Apple recently released an update to their iWork apps (Pages, Keynote and Numbers) in iCloud. This update includes some very significant improvements. Here’s a quick look:
- Lots more fonts! This font addict is quite pleased to see these additional fonts.
- More collaborators – and you can see who’s currently working in a document. You can have up to 100 people working in the same document at the same time. Invited collaborators do not have to have an Apple ID to access the document. My genealogy society is about to begin updating their governing documents and this could be VERY useful.
- Larger file sizes. Documents can be as large as 1GB and individual images can be up to 10MB. This doesn’t mean bigger is better – or easy to manage – just that it’s possible.
- Support for 2D and interactive charts.
- Pages documents can be exported to ePub format.
- Numbers spreadsheets can be exported in CSV (comma separated values) format.
- Keynote presentations can be exported to Microsoft’s PPTX format.
- They have added several new templates for Pages.
The iCloud edition of iWork’s apps do not have all the features found on the desktop versions, but most of us won’t miss the ones that aren’t there. The focus here is on collaboration and those tools are most impressive.
It’s important to note that while the new fonts are wonderful, your iDevices still have a limited number of fonts available so if you’r planning to work or present from them you’ll need to stay within the iOS limits.