Tim Bajarin: Steve Jobs’ legacy lives on; Apple’s iWork for iCloud sets new standard for Web-based productivity tools

“At WWDC last week, Apple announced a cloud-based version of iWork. As Apple demoed this, the whole Flash versus HTML5 brouhaha came back to my mind,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine. “Let’s back up a bit. When Steve Jobs and Apple decided to withdraw support for Adobe Flash in iOS, they got a lot of flak from many corners of the industry. Jobs, of course, had his own ideas as he was pushing for a stable technology to deliver Flash-like content. Now back to Apple’s WWDC keynote. The more I watched how Pages, Numbers, and Keynote work in the cloud, the more I realized that Jobs was right about the impact of HTML5 and its role in providing very rich Web-based applications”

Apple’s new iWork for iCloud works “exactly as if they were local on a Mac or iPad in the Web browser,” Bajarin writes. “While both Google Docs and Office 360 [sic] have similar cloud-based apps, they are not quite as rich as Apple’s new iCloud iWork version.”

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Bajarin writes, “I have a long history in desktop publishing and the DTP features such as text to fit and the ability to drop images and video into a document in the cloud version of Pages really resonate with me. More importantly, all changes to the document on one machine sync and appear in all other locations. While there are many other HTML5 Web apps already on the market, iWork sets a new standard for Web-based productivity tools.”

Read more in the full article here.

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25 Comments

        1. … is a mish-mash of rules and exceptions based on all SORTS of older rules and exceptions. The GENERAL rule of the use of “an” vs “a” is explained by Breeze. You (RW) pointed out several exceptions to the exceptions.
          And now, let’s switch from US to Brit. Ow … hurts my head. 🙁

          1. Looks like you and breeze are too busy on the attack to read the article.

            It’s a question of sound, that’s what the article I linked to indicated.
            This link is even better for the rule explanation. It’s not just for AEIOU.

            http://wordinfo.info/unit/3431/

            Not that this is warranted, heck the original post may have made a typo.

            Breeze, there are rules to grammar, there is also the concept of tolerance. I don’t go through a major editorial process to make a post. I expect that many people who post here are in a similar position. Frankly I don’t mind if I make a common type (I typed “us” instead of “use” in my original post) but anyone who has learn how to connect ideas (pre primary school) can certainly put that into context with a little imagination (also pre primary school).

            You can toss all the rules you like, but it’s the creative act that leads to new ideas, puns, new words like iPhone and Kleenex being able to put question marks at the end of statements like you know?

    1. Sadly I doubt we will see its return, though I guess this gives some hope that pages for web might happen, certainly if such an option occurs it will indeed be a Web app only like most of its immediate competition now.

    2. … “latest” version of iWeb, it may well be the LAST version. It wasn’t much, as web-design apps go, but if your needs were “not much”, it was just about right. You could use it to throw together a modest site in no time flat, and it needn’t look like that’s all you did.
      While it was excellent for Moms and Dads and students all over, it was next to useless for a SOHO or larger business. No web designer would use it unless the customer required it.
      If that’s what you need, look at RapidWeaver or SandVOX as alternatives. Both are significantly more powerful and flexible without being break-the-bank expensive. And neither holds a candle to the much more expensive and harder to learn DreamWeaver.

  1. Isn’t it ironic that Apple brings it’s office suite to multiple platforms and Microsoft does what it does best, you know Ostrich impressions. iWorks in iCloud should not be underestimated, it’s the first tap on the final nail in MS’s coffin.

    1. I had to use Google Docs once because a client used it. My reaction was, “You have GOT to be kidding me.” I still don’t understand why people use it.

  2. They really should just scrap iWork and iCloud

    What good is a cloud service like that? No file system, and I can’t use industry standard MS office.

    Either give me a dropbox replacement or let me use dropbox as default for all cloud-based activities.

    Apple doesn’t do web or office software well. I wish they would just get out of the way and integrate with those who do.

    (and to clarify – I am against any company trying to force integration with all of there products – Google and MS included let me pick and choose what is best, stop trying to take the whole pie!)

    1. completely agree!

      Even if iWork for iCloud is a more capable processor than Google Docs, that’s not saying much.

      Moreover, it’s not nearly compelling enough to lure us into subscription-based computing.

      No one seems to be able to describe what ANY version of iWork can FUNCTIONALLY accomplish that MS Office couldn’t do in 1998. Doing all your work while being tethered to the internet is NOT an improvement, friends.

  3. I’m using Evernote atm for work I prepare for my High School classes. It breaks my heart to have to export a Keynote to PPT. This is a really big deal if I can get iWorks functionality with a portable web app from the HD I tote around.

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