Pages ’13 format
  • Once you have launched it went to the File
  • Then select Export an there you will find the option ’09 document

That’s it, you are done with the conversion and you will find similar options for the Keynote and Numbers too. You can also reverse the conversion that you made earlier through OS X.

The Error message for reverse conversion

If you are trying to launch Pages ’13 document with the Pages ’09 then it will come up with an error message which will inform you that ‘You need a new version of Pages to open this document’. So there is no way it will let you open it in the older version but when you are updating to the new version the older version will be saved in your application folders.

Some missing features in new file format

In the latest version Pages has been missing out of these features:

–          Keyboard’s shortcuts

–          Inspector panel

–          Auto correction of custom text

–          Alignment tools

But as Apple started facing criticism, it started bringing back some of the features back in the newer version. Though there are some sunny sides of the new version, but users are more confused about the missing features because they are not sure what prompted Apple to bring in these changes in the features. The new Apple format encompasses binary files which are small in size, maybe because they have a speedy loading ability. But nobody is sure about the actual thought that forced in this change.

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