iWork documents float into iCloud with update

Serenity Caldwell
26 July, 2012
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OS X got a big update this morning in the form of Mountain Lion, including support for Documents in the Cloud, Apple’s iCloud service for wirelessly syncing your files between computers. Not to be left in the dust by the likes of TextEdit and Preview, however, the Mac versions of Apple’s three iWork apps also received updates to enable access to files stored in iCloud.

It’s hardly a surprise to see iWork Update 9.2 now: Apple previewed Documents in the Cloud support for iWork at the last month’s Worldwide Developers Conference; the company had also been showcasing a screenshot of Pages synced across all Apple devices on its OS X website. As the iWork apps aren’t bundled with OS X, however, they wouldn’t receive Documents in the Cloud support as part of an operating system upgrade – hence, the separate update today.

The patch brings support for Documents in the Cloud to Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Unfortunately, iBooks Author, the unofficial fourth member of the iWork team, did not receive a Documents in the Cloud-centric update.

Documents in the Cloud, which lets apps access files stored in iCloud, works similarly to the iWork apps as it does with TextEdit, Preview or any third-party iCloud-enabled app. When you open, say, Pages, you’ll be greeted with iCloud’s Document Library and any file you may have created or saved there.

The files themselves can be opened organised by name or date, put into folders – iOS style – by dragging one file on top of another or distributed via the Share menu. You can also create new files by clicking on the New Document button or copy a file from your computer – or a different Document Library – by dragging it over to your library.

Now you can access iWork documents stored in iCloud on your Mac.

As the iWork apps are available on both OS X and iOS, they have the added advantage of being able to access any Pages, Numbers or Keynote file you’ve saved to iCloud, regardless of whether you created them on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. This makes editing documents between devices that much smoother – and comes especially in handy when you’re trying to tweak that last bit of presentation on your iPhone ten minutes before you’re set to go on-stage.

Additionally, the update adds Retina-ready graphics and support for Mountain Lion’s new Dictation feature; Apple has released a document on its website with more information.

If you own Pages, Numbers or Keynote, you can download the update for free from the Mac App Store, via Software Update or a standalone installer on Apple’s Downloads page; though you can install the update on Lion, you’ll need to be running Mountain Lion to take advantage of Documents in the Cloud and Dictation. New users can purchase each app in the iWork suite for $20.99.

In addition to the Mac versions of iWork, Apple also released updates to the mobile components of its productivity suite. The 1.6.1 versions of KeynoteNumbers and Pages work with iCloud to make presentations, spreadsheets and documents available between your iOS device and your Mac.


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