Microsoft’s Office for iPad suite received a massive update today, and gained a bunch of capabilities that users have been requesting.
The refresh includes a number of suite-wide capabilities, including the ability to export a file to PDF for easier sharing outside of the Office ecosystem. The update also adds support for third-party fonts users can bring onto the iPad with a variety of utilities, including AnyFont, which means that users can create documents with custom fonts, and not just the ones Microsoft provides.
Excel users have been hankering for PivotTable support ever since Microsoft launched the suite of productivity apps earlier this year, and today’s update brings that capability to the iPad. Users can manipulate the data in existing tables that are already included in a file they open on Excel for iPad, or add new PivotTables and sort their data while on the go.
It’s also easier to select large sections of data with a new “flick” gesture. Users can select a cell, and then flick in a given direction, and Excel will automatically select a column or row based on that direction. Users who are familiar with Excel’s keyboard shortcuts can now use them on the iPad with an external keyboard as well.
People who want to take their presentations on the road with PowerPoint now have some additional tools when they’re presenting from the iPad. Today’s update brings support for Presenter Mode, which allows people to view notes and a preview for future slides on their iPad while their slide deck shows on an attached display or projector. In addition, users can play back embedded video and audio files in their presentations, as well as directly add video to a slide deck from their iPad’s Camera Roll.
Office for iPad can be downloaded for free from the App Store, but users need an Office 365 subscription to modify documents on their iPad.