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3.0 out of 5 stars Pages not great for complex documents, June 11, 2009
This review is from: iWork '09 [OLD VERSION] (DVD-ROM)
Pages does have a very nice intuitive interface, as with most Apple products. And I suppose the main advantage of Pages is that you can do layout and word processing in one application. But for those interested more specifically in word processing - especially long documents, with many headers and subheaders, indexes, etc. - Pages is not yet optimal.

The main problem with Pages in my view is the lack of a "Document Map" feature. When working with long documents that have a lot of subheadings, Pages becomes clumsy to use. You have to work directly within the Outline view, collapsing and expanding sections. But this entails realigning the text, so you often end up navigating up and down through several pages to find the place where you had been working.

Another significant problem is that it does not export perfectly into Word. For example, when you save your Pages document as a Word file and then open it in Word, the Document Map feature in Word will not parse the document correctly. The result is that once you have converted a document to Pages format, it's pretty hard to convert it back into Word format.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2009 12:29:18 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 10:29:32 PM PDT
Your Post would be useful if you explained what makes you so glad to keep using Office. If you swapped to Mac, it must have been because you recognised the superiority of Mac products over MS products. Let's take Pages: what is it about Pages you rank below Word? Even Work i-8 allowed you to save files in doc format and Work '09 is said to be far better in this regard.

I am a swapper myself, having, after more than 20 years a DOS user, chosen a Mac Powerbook g4 and later a MacPro instead of purchasing competing MS products, and have never regretted it, on the contrary. It is unfortunately true that I-Work '08 will not cooperate with PC based products, e.g. Peachtree Accounting. I-Pages '8 is regrettably short of features and difficult to work with but I am looking forward to seeing all of these negatives turned into positives with IWork '09. Until that happens, I am keeping my clunky, but extremely reliable, Dell 2002 MP70 Tower and bought a Toshiba laptop in 2010, with every machine connected by a LAN.
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