Pages > Word ?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by djejrejk, Jun 23, 2007.


What do you think of Pages?

  1. I love Pages and use it as my main word processor

    18 vote(s)
  2. I use it because I don't want to spend more money on Word

    0 vote(s)
  3. I use it occasionally

    10 vote(s)
  4. I hate pages.. ugh

    4 vote(s)
  1. djejrejk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    What does everyone think of Pages? I have always used M. Word, but I have been using pages for the last few months and I love it. It is particularly good at creating business letters. What do you think?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    they each have their pros and cons. pages is great at what it does, but its not a 'pure' word processing app. which is what i need, and word works better for my heavily formatted stuff.
  3. djejrejk thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    I agree, Im not sure if I would use Pages to edit and format my thesis.
  4. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    I can't use Pages for Word processing on my powerbook. There's a delay between what I type and when it appears on the screen, and I can't handle that.

    But I still love the app. It's not really a word processor. It's more like a stripped down Adobe InDesign. It's great for making brochures/fliers, etc. But for straight word processing, I stick to Word (or textedit for light stuff)
  5. irbdavid macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2006
    I'm not sure I'd use Word to edit and format a thesis. How would you even go about that in word anyway - I've never found a good way to split something across multiple .doc files sensibly?

    LaTeX all the way...
  6. grafikat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2003
    I'd recommend neo office for any word processing program.
  7. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    LaTeX is great, but it isn't entirely straightforward either. Something about having to debug my *.tex files that just kills me sometimes. Word isn't too bad for documents that are <~200 pages and are not graphically intense. You can create master documents wherein each chapter is a seperate file. This works well, but you have to know what you are doing and are better off learning on a sample document before embarking upon thesis writing.

    The formating of LaTeX is fantastic, but there are some learning hurdles to overcome. It is still closer to a coding language and can interrupt (at least me) with the actualy writing process. If your thesis is math intensive the you can do well with LaTeX, but Word still hobbles along just fine.

    Not trying to hijack the thread to I'll try to get on topic for the OP.

    I don't find pages to be useful for word processing. It is nice for very simple page layout, but not for proper word processing. Too many missing features. Keynote on the other hand far exceeds crappy PowerPoint.
  8. HungrySeacow macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    West Palm Beach
    Pages is great! I no longer have Word installed on my machine.
  9. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Remember that Word is not yet universal, so runs much slower on intel machines.

    I use mainly Pages, and once in a while, NeoOffice...
  10. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    I use Pages and love it. I'm a college student who writes papers. I don't require anything too fancy. I want something that loads fast, but above all, it must be stable as a rock. In my experience, Pages is both fast and stable as a rock (it's the most stable word processor I've used).
  11. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Word has simple, straightforward and efficient footnoting and endnoting features, good support for tracking changes, and I like to autosave/autobackups. Pages is nice for making things look nice, but seems to lack some of the things that I need for research papers.
  12. kakkoiimac macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2006
    I wouldnt say Pages is more stable than Word...infact i would say pages is a little buggy. I really like the format, so I use it, but save every couple of minutes.
  13. djejrejk thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    NeoOffice is too slow for me... I get very annoyed waiting for it to load. I typed a huge research project on it last semester and when I exported the file and opened it in word, my paper was screwed. That was the last time I opened NeoOffice.

    I will check out LaTEX.. I agree about keynote.

    For me, Word Opens faster than NeoOffice despite the Rosetta handicap. The big plus for pages is that it opens very quickly and the UI is very nice.
  14. Ish macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    Prefer Pages to Word any day, though I don't use it as much now because of what I do. Before I changed to Mac, though, I had to use Word for layout stuff. Put three boxes of graphics over one another and crash!! No problems like that in Pages.

    I find it great for word processing though I don't do long documents.

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