Apple released this week another update to its iCloud Beta iWork suite of productivity applications. New features for this update include the ability for users to collaborate with up to 100 people on a document, edit documents as large 1GB, improved ePub export, and a new “view only” setting for sharing documents.
The online iCloud Beta for iWorks allows users to create, share, and edit Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents across Mac and iOS documents. The online version of iWorks also includes the awesome, professionally designed templates found in the iOS and OS X versions.
In the latest update, each iWork application received over a dozen major and minor upgrades and improvements, with a new UI design and improvements to accessibility. Users can now create and embed charts with date, time, and duration values, insert images up to 10MB, create and insert 2D and interactive charts, and share password-protected documents via iCloud link.
Upgrades to the collaboration feature includes a listing of collaborators currently working in a document, and the ability to jump to a collaborator’s cursor by clicking their name in the collaborator list.
The update also improves Microsoft PowerPoint compatibility, with the ability to open password-protected Keynote ’09 and PowerPoint presentations. Nearly 200 new fonts were added to the both the Pages and Keynote web applications, as well as the ability to insert, edit, and format inline tables. Other improvements for Numbers allow for dragging and dropping to reordering spreadsheets, and the ability to import and export CSV files.
iWork for iCloud works with Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 or later, and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later.
I don’t know when, exactly, but collaborative editing in iWork for iCloud got pretty good. Can’t wait for iOS. http://t.co/UFimDL9w7s
— Federico Viticci (@viticci) May 20, 2014
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