Barry Rabin
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Bad-Dog reviewed on 05 Nov 2013
I am a loyal Apple customer since 1986 and a long-time Pages user. I was grateful with Pages 4 to finally leave Word behind and found no need to turn to InDesign except for the most demanding layout work. Apple was the originator of desktop publishing, but with Pages 5, I'm very disappointed.

I can understand the benefits of better compatibility with iOS and iCloud, and that a complete code re-write was necessary to achieve this, but the loss of so much core functionality has rendered this formerly great program essentially useless to me for professional work. I will continue to use Pages 4.3 for now (thanks Apple, at least, for not removing my existing installation), but that's assumed to soon be a dead end.

I can get used to a new UI, though I prefer the efficiency and space savings of the old floating pallet. More importantly, here are specific features that were present in Pages 4.3 that I used routinely that I need to see restored for Pages 5 to be viable again for serious desktop publishing work:
* non-contiguous selection
* linked text boxes to allow reflow of text in page layouts
* ability to select and manipulate layout pages from thumbnails
* customizable toolbar
* mail merge
* style drawer
* support for internal links and bookmarks
* paste and match style
* facing page layout, view 2-page spreads
* support for RTF file format
* comments viewable all together in sidebar
* vertical ruler
* layout indicators and positionable alignment guides
* quick access to advanced type controls
* text-to-table
* ability to place objects in headers, footers and tables
* advanced search and replace

So, here's to hoping that Apple comes through by quickly restoring this lost functionality. I wish Apple would communicate with customers about the Pages 5 roadmap and a state a commitment to professional desktop users so we can plan accordingly.
[Version 5.0]


Bad-Dog reviewed on 11 Jul 2012
I've used this extremely convenient program for about 4 years now. It works exactly as advertised and is very easy to use and stable. In my case, I pay for web hosting so I don't need the new Dropbox support, but I suppose it's a nice option to have. It was a little tricky getting it set up the first time for sending files to my web hosted ftp server, but it has never failed me since. My only complaint is that I really really miss the short URL feature that was removed a couple versions back due to the developer's inability to keep up with undocumented changes with the snipr service. There are other url shortening options out there and I've asked the developer to restore this greatly missed feature, but so far this has not happened. I'll give it 5 stars as soon as that feature is restored.
[Version 4.5.1]


Bad-Dog reviewed on 13 Feb 2011
I've been using this for 2 weeks now and love it. Thanks to the developer for making this a free app. It works exactly as stated. The developer seems to be very responsive, actively fixing bugs and adding new features. I'm looking forward to further improvements.
[Version 0.7.2]

Bad-Dog commented on 03 Feb 2011
I've been a loyal and satisfied user of this software since the StickyBrain days and have always found it extremely useful, well designed and packed with features. As others have pointed out, tech support leaves something to be desired, but I've eventually gotten answers to my questions using the dev's website. I have paid for every upgrade, which has gotten quite expensive in the last couple of years. Largely as a result of the cost, but also since multi-user support was removed, I've been looking for alternatives. Until now, I haven't really felt the need to switch or found a compelling reason to do so after looking at competing options. However, I really think in this day and age, this type of program needs a functional and robust cloud syncing capability, beyond iPhone access via the NoteLife app. I do not have nor want to pay for a MobileMe account, which is the only sync option supported, and the developer's have not indicated any intent to address this, e.g. via DropBox compatibility, so I think now I may finally take my $ elsewhere.
[Version 9.0.1]

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