Apple Pages
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Apple's word processor from the iWork suite.   Commercial ($19.99)
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Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.
What's New
Version 5.2:
  • New "view only" setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
  • Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • Copy-paste style improvements
  • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • New Arabic and Hebrew templates
  • Improved support for bi-directional text
  • Word count for Hebrew
  • Create custom data formats
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
  • Improved ePub export
  • Usability improvements
Version 5.2:
  • New "view only" setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
  • Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • Copy-paste style improvements
  • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
  • Improved Instant Alpha image more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.9 or later





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Apple Pages User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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ylluminate reviewed on 03 Apr 2014
Very much still upset with some various aspects, but most particularly multi selection is still not implemented. It is terrible that we cannot command-select multiple items in documents as we were once able to.
[Version 5.2]


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Andy-Hewitt reviewed on 02 Apr 2014
Terrible version. Still has too many broken functions. I just opened the new updated version (5.2), and immediately find it still breaks linked text boxes, so the text doesn't flow anymore, object alignments don't work properly, and it doesn't look like we'll ever see superscripted number suffixes again, or side by side page viewing.

It's OK for many uses still, but breaks too many of the functions I use myself.
[Version 5.2]


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Whitebuck reviewed on 02 Apr 2014
I keep certain Folders for which I need the old search Bar layout and operation mode on a routine basis and the new search is thwart with inadequacy and difficulty of use. I am back to using Pages 09 - 4.1. Thanks to Super Duper Backup App. After installing 5.1 and discovering the functions that I required were mucked up by Apple. I re-installed 4.1 to find that Apple had deliberately broke the look up in Dictionary - Thesaurus option or sabotaged the option, obviously to force the acceptance and use of 5.1. This is the same tactic they employed when trying to force people to upgrade to Mavericks. They broke the Growl and other third party interface functions in Apple Mail and other Apps, under the guise of a Security updates. Following that underhanded tactic, I switched to Thunderbird and never looked back. Now it appears they are once more forcing me to search for an alternative Application. The new Apple Software and Hardware protocol "Business Plan" is extremely maligned. "Free" does not compensate for such selfish and inconsiderate dirty deeds!
[Version 5.2]

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Whitebuck replied on 02 Apr 2014
Correction, "This is the same tactic they employed when trying to force people to upgrade to Mavericks." It was not Mavericks, but Lion or Mountain Lion, I don't recall which.
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Amaloney replied on 03 Apr 2014
I suggest that you use LibreOffice http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/libreoffice/

Al Maloney
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Esekel commented on 02 Apr 2014
How does the new Pages 5.2 compare to the old Pages 4.3.? I have a load of the old Pages documents that use special features that were not carried over to Pages 5.0. Is 5.2 catching up to deal with this?
[Version 5.2]

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Nontroppo replied on 02 Apr 2014
Can't you install 5.2 and test it out? I assumed the upgrade is free and you can have both installed on your machine (just be careful with auto-save of old documents!!!)
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Esekel replied on 02 Apr 2014
I guess I am too lazy and I worry that downloading the 5.2 will mess up things. Besides I am very happy with Pages 4.3
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Kunta-Kinte replied on 02 Apr 2014
I find that new versions break my old documents... so I still have 4.3 on my machine...
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Zero_out reviewed on 11 Mar 2014
Where ever is the convert tool from 09 (4.1) TO 5.1?!!

I have a Documents folder full of files that 5.1 cannot open. I thought it was other things in my system that were screwing me over, but it was Apple.

Very, very disappointed, frustrated, angered, ARGHHH! What a loss of productivity I have ahead of me.
[Version 5.1]

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Rubaiyat replied on 22 Mar 2014
Sounds like they are actually Pages '08 files, which you will need to export from Pages '08 as Word .doc/x.

Pages '08 if you have it should be in your Applications/iWork folder in Mavericks.

This is not the place to get support for Apple software. Use their forums.
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Rubaiyat reviewed on 06 Feb 2014
The on-going disaster that is the new iWork software includes incompatibility between files produced in Pages 5.1 and Pages 5.

Unbelievable!

I am having a very good look at Scribus and LibreOffice.
[Version 5.1]

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larrymcj replied on 06 Feb 2014
@Rubalyat: I write a lot of KB support articles that require only a few paragraphs of text and one or two screenshots. Pages is PERFECT for that. Why would I want something else if I don't need it? As I said, for the power users I understand what Apple did with the iWorks latest version is unacceptable, but for others, like me, it's just fine!
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Rubaiyat replied on 08 Feb 2014
You can do that in TextEdit! Go use TextEdit.

