Must-Read Review of Apple's Pagesby Lesley Pinkett
What is Pages?
Apple's Pages gives you the best of both worlds. It's an easy to use, streamlined word processor and a versatile, cutting edge page layout tool. As Apple says: "It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works."
When you first open the program, you get a pop up menu with a selection of over 180 Apple-designed templates for every situation you can think of. Use this Template Chooser to find the best one for your needs.
It doesn't matter whether you're writing a letter, a CV, or a book, there's something there for you to use. Once you have something that you like the look of, simply type in your text, drop in your photos from iPhoto and the placeholders are automatically replaced with your text and pictures.
Need a chart? No problem, copy and paste tables and charts from Numbers (the Mac equivalent of Excel). The data is linked, so when you change the data in your spreadsheet you need only one click to change your Pages document too.
Write your text and then use a single click to format it. A formatting bar at the top of the page shows you the current settings at a glance. I love the pop out "drawer" that allows you to see how each setting really looks. When you make a change to the format, this is displayed in the "drawer".
Desk Top PublishingPages is not only a superb word processor it is a wonderfully simple to use desk top publishing (DTP) program as well.
Starting with a blank canvas or one of the many templates, you can create your own stunning page layouts in no time at all.
The Inspector shows you the exact settings for all the default elements and with a few clicks you can customise these to fit your publication. Fonts, images, graphics, tables and 3D charts are easy to add. Control the text, wrap it around your images, move it all around: the sky's the limit. It is just SO easy to work with.
The best part is that you don't have to "learn" how to use the menus because they are all integrated with the other Mac programs. Everything is laid out the same, looks the same, works the same, so Pages has a really small learning curve.
Working with Word
Pages is, in my opinion, a whole lot easier to use than Word, and I love the way that it is so integrated with my other Mac programs. It's such a pleasure to make professional looking documents with so little effort.
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