Apple were talking about creating web browser based versions of their iWork apps – Pages, Keynote and Numbers – a little while ago, and now that’s become a reality in iCloud. (In beta testing stages for the moment, anyway.)
Now when you log in to your iCloud account online, as well as the usual Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone web apps, you’re also presented with icons for Pages, Keynotes and Numbers. Say you click on Pages, as everything’s synced in iCloud, all the Pages documents you’ve been working on recently on your Mac or iPad will now open up in the browser.
Edit and amend documents
From here, you can then edit and amend your documents, and save them back to iCloud to view and share on Mac and iPad. You can also create new Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents from scratch or from a template (although these aren’t as extensive as in the full versions of the iWork apps), or even just drag files in directly from your desktop.
Probably the most interesting thing about this is, because anyone can sign up for an Apple ID or iCloud account, you don’t even need a Mac or iPad to access and edit iWork files now, making collaboration between Mac and PC even easier. Being able to drag a PPT, XLX, or DOC into a web browser on your PC, tweaking it and editing it, and then having that document available in seconds on your iPad? Priceless.
– The iCloud versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers are currently still in beta testing, but you can try them out here.
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