Pages

Version: 5.2 || Release Date: 2014-04-02 || License: Commercial with demo ($19.99) App Owner: maimecha

Apple's word processing/page layout software. Easy to use and relatively inexpensive (includes the excellent "Keynote" program in the price). Might not replace Word or InDesign but is terrific for making academic posters for conferences.

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Pages also has the best default word count facility, right in the lower left, including words in footnotes/endnotes. With its excellent Word import/export, it has become my 1st choice for getting ms. into final form for academic journals.

Who needs Word! Pages rocks all the time and I really write much stuff with it! The integration into the system is awesome! PDF-as-background-import: No Problem as vector! Try this in Word or OpenOffice: You'll fail.

Pages rocks! The new fullscreen mode is beautiful too. I've rarely had any crashes and I've never had a compatibility issue, Apple really got this one right.

I use Pages all the time. When I hand in papers for college assignments the teachers always ask, "What program you using?" This smokes word! Drag and drop psd, ai, eps, pdf or anything right into the document. In a few minutes I have a paper that looks like I've used InDesign, which I do use for more complex or long documents. The share feature is styling way to upload a paper and then grab it at school, yes I know about dropbox and mobileme I use them both. Another fine product from Apple!

Not being able to save in word format with a working document (you have to save it in Page's format and export) is irritating. However, there is some sort of hack out there and finally I can save .doc files as the working format. Kerpow.

The interface is well designed and has become intuitive for me in ways that other word processors never have. Its page layout features will more than satisfy most users. It handles almost all the Word files I throw at it without a qualm. My only complaint: It's still clumsy with footnotes and oblivious to bibliographies. This alone makes it seem a bit like a toy.

I use Scrivener for writing and InDesign for professional work so I rarely use Pages but it is terrific for what it is – a powerful word processing app that rivals Word.

I refused to install Word until I actually couldn’t do something in Pages or another iWork app. So far it has been a year and I haven’t had a problem.

I use Nisus Writer Pro for everyday writing, but Pages is definitely easier for complex page layouts.

And...it saved the day for my dad....He had a 500K vital document in the new .docx format in Word on Windows XP, and Word stopped opening it, giving only a meaningless error message. But Pages opened it and let me convert it back to the earlier Word format which his computer would open. Good thing Apple's around to save MS users from MS software!

Pages 1 and 2 were both too focused on being word processing/page layout hybrid programs, and ultimately failed at both. I tried very hard to like Pages because it "fit in" with the system, but ultimately had to stick with Word and InDesign. Version 3 has pushed me over the edge, and (for now - we'll see what happens when Office '08 rolls around) has replaced Word for me.

The major things that people I know seemed to complain about (re: Pages as word processor) that have been addressed in Pages 3 are grammar checking (still not as elegant as Word - very few 'solutions' show up in the contextual menu, rather you have to go to the separate grammar checker dialog box... but the 'green underlining' is still there as you type); change tracking (compatible with Word docs, thankfully, and works well until you have more changes/comments than will fit on a page, and you try to print them... the ones that don't fit on the page ultimately get kicked off the island); live word count based on selection (no complaints here); and a normal formatting bar (which works well, except that if you have an 8.5×11" at 100% zoom, you lose some things on the right, which get replaced by an ellipsis. I wish this ellipsis were clickable to get at those missing things - namely line spacing, but everything here is accessible in the formatting palette anyway).

So I do have some quibbles with Pages, but the reality is that it's prettier than Word, and it runs a lot smoother than Word, and it's finally creeping up to the power of Word. Also, I've not yet experienced any slowdowns on a single 1.8 G5 or on my bottom-line MacBook.

As far as page-layout goes, I don't think I'll ever be able to trash InDesign for anything real, but for doing simple invoices, &c., Pages can hold its own. In my opinion, it's primarily a word processor now (as I had hoped it would be) with some nice page layout options thrown in. One thing I'd fix? Make it so I can customize hotkeys for styles... Not just function keys!

I finally switched to Pages version 2 after seventen years of swearing by Word... Feels strange, but Microsoft just weren't going anywhere except making their app more and more top heavy and gadgety with every new version.

The new Pages actually does the job of writing letters and memoranda (which is all I need a word-processing application for) much mor smoothly and intuitively than Word. ANd converting all my templates and styles to Pages from Word was done in almost no time at all.

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