It’s concerning to see that this new version of iWork has not only not moved forward on automation but instead backwards. I don’t use a lot of AppleScript in iWork and, frankly, I don’t know what the percentage of people is the do. However, for those people that do use AppleScript, it is huge. David Sparks
Free software from Apple! What could possibly go wrong?
Good: iWork supports bubble charts. Bad: it is now unable to plot dates on an axis. At all.— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 23, 2013
To take just one example, it appears to be no longer possible to assign shortcuts to paragraph and character styles in Pages 5. The ability to assign shortcuts to styles was woefully limited in previous versions of Pages, but at least there was one. Now, there is nothing. If you want to use styles, it’s clicks, clicks, and more clicks with the mouse. Each and every time. Pierre Igot
I have to say this (sorry): Apple, you are a fuckhead! I cannot edit any of the bezier shapes I have made in the old Keynote in Keynote 2013— Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) October 23, 2013
As for spreadsheets and presentation software, the only competition I’m aware of is Excel and PowerPoint from the MS Office suite. I’ve never used PowerPoint and haven’t used Excel in almost 20 years, but David Sparks says their AppleScript support was better than iWork’s even before the purge. Now Apple is essentially pushing its power users toward Microsoft. It’s a funny world. Dr. Drang