A lot of users of Apple’s iWork suite were angered by the latest update. It dropped several features that those folks found useful.
It seems that Apple was well-aware of this, but had to build the new iWork, which includes Pages, Keynote and Numbers, from the ground up. This meant that some features were initially lost, but Apple plans to re-introduce them in the coming months.
Here’s a statement from Apple:
The new iWork applications—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—were released for Mac on October 22nd. These applications were rewritten from the ground up to be fully 64-bit and to support a unified file format between OS X and iOS 7 versions, as well as iWork for iCloud beta.
These apps feature an all-new design with an intelligent format panel and many new features such as easy ways to share documents, Apple-designed styles for objects, interactive charts, new templates, and new animations in Keynote.
In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.
Good. Let’s hope there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for at least a few users.