3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2014 1:44 AM by Simon Slavin
Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1
Mac OS X

I have some questions about using iWork (especially Keynote) across multiple platforms: MacOS, iCloud and iOS:  I currently own an iMac (late-2012 slimline model, running MacOS 10.8 and iWork 2009). I am considering buying a refurb iPad Mini (or iPod Touch) from Apple-direct. I have never owned/used an iOS device before.


If I create business or personal presentations in Keynote 5.3 on my iMac, will I be able to store these documents on iCloud for easy access while I'm on the road? And will iWork for iCloud and iOS be able to open them and handle them without any compatibility issues? What if I'm traveling light and I want to playback one of these iWork documents on someone else's device? Would they work?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), late-2012 Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HD
  • Simon Slavin Level 4 Level 4

    If you're using up-to-date versions of the apps on both your computer and your iDevice, then you will be able to access the same files ...


    • using the web interface to iCloud from any computer
    • using the app on your computer
    • using the app on your iDevice


    You will need to check whether the exact model of refurbished iDevice you're buying can run up-to-date copies of the iWorks for iOS apps.  Check with



  • Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1
    Mac OS X

    My inquiry is a little different than that:


    I'm asking if I could still compose Keynote presentations on my iMac (iWork 2009; Keynote 5.3 for Mac) and play those presentations on an iPad Mini that would be running the latest version of Keynote for iOS.

  • Simon Slavin Level 4 Level 4

    If both devices have up-to-date versions of Keynote, you can transfer documents back and forth between them and present on either one.  The version of Keynote you list for your Mac is too old: you will need to update to version 6.x to be compatible with the free version of Keynote available for iOS.