Pages full review
It’s not all plain sailing though, the apps on the Mac tend to be more lightweight than the Microsoft alternatives. Pages, for example, does not feature the comprehensive Bibliography functionality of Microsoft Word, so academics tend to avoid it.
Here at Macworld we’ve started using Pages more often, particularly to test out website ideas and to produce documents for our sales and marketing teams (who want to look their best when doing presentations).
Sharing documents between an iPad and a Mac is an absolute breeze. There are several options available to you, not least of which is the new File Sharing function found in iTunes. This appears below the Apps window in the iTunes device and lists apps that can transfer documents between an iPad and a Mac. Highlight Pages and click the Add button to add a file to the iPad, and Save To... to take a file in the other direction. The great news is that this File Sharing function is open to non-Apple apps, and can be used to get files to and from any App that supports the feature. The days of WiFi file sharing are over.
Alternatives to File Sharing include sending documents directly via email and sharing them using Apple’s iWork.com website (still in beta, but we’re making good use of it).
Apps you share with Pages appear in the My Documents part of the App. Documents are large and flick you flick left and right through them. There doesn’t appear to be any form of folder structure, so we’re not sure how cluttered it’ll become if you use it often.
As well as its native format, Pages supports Microsoft Word documents, Open Office XML and Office 97 and it can export to Pages, Word 97, and PDF. One final note about the power of this app is. We opened up a large document with 17,095 words and 26 images (both in Word and Pages formats) and could scroll through and edit with ease. So it seems that whatever the limit of the iPad processor, it doesn’t impact on its ability to handle large office documents.