Apple iWork Gets Real-Time Collaboration
Aping something that Microsoft and Google have long offered, Apple's iWork suite of productivity software is now getting real-time collaborative abilities. At Apple's iPhone event (Sept. 7), the computing giant unveiled the new tool. It was fully released with the roll out of macOS Sierra.
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You can share your documents publicly or with specific people. You can see who else is in a document and see participant's cursors as they edit. You can even use tabs to work with multiple documents in one window.
It works in Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps. As multiple users edit a Keynote slideshow, for instance, each person gets their own colored bubble to represent their changes, similar to the tracking methods for Google Docs or Microsoft Office. That allows each person to see who's making what changes. The new feature will be available via Mac, iOS and via iCloud.com. You can set changes to public or private mode.
Google first offered collaborative editing as an option as far back as 2011. Does this feature make iWork more appealing?