updated 05:50 pm EST, Tue November 15, 2011
'Documents in the Cloud' to be refined
Developers have been notified that a beta version of OS X 10.7.3 is now available for testing, which comes with a focus on the currently-underdeveloped Documents in the Cloud feature of iCloud. The new build, labelled 11D16 -- also asks that developers test iCal, Mail, Address Book and iCloud generally. At the same time, the company also released a test version of OS X Lion Server 10.7.3.
Documents in the Cloud enables users who have any of the iWork apps on their mobile devices to automatically keep project files in sync across their devices (such as between a Mac and iPad). Users can also sync text, RTF, PDF and Microsoft Office documents, since the iWork apps can read them as well. Changes to documents on one device are instantly reflected on the other devices. Other apps will eventually have support added as well, and a workaround for non-iWork document syncing already exists.
Testers are cautioned that they will not be able to revert their systems back to any earlier versions once they install it without erasing the hard drive. The note accompanying the release lists no known issues. OS X 10.7.3 is the first beta release developers have been able to work with since iCloud's services went live back in mid-October when 10.7.2 was released. The build shows as a 633MB delta update for registered developers.