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Apple Details iWork.com Beta Improvements: Keynote Presentations and Publishing Options


Last week, Apple released iWork 9.0.5, bringing a number of fixes and improvements to the company's productivity suite. Among the most substantial changes are enhancements to the iWork.com beta service that allows users to share projects online, including new support for playing back Keynote presentations and new options for publishing public and private documents.

Apple has just sent out an email to users registered for the iWork.com beta, highlighting the changes to the service and linking to updated feature pages on Apple's site discussing the capabilities.

Play back Keynote '09 presentations on the web, complete with animations.
Using Keynote for Mac, share your presentations and let viewers experience them with over 15 animations, video, hyperlinks, and audio. Play back a presentation on iWork.com using the latest version of Safari on a Mac or PC, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just swipe to advance slides on your iPad using Safari.

New publishing options for public sharing and private online storage.
Upload your documents for private online storage and easily access them from anywhere, or share your documents on social networks using a Public link. Also, you can now embed your presentation seamlessly on a website or blog using the embed code provided by iWork.com. To learn more about these features, and to view an embedded presentation, click here.

Apple announced the iWork.com beta alongside iWork '09 in January 2009. At the time, Apple stated that iWork.com would become a fee-based service once it exited beta mode and made a full public debut. But two years later, the service remains in beta form with only occasional feature updates. Apple has been widely expected to launch a new version of iWork in the relatively near future, with some suggesting it might make its debut alongside the Mac App Store last week, although those predictions failed to come true.