iWork Gets Refreshed Design And New Features On Web Alongside App Updates

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Today Apple released a slew of updates to its iWork productivity suite. On the web, iWork for iCloud has received an iOS 7-like makeover in every aspect except the editing interface. Browsing for documents on iCloud.com now looks more like it does on iOS.

An emphasis has been placed on document sharing with a new “Shared with Me” menu in each app’s toolbar. You can also share password-protected documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.

Apple didn’t just update iWork’s web apps today. Several updates have been released on iOS and OS X as well.

Knock Out Those Backgrounds – Instant Alpha Hidden In Pages For iPad [iOS Tips]

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We’re big fans of Apple’s Pages app on iOS here, as it allows us to create and edit good-looking documents easily and on the go. Pages’ stunning array of templates, combined with the ease of use associated with an app built by Apple itself for its flagship touchscreen device, make it a must-have app on anyone’s iPad.

Color us excited, then, when we heard about a hidden feature in Pages that lets us delete backgrounds from photos right from within the app itself. Instant Alpha is a super helpful feature when we need to get rid of a large solid color background without dropping the image into an editing program first.

Apps Are Twice As Likely To Crash On The New iPhone 5s [Report]

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Your swanky new iPhone 5s may be significantly faster than its predecessors, but it’s twice as likely to crash when running third-party apps as the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c. New research from Crittercism, a company that monitors mobile app performance, has found that apps crash around 2% on the iPhone 5s, but under 1% on its siblings.

Updated – Convert System OS 9 AppleWorks 6 Files To OS X Pages Files [OS X Tips]

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Cult of Mac reader Nancy S. asks, “How can I convert my Appleworks files to Page files. I have many old files that APple didn’t think were important but I could still use them.”

If you’ve been using Macs for a while, chances are that you have a few older documents that you may have created in Appleworks 5 or 6 that you’d like to open on your newer Mac, possibly running OS X Mountain Lion or above.

Here are a few things you can do to try and make this happen.