The latest round of updates to iWork for iCloud have now begun rolling out to users and there's plenty of welcomed changes and improvements happening across the board. Some of the improvements apply to the service all around while others hit on key improvements for Pages for iCloud, Numbers for iCloud and Keynote for iCloud. First up, the apps specifically. According to The Loop
As Apple released OS X 10.9 Mavericks last fall they also introduced new versions of their iWork applications — Keynote, Pages and Numbers. The new release created major disruptions for long-time iWork users who depended on automation workflows that were no longer available in the new releases.
Apple has updated the iWork suite today on both the Mac and iOS. The iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote now have Retina display support, a new design in the editor tab, and better sharing that allows for a "view-only" state to keep unwanted changes from happening. Also, documents can be opened directly via iCloud mail.
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.
Just a few days after Apple opened the floodgates and allowed all customers with an Apple ID to try out the new iWork for iCloud beta, the gates are being closed again it seems. Multiple reports have been seen that some are seeing an apology message when trying to log in.
When it comes to desktop publishing, Microsoft Office has long been the staple, the standard in the space. Apple's iWork suite allows you to export your files to be compatible with Microsoft Office, and this has now extended to the newly opened up iWork for iCloud beta. While files may naturally save in Apple's native format, getting an Office compatible copy takes just a few clicks. This is especially important for users of Windows PCs where there is no option to run native iWork files. Here's how to do it.
Reports are coming in this morning that Apple has now opened up the iWork for iCloud beta to anyone with a registered Apple ID. This comes after the initial launch to registered developers only, and then a small number of selected non-developer accounts. But, now it seems everyone can go ahead and try out Apple's cloud based productivity suite.
iWork for iCloud is how Apple will make iWork available on the web, and on devices that don't run iOS or OS X, and now they're making the beta available to even more people. Originally announced at WWDC 2013, Apple first invited developers into the program, but as of today, non-developers are getting invited as well. Here's what Apple's email says:
First announced on Monday in the WWDC 2013 keynote, the iWork for iCloud beta is now live for registered developers to preview. Essentially, this is Apple's answer to Google Drive's online document editing tools, and promises almost the same experience as the desktop versions of the iWork apps.
Apple has unveiled iWork for iCloud. Users will now be able to iWork create documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in a web browser. iWork for iCloud supports features such as drag and drop and editing of Microsoft Office files.