There are few examples of Apple software that are inferior to Microsoft products but it has to be said, Microsoft Word still has the edge on Pages. However, with the release of Mavericks, Apple has brought it even closer to Word with a slick new interface, many new templates and more powerful editing tools.
Excellent graphic design features
Pages is a fantastic word processing application that's slowly winning hearts. Although it can take some getting used to if you've used Word all your life, once you get the grip of it it is easy to use, relatively inexpensive (it can now be purchased separately or comes as part of the iWork suite) and as expected from an Apple product, the graphic design features are second to none.
Lacks some essential features
Unfortunately, Pages still lacks basics such as a grammar checker although the truth is that the grammar checker in Word is rarely useful anyway only offering subtle changes that don't really make much difference to the meaning of a phrase or sentence. Where it certainly excels over Word is for graphics - many users prefer it for designing posters, adding tables and just about anything where graphics are concerned.
Not quite Word but getting there
It may not quite be up to MS Word but Pages is slowly getting there and future releases will surely see it address the few issues that remain to make it a truly great word processor.
- Stunning new user interface
- • Over 60 Apple-designed templates
- • Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
- • New Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
- • Enhanced change tracking, comments, and highlights; show and hide changes and comments on mouse-over
- • Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
- • Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
- • Easy setup for headers, footers, and document body
- • Use new 2D bubble charts
- • Enhanced conditional highlighting makes it easy to automatically highlight cells based on numbers, text, dates, and durations
- • Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
- • Anyone with a shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the document and can edit it with you at iCloud.com
- • Access and edit documents from iCloud.com using Pages for iCloud beta
- • New unified file format across the Mac, iOS, and the web makes documents work seamlessly everywhere
- • Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help
- • Pages is now available in Arabic and Hebrew
- • Improved support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean