Pages Word Compatibility

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by iamnotagoldfish, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. iamnotagoldfish macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2005
    I am interested in purchasing the iWork suite, in particular for Pages, however I have a query and would be very grateful if anybody could provide assistance. I know Pages supports the import and export of Word documents but am curious as to how well implemented this function is? Exporting accurate, error free word documents which may be viewed in perfect working order by users of Office for Mac and Windows would be a necessity and I'd like to know how well Pages does this job?

    Thank you for your time.
  2. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I'm not a user of Office (only when I have to be) but so far I've been very impressed with Word export/import. It also does a killer job making HTML files, I don't know why people complain. :confused:
  3. Verto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2005
    Denton, TX
    My exports appear fine, but I have not tried exporting anything containing heavy formatting, images, etc, just standard multi-page essays with minimal frills.
  4. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    I've recently done a short paper with embedded pics (~8 pages) in Pages and then exported it to word, as that's what the agency wanted and of course I couldn't embed the pics worth a damn in Word. Anyways the converted file appeared okay in Word (using Office X), though the text didn't line up exactly the same as in the Pages document. Didn't work on it after that though, but my gut reaction is it works okay but you don't get an exact word copy as the Pages file, only close, but close is a hundred times better than trying to get Word to behave while doing picture formating and embedding.
  5. switchr92 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2005

    I bought iWork '05 instead of Office X, and it can't compare. Word is just an easier, more powerful word processor to use. I prefer keynote to powerpoint, but not by much. I would definetely rate word higher than pages, and office higher than iwork. Powerpoint is definetely usable, but use mail+address book+iCal instead of entourage (way better).

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