Pages

Pages 4.3

A document editor for formatted text that provides a Mac alternative to Word.
4.2  (30 votes)
8.2.1 (See all)

Pages is a document editor for formatted text that provides a Mac alternative to Word. It features iOS integration and generally greater compatibility with Mac OS than many word processing alternatives. It is not available for any non-Apple platform, and saves in its own .pages file format, although exporting to other formats is certainly possible.

One of the things I like about Pages is that, by default, it makes paragraph symbols visible when selected. This should appeal to anyone who's fed up with trying to figure out when they have a carriage return selected or not. However, in the Apple way, this and other additions of user-friendliness are balanced by a lack of some features that power users may find deal-breaking. There also appears to be some basic inconsistencies in the way formatting works in Pages and in Word, which may cause problems in converted documents. I heartily recommend Pages for exporting PDFs though, since it preserves formatting with more fidelity than Word.

Sam's Protip: Pages uses the new saving system introduced in the latest versions of Mac OS. Because of this, one needs to save a copy (duplicate) prior to editing rather than after editing in order to preserve the original in a separate file.

Sam Lloyd
Editor rating:

Review summary

Pros

  • Need not be bought as part of the iWork bundle
  • Can export to DOC, RTF, TXT, ePub, and PDF (preserves hyperlinks!)

Cons

  • Only available on Mac OS X
  • Does not support vertical text and certain other advanced formatting options
Info updated on:

Related software

Toolbox for Pages
3.6.1
Get access to various elements for your Pages projects.
Fuel for Pages
1.5.1
http://templatesHero.com - All the templates in the app and even more!
Assistant for Pages
2.2
FREE
This app lets you acquire templates for your Pages projects.
Tutor for Pages – Video Tutorial to Help you Learn Pages
2.6
"This Tutorial has it all... clear concise voice, isn't rushed. It will be a Pages Bible.
Write - The word processor for the rest of us. In simple.
1.4
SIMPLE. FAST. POWERFUL. ICLOUD ENABLED. Write is a cute lightweight word processor for our daily writing tasks. It is fast, clean, intuitive to use......