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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.

ICloud collaborator

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.

ICloud folder
The update also now allows Numbers for iCloud sheets in spreadsheets to be reordered, and in Keynote users can now skip slides during playback.

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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.

IBooks design

Source: TechCrunch

  1. Kyem G
    November 29, 2013 at 7:03 am

    well, I had Kindle installed in my iPad since a long time but never had used it cz all my ePubs were stored in iBooks and now after this disgraced update of iBooks, I obviously needed to check Kindle and yes the annotation feature is good here in kindle but somewhat similar to iBooks... I've got no thorough look on that yet..

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

      Kyem G, I find that iBooks sometimes more expensive than Kindle books. There's also much more customer feedback on Amazon than in the iBooks store. So yeah you should check it out. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. Kyem G
    November 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I don't use iWork but I had always been a fan of iBook for the real book UI but the update turned me against to it and so did the other users (as per the reviews in the app store) who didn't like the new design. Atleast the real book interface must not have been changed..

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Kyem, I have to agree. The redesign looks very flat and unimaginative. I can see why they got rid of the bookshelf, as they did the leather frame in the Address Book, but they need to rethink the redesign yet again on the iBook app. It's boring.

    • Kyem G
      November 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Flat shelf, its ok bt the flat books are totally unaccepted!! Earlier I used to prefer the iBooks over the Kindle as the real book UI attracted me and obviously it looked beautiful bt now there is no much visible difference between the Kindle and the iBooks... Really they need to rethink about the iBooks design.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Yep, at this point the Kindle design is better than the iBooks. And I'm really glad that the Kindle app now allows you to organize books into collections, which of course is a feature that's been in iBooks for a while.

      So what about annotation features in both apps. Which do you find better?

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