A new version of Apple's iWork productivity suite adds a slew of new features, including more options to share files securely. The changes affect the iOS, Mac and Web-based iCloud versions of iWork, which includes the Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet editor, and Keynote presentation maker.
Users can now share a password-protected file with a link to the document on iCloud, Apple's cloud storage platform. The option is a more convenient way to distribute documents to employees, colleagues and collaborators, and password protection ensures only the people you wish to view the file will have access. Additionally, you can activate a new "view only" setting for shared documents that you want others to view but not edit.
Other improvements include better Microsoft Office support, expanded options for creating charts, and a remote feature that lets you control slide shows on other devices in Keynote. A full list of the changes can be viewed here.
The updated version of iWork comes just days after Microsoft released the first iPad-compatible version of Microsoft Office. The Office for iPad suite — which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint — launched Monday (March 31). The apps themselves are free, and must be downloaded individually, but only Office 365 subscribers have access to their full feature sets. Without a subscription, you can read existing documents and show presentations, but you can't edit documents or create new ones.