Apple today has enhanced its iWork suite of iCloud apps to include much improved collaboration, new document options, and more file storage. iWork includes the Pages word processor, Keynote presentation maker, and Numbers spreadsheet manager, and it is likely that supporting apps for iOS and OS X will become available in the near future…
The new collaboration features allow for over 100 people to collaborate on a single file in either Pages, Keynote, or Numbers. Apple introduced collaboration with iWork for iCloud last year, and the feature matches Google Drive’s ability to allow multiple people to work on a single file simultaneously. This 100 number is up from the previous limit of 50 simultaneous users.
Apple has also improved file storage on iWork for iCloud, allowing individual documents to be 1GB in size and allowing for individual image sizes of up to 10MB. The 1GB file size is vastly improved over the earlier 200MB per document limit and the 10MB image file limit is double the previous limit of 5MB.
The trio of applications also now have the ability to create 2D and interactive charts with formatting improvements and make more color changes. Pages has also gained exporting to ePub support, improvements to tables, and object layering. Numbers has added exporting to CSV (which allows easier integration with Microsoft Excel), and Keynote has gained the ability to show or hide slide numbers.
Last month, iWork for iCloud gained an improved design and new sharing options. Even with these improvements, Apple still calls the software beta apps, but perhaps we will learn more about the future of iWork for iCloud at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in early June. Thanks, Chris!
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