In a follow-up to their new product announcements in October, Apple has released updates to its online office suite of services, iWork for iCloud Beta. The updates include new real-time collaboration tools across all its devices, including the web platform.
iCloud now allows for anyone to collaborate on documents in a supported web browser on a Mac or Windows computer. Collaborators don’t need an iCloud account to view and edit linked documents. The original owner of a shared document can end the sharing at any time.
Last week’s update now includes a list of collaborators for a document, and the ability to see cursors and selections of those collaborating in real time. You can also jump to a collaborator’s cursor by clicking his or her name in the list. Each collaborator is assigned a unique color in the list which corresponds to the the edits they make on the document.
The new update also allows iCloud users to organize iWork documents into folders, as well as print directly from the iWork web platform. Creating and adding documents to a folder on the web platform is is similar to how it’s done in the iOS version. Simply select and drag one or more documents on top of another document, and a folder is instantly created. Folders can also be renamed.
The update also now allows Numbers for iCloud sheets in spreadsheets to be reordered, and in Keynote users can now skip slides during playback.
Apple also followed up with another release, the redesign of its iOS iBooks app—now stripped of its classic skeuomorphic design and replaced with a clean iOS 7 design.