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Apple to restore 'lost features' for iWork power users

Following criticism from users, the company says it will add features like customized toolbars and shortcuts to updated versions of the free software over the next six months.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off Keynote, an iWork app.
Josh Lowensohn

Apple will add new features to its free version of iWork, following user complaints that many were missing in the software's latest release.

The company posted a notice on its site Wednesday that acknowledged the missing features, with a promise to incorporate them in upcoming releases over the next six months.

"In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork '09 were not available for the initial release," the post reads. "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."

Apple announced free upgrades for its iWork and iLife software last month. But the freebie downloads upset some power users. With Pages -- Apple's word processing app-- for example, users missed the customizable toolbar, endnotes, and many templates.

Apple said it would be adding many features back in for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.