There will ALWAYS be someone who does even LESS then you, hardly a reason to trash a good program that many do use.

This is the sad response from too many Mac users. "I never used it…"
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larrymcj replied on 08 Feb 2014
No, Rubaiyat...you can NOT do what I do in Text Edit. If you'll listen to what I'm saying I'm "with" you...not "against" you regarding Pages. I FULLY understand that Apple needs to fix iWorks and make it what it was.

But here's a simple fact: be it with Apple with anything else similar. The bottom line and success of Apple are much more important to them than your happiness with a product.
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Rubaiyat replied on 08 Feb 2014
I bet you can do it in TextEdit, what makes you think you can't?

I can deal with Apple's selfishness. It just gets away with everything because its customers keep making excuses for it.

It is of no interest to anyone other than yourself, how LITTLE you use Pages.

No application should be based on what the users DON'T do with it.
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larrymcj commented on 30 Jan 2014
OK, a lot of whining here and berating of Pages, but no viable recommendations that I can see. Everything that is an alternative to Pages (here in MU) also get bad reviews. So, all I can determine is that the vocal few in MU don't have a Word Processor or office suite they like. Does that mean one doesn't exist?

Actually, the biggest problem for me is the way iCloud handles all iWorks apps and makes me create a duplicate folder for each project name I have in each iWorks app. If iWorks was more like Dropbox things would be better, but Apple, in all their wisdom, thinks the file/folder concept should go away. Alas, they've been thinking that way about this subject since 1984...I remember when it began.
[Version 5.1]

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rk9577 replied on 30 Jan 2014
Pages 09 (ver 4.3) was a superior product: not perfect, but superior. Pages 5.0-5.1 is a crippled shell in comparison: slow, buggy, lacking many rudimentary features from mail-merge to bookmarks, to Applescript support to the ability to have alternating l;eft/right margins & alternating left/right headers and footers. Just for starters. Pages 5.1 is clearly not ready for Prime Time--not even for amateur hour.
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larrymcj replied on 30 Jan 2014
I don't disagree...but I also don't see any other options. I'm over MS Office for Mac and I don't care for the open source alternatives. So far, since Apple first removed the features in iWorks apps for the sake of iOS they've said they would put them back...and they have a good start. So, I'm going to keep plugging along with iWorks and hope they live up to their promise. If not, maybe by then Office for Mac 2014 will be out.
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rk9577 replied on 31 Jan 2014
They've put back a tiny handful of more than 100 missing features. Nor have they promised to do more than that. I expect a few more features to return: default zoom, e.g. But I'll know Apple is rious when (or, rather, if) mail merge, robust Applescript support, bookmarks, viewing/printing comments, and support for alternate left/right page formatting return. Those are basic features. All were in Pages 4.3. None is present in 5.1.
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larrymcj replied on 31 Jan 2014
I realize you're probably a power user of iWork apps and truly need the missing features. But I just did a search for "Apple promises to put back features" and it turned up a boatload of articles where Apple quoted to bring back "most" of the missing features over the next six months (and that was in November). Things like Applescript were specifically mentioned. I'm still betting it eventually will be a lot better than it is now.
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rk9577 replied on 31 Jan 2014
I think if you'll look that Applescript was mentioned for Numbers (where it has been restored) but not Pages. Of course, they *might* do so, and I hope they do. Am not holding my breath though.
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larrymcj replied on 31 Jan 2014
I went back and looked...and you're correct. But again, even though Apple is very headstrong in what they do, it's hard to believe they aren't listening to the hue and cry of current iWorks users. But, then again it's all about money, and they had to do what they did in order to make the iOS version what it is...and free...so as to keep ahead of Microsoft.

I know Pages isn't adequate for you and others..but for the casual user, and even intermediate user like me who does a lot of writing but without the need for Applescript, I find it perfectly OK. I hope they fix things in the near future for the power users.
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Rubaiyat replied on 06 Feb 2014
If you are only a casual user, just doing a lot of writing, why are you using Pages?

