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Old Dec 29, 2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Pages or Word

I use a macbook pro and do light word processing ( resumes, cover letters, etc..) which one should I use. If I use pages I can still send my documents as word documents right? I'm already using numbers over excel and it just seems so much more user friendly, especially if your doing more basic tasks (budgeting, weight loss, etc...)
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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The only reason I would use Word is if it's vital to have absolute compatibility with others using Word, like in a business setting. Otherwise, I see no reason to use Word.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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I use a macbook pro...

You need to ask yourself if you will be exchanging documents with anyone? If the answer is yes, then you might consider Office for the Mac. Out of your list, you mentioned resumes. If you are sending resumes and they need to be in Word format, that might cause trouble. I know, Pages can save in Word format but depending on what you are doing, it is not always 100%.

Numbers is nice but it too is not Excel and does not support many features in Excel.

If you aren't exchanging data with someone on Windows, you should be fine.


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Old Dec 30, 2012, 12:00 AM   #4
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I've been using Pages since I switched to Mac and I don't see myself ever going back. I've noticed Pages' .doc saves have been getting better over the past couple years and I rarely have any issues anymore.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 12:04 AM   #5
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I'm sorry this is going to hurt some big apple fans lol.
I tried pages and imo I could't pass the iWorks UI after using office for years thats what I like and know I ordered office for mac from bb still no word on when that order will get here but I think you may be better off with Office over pages.
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Microsoft Office is the GOLD standard!
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Agreeing with everyone else here. Based on your usage, it seems like you'll be sending quite a few of these documents to others. If that's the case, then you'll definitely want office for mac. This is due to the fact that even though pages and numbers can save in the same file format, the files themselves may be read a little differently across software packages. Since almost everyone uses office (based on a majority of windows users and mac users I know) I would recommend office.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 12:55 AM   #8
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As a former Windows user I could not get used to Pages.

Word on Mac is not as good as the Windows version, but still more "comfortable" than Pages for sure. You won't need to relearn everything, if that's your case.

Also, it's the standard that everyone uses.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 06:14 AM   #9
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I am using office as I picked it up cheap under the home use programme. I do use keynote as it syncs with my ipad more readily though.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:56 AM   #10
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I have both. I really like Pages, but I always use Word if I need to exchange docs with people who work in Windows environments, so I don't need to worry about formatting issues.
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Office. Pages is a joke.
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Another vote for Pages with OpenOffice as a (free) fallback. I've been using Pages since version 1.0 and have rarely needed the fallback. I have never understood the logic of using software just because most other people do. By that reasoning we should not using a Mac either.

Pages will be a bit of a learning curve for Word veterans, but well worth the effort. Once you get good at templates and styles you will wonder why you ever tried to wrestle with big and clumsy Word.

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I wrote and published a hardcover book using nothing but Pages. So I guess that's hilarious.
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I wrote and published a hardcover book using nothing but Pages. So I guess that's hilarious.
And I can make websites using nothing but Notepad and Paint in Windows 95. It doesn't mean I'd want to though.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 07:38 PM   #14
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And I can make websites using nothing but Notepad and Paint in Windows 95. It doesn't mean I'd want to though.
What a silly response, which only reveals how little you know about an app you dismiss without any rationale or justification whatsoever.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:02 PM   #15
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I have used windows for many years, I am certified in all Office products and recently change to Mac.
I must say that I prefer pages.
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 02:24 AM   #16
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Word is not worth the effort any more...

Consider a wordprocessing program that..
  • enables textflow from box to box like QuarkXpress
  • has outlining for structuring your thought
  • where paragraph styles are modified in a snap, and NEVER changes randomly
  • where TOC is a snap, and always correct
  • you have a complete drawing module that gives you graphics that print and are viewed correctly
  • adds hyperlinks and bookmarks painlessly
  • create simple tables that looks great and are easy to edit and don't change randomly

I always wanted ALL these features in Word (outlining is fantastic in Word, my last argument for using Word..). But Word fails on almost all points.

Pages don't. The best document processor since the Mac. So simple, so powerful. Windows users are just astonished when they watch me work in this application.
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 07:32 AM   #17
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Unless I need Word, I prefer to use Pages, which has Autosave+Versions. But Word is generally more powerful and easier/more intuitive to use, too bad it's not very up-to-date with OSX features. I HATE being asked to save, relying on old-fashioned autorecovery save, and the ribbon is kitsch too.

What about Latex markup engine? Is it better than Word once you learn it (assuming one doesn't need to read DOCX files)?

I can't recommend Libre- or OpenOffice Writer if you want to open Word files. They're worse than Preview and Pages at reading DOC files.
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