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, whether you are making fractions, using a special character, or looking for a nice ornament.
- Avoid dialog boxes or inspectors that cover up your work.
- Categorize your fonts for you, so you don't have to scroll through a long list every time you select a font.
- Never force you to choose from a bewildering array of small icons.
- Let you open documents as separate windows, or as tabs in the same window.
- And above all, care about what you create and guide you toward making beautiful, typographically correct documents.
Pagehand is for people who want to produce attractive documents, rather than the same old ugly stuff we've seen for years. People who want to unlock the typographic capabilities of their fonts. People who make the layout and fonts just right and want that same precise appearance to be viewed by others.
Pagehand is also for people who are tired of fighting the interface of their word processor and just want to get on with their work.