Apple looking to expand iWork’s online ‘cloud’ experience?

Apple Store USA“TechCrunch reports on a new Apple job posting that appeared last week that seems to reveal plans for an expanded online ‘cloud’ experience for the company’s iWork productivity suite,” Eric Slivka reports for Mac Rumors. “While Apple has offered an iWork.com beta site for document collaboration since soon after the launch of iWork ’09 in January, the job posting hints at a new ground-up project in the works.”

The Productivity team (i.e. iWork) is seeking an energetic, highly motivated software engineer in building a scalable rich internet application. The person will be part of the core development team and engage in an area from design to development of the software system.

Slivka writes, “The mention of the position’s involvement in ‘design to development’ stages suggests that Apple is looking to undertake a new project of grander scale rather than simply continuing to tweak and build on its existing iWork.com offerings.”

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10 Comments

  1. i would like the option of online editing done better then googles doc application. I recently used iwork for a keynote project me and my class mates had to do and it was difficult for them to add their parts the adding of notes was simply not enough. its a good start but needs work especially when you have to work with ppl using pc’s. the conversion from a keynote file to a ppt for them is not the best it could be.

  2. Honestly, I think iWork Should’ve been been included with iLife. iLife is the app pack that should fulfill most of a mac users basic needs, iWork is the missing link and I don’t think this it’s worth paying over Over $50 just for Pages & Keynote.

    And I still don’t trust cloud content yet. Look What happened with Microsoft & Verizon where they lost user content.

  3. Lilochris said: “I don’t think this it’s worth paying over Over $50 just for Pages & Keynote.” I agree … that would be a pretty thin offering. Good thing, then, that they’ve added Numbers to the mix. Too bad, though, that they have not included Bento in the mix … even if they have to raise the price to $99 to accomplish that … giving the package more or less the same functionality as ClarisWorks and AppleWorks used to have – and that MS Office still has (at a much higher price).
    As for “I think iWork Should’ve been been included with iLife” … kidding, right? These two packages were put together with quite different concepts in mind. iLife is for the artist in you, iWork for the worker … like mating the grasshopper and the ant. And Apple all but gives them away as it is!
    Sure, a Graphics Art program would be a nice addition to iLife, but it’s a solid package. You get three or four programs for under $100 that would cost – any one of them – at least $100 from a third party. Sure, the third party would give you more functionality … assuming you NEED more functionality … but that’s a hefty price differential, especially if you are just dipping your toe in the medium.

  4. Another comment: I watch school students using some of the Google stuff on-line.

    On-line isn’t really the issue. Especially in the case of graphics.

    Picture this: you have a deadline project that requires you to create graphics. You have absolutely no graphics experience, yet somehow expect to go on-line and produce an art project worthy of Michalangelo in 15 minutes?

    Yes, modern students do expect that. But just because they want it does not mean they can get it. They then assume that I as the teacher with 20 years graphics experience can just push a magic button and download it into their head through the Ethernet port in their left ear.

    The only thing that will fix that is, guess what? Experience! But since they have no experience, they do not know what experience is! But don’t I know that “everything is different now? No, it isn’t.

    Cloud apps can work for very simple projects that can be learned with 2 minutes of practice. Sort of like what kindergartners produce with crayons intended to be hung on the refrigerator.

    If you want to get something significant out of Photoshop, you need to practice every day. Just like paint brushes 500 years ago. I think thats actually good. The kids, even the 40 year old versions need to be slapped down by reality once in a while. That is called education, or should be.

  5. <gasp> I have not seen – to my recollection – a single rumor regarding either iWork ’10 or iLife ’10! Will we be seeing either? Or, perhaps, will either … both … by updated only enough to link easily to iWork.com?
    Have any of you heard anything more? Anything at all? I must admit I’ve gotten quite used to yearly updates, being pleased at what new functionality will become available.

  6. Hi Guy’s,
    I think iWork Should’ve been been included with iLife. iLife is the app pack that should fulfill most of a mac users basic needs, iWork is the missing link and I don’t think this it’s worth paying over Over $50 just for Pages & Keynote.

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