Pagehand
Pagehand 1.0.8.1
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Easy to use word processor.   Demo ($39.95)
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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
What's New
Version 1.0.8.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Yavari reviewed on 14 Jan 2012
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.
[Version 1.0.8.1]

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Steven Goodheart replied on 09 Dec 2012
FYI:

Pagehand is now Pagesmith:

http://fortunatebear.com/products/pagesmith/

Good luck!
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ChristopherPrice commented on 24 Oct 2010
I really like the looks of Pagehand, but the fact that it hasn't been updated for 8 months concerns me.
[Version 1.0.8.1]


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Hamdi reviewed on 19 Jan 2010
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.
[Version 1.0.8]


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Maclover1.1 commented on 12 Dec 2009
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...
[Version 1.0.7]


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DarylF2 commented on 04 Aug 2009
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?
[Version 1.0.4]


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frankns commented on 27 Jul 2009
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.
[Version 1.0.4]

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tim27 replied on 27 Jul 2009
It's PDF, you can share it with anyone that has Adobe Reader.
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frankns replied on 28 Jul 2009
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.
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Krioni replied on 08 Aug 2009
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.
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tim27 replied on 09 Aug 2009
Also, if the PDF is enabled for editing anyone can edit it using Adobe Reader. I do it all the time with clients.
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Krioni replied on 09 Aug 2009
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.
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Jfm reviewed on 27 Jul 2009
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.
[Version 1.0.4]


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Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Demo
Date:15 Feb 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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, 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.


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