Apple updates iWork for iCloud beta

Jonathan Stewart
21 May, 2014
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Apple has updated its iWork for iCloud suite of productivity apps with bolstered collaboration features, more storage and increased document options.

The beta suite of apps includes word processor Pages, presentation designer Keynote and spreadsheet software Numbers, and a series of the updates apply to all three.

Users can now have up to twice the number of collaborators in a document simultaneously, with the suite now able to hold 100 users, there are close to 200 new fonts and new options in the colour panel. The apps also feature new 2D and interactive charts.

The data allowance has grown significantly, with iWork documents able to reach 1GB in size and images able to be imported up to 10MB in size. This is up from 200MB and 5MB respectively.

The update means Pages documents can be exported as ePub files, the tables have been improved and object layering is now available.

Those who use both Microsoft Excel and Numbers will be happy to hear Numbers documents can be exported as CSV files, while also receiving alternating row colours in tables.

For Keynote users, you will now be able to show and hide slide numbers.

While the iWork suite for iCloud is still in beta mode, the upcoming OS X 10.10 release expected at WWDC could focus on the productivity suite and possibly see the end of the beta tag.

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