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Rumor Has It that Apple May Offer Unbundled iWork and iLife Applications

While iLife and iWork come stocked with powerful applications that are easy to use, sometimes it seems sort of pointless to install an application like GarageBand if you’ve absolutely no interest in editing audio, or iMovie if you don’t usually take video.

Fortunately, this rumor will please those who purchase Apple’s software suites and often find themselves omitting one of two applications from their hard drive. Several MacRumors readers have pointed out that Apple’s promotional materials for the upcoming Mac App Store hint that it’ll be possible to buy each of the applications in the iLife and iWork suite individually. If you look closely as the screenshot, it looks like iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie could be offered individually for .99, while Pages, Keynote and Numbers could fetch .99 each.

Apple followed this model when it released the iWork suite for iPad, so it’s certainly no surprise that it would follow the trend in the release of its App Store for the Mac.

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Mobile iWork Update Brings Exporting and MobileMe Integration to the iPad

Ladies and gents, the powerful iWork suite for iPad has been updated.

To start, Numbers has been updated to enable exporting of spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS), copying of spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or WebDAV service, and the ability to group and ungroup objects. Keynote has been updated with the same exporting and copying abilities, and support for audio when importing Keynote ’09 presentations. Lastly, everyone’s favorite mobile app, Pages, has been updated with the same ability to copy documents, as well as the option to display the word count and support for opening text (.txt) files from Mail.

The new updates are now available and should pop up within your App Store updates page.

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iWork '09 Gets Update and ePub File Export

Today, Apple updated its iWork ’09 suite of apps to address various bugs in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. They also added the ability to export to ePub format from Pages. These ePub files can then be synced to an iPhone or iPad for use with iBooks.

Below is the update log for Keynote 5.0.4, Pages 4.0.4, and Numbers 2.0.2:

Keynote 5.0.4

– Addresses an issue when printing handouts with rule lines.

– Fixes an issue with the slide switcher.

– Resolves an issue when automatically resizing some images while changing slide size.

– Fixes an issue with tables.

Pages 4.0.4

– Fixes an issue with tables.

– Includes compatibility with the standard ePub file format (for use with iBooks) when exporting.

Numbers 2.0.4

– Fixes an issue with tables.

You can download this update by opening Software Update (Apple Menu > Software Update), or by downloading the installer manually from the Apple Support Download Website.

Exporting from Pages to ePub format couldn’t be easier. After you have this update installed and go to Share > Export in Pages, you’ll get a new “ePub” option and will allow you to fill in the Title, Author, and Genre. You can then add your ePub file to iTunes and sync over the file to iBooks on your iOS device.

For more information on sharing your documents as ePub files, visit Apple’s how-to article on Creating ePub files with Pages.

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