Step 1 of 7: Intro
While there are numerous programs that will allow you to build fancy-looking documents, both from scratch and by using templates, few can match Pages for sheer flexibility. This powerful app enables you to format documents in sophisticated ways only normally seen in complex graphic design programs. Even using it as a basic word processor will allow you to transform conventional letters and flyers into documents that pop. Central to this is the way that the touchscreen functionality offers up precision editing of page elements with screen taps.
In the case of something like a newsletter, it’s both quick and easy to add content to a blank page and then turn it into a stylish work of art that will grab attention. Making your content match and thereby ensure consistency is another area of designing documents that needs plenty of care and attention. Thankfully, though, Pages does much of the editing hard work for you. Producing text that’s perfectly formatted with streamlined headings, body text and captions can all be controlled from the Styles pane in the toolbar. And, with these preformatting tools stored inside the menu system, you can add the same flourishes to every element on your page.
Pages can work with text from most sources, so if you have another document with a dated design but useful words, simply select and copy it. This is then added to the memory of the iPad and can be pasted into a pre-formatted area on your page.
Time required: 30 mins
What you need:
iOS 5.1 or later