And how is it all right to make Pages just another inferior WP with bait of, mostly unusable, DTP thrown in.
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rk9577 reviewed on 26 Jan 2014
Pages 5.1 is a major disappointment. There are still more than 90 features that were present in Pages 4.3 that are missing from this version. The fact that one cannot set the default zoom, or see at a glance how many pages there are in the current document, or set book marks, or see and print comments is ridiculous, as is the near total lack of Applescript support and the removal of mail merge, etc. etc. This is a crippled program, a disaster.
[Version 5.1]


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4two4 commented on 25 Jan 2014
I was so looking forward to Apple sorting out Pages, but this release seems to have been let out the door without adequately addressing the core reasons identified by many users as a retrograde 5.0 release. Just in case there are those reading this review that did not use the iWork Pages 4.3 release, the key features need to be put back in to make it usable for anything serious. It's not to say that there are some very good features in release 5, but what on earth made the developers regress!! What was the reasoning behind Apples decision to revise the iWork suite? If it was as they say to ensure compatibility with the IOS release, then that can't be true as so many feature are missing between the IOS & OSX apps that it can't be a true. One glaring bug still remains, is if you make say 24+ objects group them together then attempt to scale the group, the app becomes unusable. Friday afternoon development at best. Sorry Apple, '0' stars from me on this inadequate release.
[Version 5.1]

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RavenNevermore replied on 25 Jan 2014
They said the reason is that they decided to rewrite it from the ground up so they can use the same version for OS X and iOS.

Just as they did with iTunes, they released the software with features missing, and intend on adding them to future updates.

I'm not sure why Apple is doing things this way now, but it seems to be more and more common.
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Craigsee replied on 26 Jan 2014
I can only guess they're doing this for similar thinking used when they went from FCP7 to FCPX. I suspect they're taking iWorks in a direction that the old code base simply didn't allow for. We can't yet see it though.
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Rubaiyat replied on 06 Feb 2014
Yeah… and who wants to open their old work anyway!
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Eric-Woehler reviewed on 25 Jan 2014
I am still using iWork '09 - previous versions are so much better than current 'improvements'.
5 stars for iWork 09, ZERO stars for Pages/Numbers/Keynote 5.
[Version 5.1]


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Pfackelmann had trouble on 27 Dec 2013
The App Store updates show a discrepancy:

App Version File info
------- ------- ---------
Keynote 6.0.1 5.0.3
Numbers 3.0.1 2.0.3
Pages 5.0.1 4.3

Couldn't send a simple message.
Phone support asked many silly questions then told me I have to pay 49 Euros to get an answer.
Ridiculous.
[Version 5.0.1]


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Rubaiyat had trouble on 19 Aug 2013
The correct link for the updater is:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1563
[Version 4.3]


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donnapri had trouble on 13 Jan 2007
When I use the temples either Mac or I have created in 2.0.2 pretty soon a extra bar appears beside my working-space paper. Its grey, like the space "under" my "paper." I can't move to document to occupy it, its just there taking up screen space and bumping out the styles drawer on that side. Worse, when I print (to paper or pdf), this gray area is considered paper, my entire document *shrinks* to allow an extra 1-1.5 inches on the right margin! It keeps my document proportionally correct, so adds additional margin on top. This shrunken image is not the page I laid out!

I can't find a way to make the side bar go -- its not on the paper, Pages has no tools to access the spaced under the "paper." This kills the usefulness of any template.

Does anyone know how to fix this?
[Version 2.0.2]

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CarsonAg01 commented on 16 Feb 2008
donnapri, to fix your problem, choose from the Main Menu: View > Hide Comments.

The problem you're encountering is that the comments are showing. When they are showing and you attempt to print or create a pdf, the comments are included. To disable this feature, you just have to hide comments.

I had the same problem you had, and I had to troubleshoot a bit to figure out what was going on.

Eat_A_Peach rated on 18 Apr 2014

[Version 5.2]



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Lancetx70 rated on 04 Apr 2014

[Version 5.2]



Hate_Mac_Update_Privacy_Policy rated on 20 Feb 2014

[Version 5.1]



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4two4 rated on 28 Jan 2014

[Version 5.1]



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Blloyd rated on 25 Jan 2014

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Jhs rated on 25 Jan 2014

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Christian Bauer rated on 24 Jan 2014

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Tomjwright rated on 24 Jan 2014

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piquadratpi2 rated on 24 Jan 2014

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Surfspirit rated on 24 Nov 2013

[Version 5.0.1]


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Version Downloads:232
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Commercial
Date:02 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.99
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