Mas­ter Pages for iOS’s new fea­tures

Take ad­van­tage of new for­mat­ting tools, book­marks and more in Pages for iOS.

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“When you open a doc­u­ment that con­tains fonts that are un­avail­able on iOS, look out for a brief warn­ing at the top right of the screen; tap it to see which are miss­ing, then ‘Re­solve Font Warn­ings’ only if you’re OK with sub­sti­tut­ing Hel­vetica.”

In 2014, Ap­ple re­vamped its iWork of­fice suite by ‘dumb­ing down’ the Mac ver­sion to bring it in line with the less pow­er­ful iOS it­er­a­tion. Hap­pily, since then, it has re­stored miss­ing fea­tures and added new ones, with iPad users gain­ing many ex­cel­lent tools for the first time.

Pages 3.1 for iOS is in this vein. It has new text for­mat­ting tools, in­clud­ing su­per­script and sub­script for­mat­ting op­tions, sup­port for lig­a­tures (see ‘Make use of lig­a­tures’ op­po­site) and back­ground colour con­trol.

When writ­ing long doc­u­ments, it helps to be able to rapidly nav­i­gate them. Our sec­ond step-by-step guide will show you how to use Pages’ new Book­marks fea­ture to move quickly be­tween the dif­fer­ent parts of a doc­u­ment, which you spec­ify.

WORDS AND NUM­BERS

Math­e­ma­ti­cians will be pleased to dis­cover that Pages now sup­ports equa­tions through La­TeX com­mands or MathML el­e­ments — our fi­nal step-by-step guide here re­veals how the for­mat­ting and markup tools work. Other changes are mi­nor. When you pro­tect a doc­u­ment by tap­ping the three dots (...) icon and choos­ing ‘Set Pass­word’. For ex­am­ple, you can now choose to pro­tect it us­ing Touch ID.

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You can cus­tomise dates, times and cur­ren­cies for dif­fer­ent lan­guages and re­gions. First, go to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­board to en­able a sec­ond key­board, then once done tap ‘...’ in Pages and choose ‘Lan­guage & Re­gion’ to make the switch.

Pages 3.1 also sup­ports both im­port­ing and ex­port­ing doc­u­ments in the pop­u­lar Rich Text For­mat (RTF), and claims to make it eas­ier to swap out miss­ing fonts. When you open a doc­u­ment that con­tains fonts that are un­avail­able on iOS, look out for a brief warn­ing at the top right of the screen; tap it to see which are miss­ing, then ‘Re­solve Font Warn­ings’ only if you’re OK with sub­sti­tut­ing Hel­vetica.

When creat­ing pie charts, you’re now given the op­por­tu­nity to add new leader lines for clear la­belling. Tap ‘ Value La­bels’ in­side the For­mat in­spec­tor’s Chart pane, then choose to po­si­tion them ‘Out­side’ to re­veal three op­tions: none, straight and an­gled.

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