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Pagehand... Everybody knows what a word processor should do: things like styles, sections, columns, tables, tab leaders, document properties, autosave, document templates, keep together, keep with next, widow/orphan control, automatic formatting and replacement of text, numbered paragraphs, bullets, adjustable hyphenation, layout guides, split views, and small caps. That sort of thing.

But what if a word processor offered more than the usual list of features? A good word processor ought to:

  • Use PDF as its file format, so anyone can read your documents perfectly, fonts and all.
  • Help you with typography, more...

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Yavari Member IconReview+45

I love Pagehand! It's got great attention to typography and layout, and I've been using it pretty often to write different kinds of documents. (There are a few kinks, though, like an 'unexpectedly quit' error that pops up when I use a particular font in the program, but not in other apps.)

I am disappointed, however, that the developer axed the program and won't be updating it further. Well, c'est la vie. It was still worth every penny and it's staying on my computer.

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Steven Goodheart


Pagehand is now Pagesmith:


Good luck!

ChristopherPrice Member IconComment+105

I really like the looks of Pagehand, but the fact that it hasn't been updated for 8 months concerns me.

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Hamdi Member IconReview+34

To Caesar what is Caesar's! This is a totally different writing software. It has something to do with neatness and with formalism. Folks who care about good looks of a page on the screen and immediate access to FORMatting elements should consider this app. In that respect it is exquisite.
I have and am currently using almost all the writing applications in the Mac app market: Scrivener, Ulysses, Word 97, Pages 09, Writeroom, Bean, nowadays OmmWriter, along with a few journalling and notetaking software. But Pagehand is superior to them in its wonderful manipulation of formal elements. This is something that may not be seen at first glance (I too missed its forte at first try; I too was misled by some negative reviews here like PDF thing etc. -but then I saw that I was allowed to save/export a document as docx.) Its niceties come off in time, especially for those of us who have come to forget to savour the first lazy moments before a blank page.
Another strong point is its use of tabs a la Ulysses. You can open and edit multiple documents within the same window. So it also acts like a temporary database with integrated side by side and under view options. I find this aspect especially useful. The only thing I miss is full screen editing.
Pagehand, in short, is about pleasurable writing. I heartily recommend it.

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Version 1.0.8
Maclover1.1 Member IconComment+742

I cannot quite rate it yet as I have not used it extensively.. but so far I like the idea..the interface is clean (I just wish the toolbar could be placed on the right (most humans are right-handed and yet we are still stuck with most software using a left toolbar (Apple should think about this...) making us move our mouse/stylus all the way across the screen every single time.. sure we write left to right but so what !!!!! that is a completely separate issue) ?!? Apart from that I just do not understand why Pagehand cannot open other pdf files.. like say.. Skim or Preview can... even if indeed it could not edit them... at least to annotate and so on.. I always like when I can replace a few pieces of software with a single one... If it did that I guess I'd give it 5 stars.. maybe even 6 lol... Price is not that bad if it becomes one's main Word Processing tool...

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Version 1.0.7
DarylF2 Member IconComment+24

How does saved document size compare with the same document saved in TextEdit as RTF, in Word 2008 as doc/docx, or in Pages'09?

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Version 1.0.4
frankns Member IconComment+33

Some very interesting choices in the user interface, e.g. labels with words rather than icons, because when you write, you're thinking in words. Of course, that's not for everyone ... But the deal breaker here is that you can't save as an RTF and share a document with your MS Office friends ... or anyone else. Ouch.

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Version 1.0.4

It's PDF, you can share it with anyone that has Adobe Reader.


Let me clarify: I cannot send a PDF to my MS Office colleague and ask him/her to edit it. (I can do this with an RTF and it's what I do every day with Nisus). Now, there may be an export function that I missed, but it doesn't appear in the 'Save/as' dialogue.


I don't know if you missed it either, since you're commenting on 1.0.4 and I have 1.0.5, but there is an Export option in the File menu on 1.0.5, and RTF is one of the choices. So, if it wasn't there before, it is now.


Also, if the PDF is enabled for editing anyone can edit it using Adobe Reader. I do it all the time with clients.


Note that if you send a Pagehand PDF to someone who then edits it with Adobe Acrobat, the resulting PDF will no longer be able to be edited by Pagehand.

Jfm Member IconReview+73

It is not yet complete, it is a work in process, but it is a very nice tool. I would like especially to praise the elegant, pleasant, non intrusive interface. Moreover, the entire tool is clearly meant for people who write and enjoy writing.

The use of PDF as a format for saving is unexpected, but allows to share documents with other people easily, due to PDF universality. Of course, there is a related limitation: one needs to own Pagehand for working on a document created with Pagehand. However, for documents that are not too complex, it is easy to export into some other formats, preferably RTF.

Since it is still at the initial stage, a number of improvements are needed, but they are all in the work, it is just a matter of patience for users. For instance, footnotes need to be added. I am confident it will improve: the developer is responsive, and the forum, while small at this point, is already starting to be active.

A promising tool - I used it already for writing a few small texts, and I was very pleased: writing was pleasant, fluid. And insofar I can witness from my own experience, it was completely stable.

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Version 1.0.4
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License Demo
Date 15 Feb 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $39.95
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