Update 14.08 25/01/2014
icloud.com apps have been updates with various new features – as stated here (in Danish) when you open the icloud.com website and choose an app:
You can read more about which features are introduced on Mac Rumors.
Apple has released in beta three new services in its web based icloud service toolbox. The services include:
- Pages – a wordprocessor
- Numbers – a spreadsheet
- Keynote – an app to generate slideshows
Browser based web apps
In my line of work as a frontend developer I have seen the trend to product powerful web based apps – web apps. I love them as the use the browser to its full building on wide spread technologies. They are cross platform and runs in (mostly) modern browsers.
So Apple have entered the web app scene, how are they doing?
Judging from what I have seen in the three new beta.icloud.com based apps they are doing very well indeed!
I have tested the apps in Google Chrome and it works so smooth that you forget that you are using an app which is not running native on your OSX. Being a beta version, they impress me and I look forward to seing the final versions.
Nothing is perfect
There were a few notes:
- Not many features
- Generated PDF did not look 100% like the one I edited
- Why not let content be exported to HTML (!) ?
Here are some screenshoots
You can see the powerpoint version here.
beta.icloud.com pages start screen
You can see the generated PDF here.