While Pages might be the ideal answer for your word processing and design requirements, another area where it proves invaluable is when completed work needs to be shared or printed.
Crucially, it works seamlessly with iCloud, which means you can keep all your documents up to date, even if you use a variety of devices. It’s also possible to acquire and import files from the internet, a WebDAV service, a Mac or PC, or just your Mail application in seconds.
When you’re done with the creative process, you’ll then be able to export completed files as native Pages documents, or choose Word or PDF formats, all of which can be whisked off via email. At the same time, if you want traditional printed copies of your work, Pages offers the capacity for printing wirelessly using AirPrint. This powerful option allows you to select a page range selection and the number of copies that need to be printed, along with any specific needs such as double-sided printing. Alternatively, simply copy completed documents to a WebDAV service or another one of your devices with the convenience of iTunes file sharing.
Device: iPhone or iPad
Time required: 20 mins
What you need:
Pages (£6.99, bit.ly/TmMuzT)
iOS 5.1 or later
01 You've got Mail
Selecting the email option for your document is one of the easiest ways to distribute it. You can also opt to send it as a native Pages file or in the popular Microsoft Word format. There’s also the handy alternative of a PDF, which can be read by just about any device on the market.
02 Printer Options
The iPad is also handy for sending content to compatible printers, and AirPrint allows you to do all of this without the fuss and faff of finding the right cables. Simply follow the basic steps under the Printer Options dialog box to get your files winging their way to a nearby printer.
03 Up in the clouds
Older versions of iOS will still give you the option to share files via iWork.com, but this has since been replaced by iCloud, which is a more efficient way of distributing and backing up your work. If you get a warning message, then prepare to upgrade your operating system.
04 Send it
Another option is to send your file to iTunes, again, by selecting a popular format such as Pages, PDF or Word. Tap on the format and then connect the iPad to a computer. You’ll need to select the tablet in iTunes and then click on the Apps tab in order to see your chosen document listed.
05 Outmoded options
You’ll also find that if you select the iDisk save option from the menu, you’ll get a similar discontinued dialog box appear. Fear not: iCloud will allow you to bypass this, and the Apple website has plenty of help for those who already have content hosted in an iDisk location.
06 Fit it in
If you’re going to be printing files, keep close tabs on the document setup option, which can be found under the main Tools menu. You can specify the shape and dimensions of everything from letters to posters. Just be sure to keep your work inside the parameters of the printer you’re planning to use.