Apple updates iWork for iCloud beta with collaboration enhancements

Apple updates iWork for iCloud beta with collaboration enhancements

Apple has updated the beta of iWork for iCloud. This update focuses on collaboration. You can view a list of collaborators that are currently in a document, as well as the cursors of their collaborators. Clicking a collaborator's name from the list will cause you to jump to their cursor in the current document. You can also see when a collaborator moves images and object in a document. Keynote also gives you the ability to skip slides by right-clicking any slide in the navigator during playback. Numbers will let you reorder the sheets in your spreadsheets.

This update also adds support for printing directly from the Tools menu, and organizing your documents into folders.

Source: iCloud.com, via The Loop

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Stephen Trew says:

Was it a mistake for Apple to release the update of iWork without spelling out the limitations? Perhaps. They did say it was being rewritten from the ground up at the launch. They just did not say how far they had gotten - which was not too far. And some of the Apple community are not too happy. But Apple now has a good track record for delivering what they promise, Maps is now a pretty good product. I expect that in iWork will mature in to a superb cross platform office suite. Apple had just do it pretty quickly.

sir17reeder says:

I love iWork for iCloud because it now makes a way for me to get all my documents from pages to my windows computer. So glad that they added an easier way to print.

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Obsidian71 says:

Exactly. Apple developing a solid web based iWork was a huge expenditure undoubtedly but it's going to pay off in expanding the wide reach of the programs.

impaler says:

Nice to see them working on improvements and iterating. They might be at the cusp of understanding cloud a bit more.

piranhadonna says:

I keep forgetting I have this. I really need to start using it more.

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Becjr says:

I've been using iWork in iCloud (via Safari) more than I have been using the apps on my iMac... I couldn't explain why...
I am curious, though, some one was asking me about why iWork was so incredibly slow on their [old] iMac and after suggesting the usual troubleshoot tips I suggested they try iWork in iCloud. I haven't heard back from them, but can anyone else confirm if there would be a discernible increase in performance using Safari over a local app?

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vianar says:

I love iWork and use it on all my devices and online. I am not sold on this new group editing feature (similar to the function on google docs). I find this method of collaboration very destructive and I much prefer track changes since we still see what was originally there in the document before a change was made so that it could be returned to the document easily. The current group doc editing mode does not allow for this function, at least what I have seen. If I am wrong please let me know.

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vianar says:

I love iWork and use it on all my devices and online. I am not sold on this new group editing feature (similar to the function on google docs). I find this method of collaboration very destructive and I much prefer track changes since we still see what was originally there in the document before a change was made so that it could be returned to the document easily. The current group doc editing mode does not allow for this function, at least what I have seen. If I am wrong please let me know.

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DikaiaKnight says:

I've been trying to use the iWork for iCloud apps but they're just so basic. I couldn't even add page numbers to a Pages doc the other day. I don't have the desktop apps but do have the iOS ones so I would use it but need more features!

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kdh0324 says:

Really liking the new improvements. Like the idea of collaboration tools. Definitely will help with my travel for work and I'm out of the office, but still need to work on projects.

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Justin D says:

Just tried the new update, it looks good. I wonder how this will compare to google docs (my current cloud document system of choice)

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bradenbarker says:

Collaboration is such a huge step forward. Hopefully they roll out those features that were removed sooner rather than later.

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clipps99 says:

I really like how you can collaborate with someone and watch them as they add things to the document

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jguitesms says:

I was so happy when Apple updated iWork for iCloud because we are huge on collaboration at my work, so we love the fact that we can collaborate even though we work between Macs and PCs. One of our favorite new features is the Print/Save as PDF option. Just can't believe it took so long.

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jngmin00 says:

I'm so glad that Apple created iWork for iCloud. It's so convenient for me because I don't have to carry my macbook to school because I can just access a document on a school computer.

jakej914 says:

The fact that iWork for iCloud, Mac, and iOS all use the same file format, I feel, is still overlooked by the hardcore iWork users. This update shows they're committed to adding features. Hopefully they'll keep iterating like this.

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BeyondtheTech says:

Tell me why I would want to pay $10 per app on the Mac App Store when these iCloud versions are free?

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counterculture says:

I'm confused to why exactly we NEED iWork on iCloud.com. What's the point of having the apps available for download per Mac? Wouldn't that be cannibalizing the app purchases or is it limited compared to what iWork, iLife and such can do in the paid apps? If not then I see no need...except maybe people who don't a MacBook, iMac, etc.

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Guy4Tech says:

iWork is really nice to have since I'm in college. I just wish more people adopted it to use the collaboration, even iWork on iCloud. I think too many people are hung up on MS Office to think outside of the box. I mean, who wants to pay $100 a year for the office suite when iWork and the invasive Google Drive is available for free? It doesn't make sense.
Hopefully, we will see more investments from Apple on iWork to make it really competitive with MS Office. It won't be easy though, seeing that office has been around since almost the beginning of it all.

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Aj Heath says:

Sounds like google drive. I like this more and can't wait to see where it goes. Already use numbers for work and the collaboration is great but needs some tweeking.

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nadnosliw says:

iWork apps are my preferred office apps in many ways but apple are far behind MS and Google on this. They are however going in the right direction (generally).

The collaboration features are good but we need some options here for limiting other users' access - i.e. view/edit/comment. In fact some people might remember the very first iWork sharing beta a few years ago? In that we could share Keynotes with others and the transition effects would play in the browser. That was good stuff - I hope Apple's headed back there.

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