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Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:52 pm PT (03:52 pm ET)

iWork for iCloud gets iOS7-inspired look, new document and security features

Apple on Thursday rolled out another update to its nascent iWork for iCloud web productivity suite that brought a new flat user interface and added key features like password protection and keyboard shortcuts.

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The most prominent of Thursday's changes revolved around the suite's trumpeted collaboration features. Users can now add passwords to spreadsheets, presentations, and documents and share those password-protected files with others.

In addition, the apps sport a new way for users to see which files they have been granted access to by others. VoiceOver support has also been improved for accessibility-minded users, and new keyboard shortcuts for rotating, resizing, and repositioning objects have been added.

Numbers was given the ability to flow text into adjacent cells and to apply rich text formatting to text in table cells, features present in the desktop version but missing from the web variant until now. Users can also take advan

Both Pages and Keynote now support tables with customizable formatting. Pages also gained support for styling anchored and inline images, shapes, and text boxes, as well as the ability to edit endnotes in Microsoft Word documents.

Alongside the new features, Apple promises its usual smattering of bug fixes and stability improvements.