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Create gorgeous documents in minutes with the all-new Pages for Mac word processor — featuring a stunning new design, new writing tools, and improved performance. Start with an Apple-designed template or create your own design using fonts, styles, and tools from the intelligent Format Panel. Easily add images, movies, charts, and more. And use change tracking, comments, and highlights to review your work.
With iCloud, your documents are kept up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a document using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly with Pages for iCloud beta from www.icloud.com using a Mac or PC browser. And with a new unified file format across Mac, iOS, and web, your documents are consistently beautiful everywhere you open them.
Whatever you write, Pages puts powerful tools at your fingertips. So you can create great-looking, media-rich documents in minutes.
Get started quickly
• Choose from over 60 Apple-designed templates to instantly create beautiful reports, resumes, cards, and posters
• Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
• The new Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
• Import and edit Microsoft Word documents and plain text files
• Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help
Create beautiful documents
• Format your document with gorgeous styles, fonts, and textures
• Easily update and reorder styles using the new Format Panel
• Use auto-text wrap to flow text around images
• Create and view impressive 2D, 3D, and interactive charts
• Insert iLife photos, music, and video with the Media Browser
• Use powerful graphics tools including Instant Alpha and masking
• Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
• Edit down to the pixel with the ruler, alignment guides, and powerful graphics tools
• A new unified file format on Mac, iOS, and the web makes documents work seamlessly across platforms
Advanced writing tools
• Turn on change tracking to mark up a document as you edit it
• Use comments and highlights to share ideas and feedback with others
• Show and hide change tracking and comments on mouse-over
• Create footnotes and endnotes and view word counts with character, paragraph, and page counts
• Automatic list making and spell checking
• Seamless integration with MathType* and EndNote* for inserting equations and citations
• Advanced typography features including smart quotes and ligatures
• Easy setup for headers, footers, and document body
• Turn on iCloud so your documents are automatically available on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and iCloud.com
• Access and edit your documents from a Mac or PC browser at www.icloud.com with Pages for iCloud beta
• Pages automatically saves your documents as you make changes
Share your work
• Use AirDrop to send your document to anyone nearby
• Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
• Anyone with the shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the document and can edit it with you at iCloud.com
• Export your document in ePub, Microsoft Word, and PDF format
• Print wirelessly with AirPrint, including page range selection, number of copies, and two-sided printing
* MathType and EndNote both sold separately. EndNote integration requires plug-in available from Pages support link.
Some features may require Internet access; additional fees and terms may apply.
Pages does not include support for some Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (CJK) text input features such as vertical text.
Pages for iCloud beta is currently available in English only.
What's New in Version 5.2
• New "view only" setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
• Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
• Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
• Copy-paste style improvements
• Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
• Improved Instant Alpha image editing
• Media Browser improvements, including search
• Improved AppleScript support
• New Arabic and Hebrew templates
• Improved support for bi-directional text
• Word count for Hebrew
• Create custom data formats
• Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
• Show rulers as a percentage of document size
• Improved text box behaviour
• Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
• Improved ePub export
• Usability improvements
Great for almost everything
I get told all the time by folks that if you want to be serious about documents, you have to use Microsoft Word. Typically, the (very serious) folks who tell me this have not been published. As someone who regularly uses Pages on Mac, iPad, and even iPhone to write and prepare scientific papers for publication, it is fine. I have had no problem exporting documents as either .doc or .docx for final versions of manuscripts to be published in journals like PLoS One. I can quickly import images from ArcGIS or R to add figure captions. Table creation is a breeze. Pages is a great tool, and document syncing makes my life a lot easier. I can jot down some new ideas and paragraphs on my iPad while on a plane, and then continue with a manuscript from my Mac at an office or at home.
In short, if your primary needs for a word editor are a place to write and format text, or to add comments or track changes, Pages is fine. About the only limitation I’ve found is the Table of Contents (speficially, having multiples of these). But that is honestly the only setback I have had in the past 4 years of using Pages to prepare manuscripts for publication.
Apple fails miserably — yet again!
It’s like a broken record or recurring nightmare with this new Pages and 5.2 is still a child’s toy. There is still no support for OpenType font features that Pages 4.x has and now to top it off, Pages 5.2 seems to have broken fonts! One of my most used — and expensive — fonts, “Mercury" from Hoefler & Co. has had its character mapping completely screwed by 5.2; attempting to type an apostrophe or quotation mark results in an accented capital “O,” but — you guessed it — the font works just fine in Pages 4.x & MS Word and the OpenType features are still accessible there. Why can’t Apple get it right?
Also, look elsewhere if you were hoping for a return of Mail Merge and tread lightly if you use tables because they still aren’t fixed. With only 1 month left on their self-imposed 6 month time table to “restore missing features” I’m starting to think we’ve kissed some of these essential features goodbye forever as Apple doesn’t seem to care to ever replace them.
The bottom line is, if you're a soccer mom/dad who just wants to bang out a roster for your kid’s team or keep track of who signed up for a bake sale, then Pages 5.2 will work just great for you. If you’re someone who actually wants/needs to use a word processor to its full capabilities for professional, business or academic use, Pages 4.x or MS Word is what you should stick with for now (and probably after the next SEVERAL “updates” at this pace …)
Don't install this software if you need to have your iwork 2009 formats preserved. The first document I opened with this software was simple in its formatting so I didn't notice. On the second document I attempted to work on, I found that iwork 5.1 had mangled my header image, forcing it into the background and written the header text right on top of it. More format mangling followed in the rest of the document. One thing I did notice was how many fewer options there are in the formatting sidebar. Apparently Apple thinks people only change the font, italicize, etc. and the wonderful inspector of iwork 2009 is gone. Instead we get this hog of a formatting sidebar that takes up 5x the screen space and has 1/5 of the functionality. What a terrible piece of software!
*update* The above was written with 5.1. I put 5.2 on to see if anything improved. I couldn't find any evidence that Apple has fixed any of my issues with backards compatibility. Layout breaks: gone. Images in headers: gone. So much broken, all of my wonderfully-formatted documents have been mangled... what I'm really upset about is that I wasted so much time making things in Pages, given that Apple was just going to break compatibility because they felt that iOS was more important. I should have just stuck with Word since at least MS recognizes the value of backwards compatibility.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Apr 01, 2014
- Version: 5.2
- Size: 298 MB
- Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Seller: Apple Inc.
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later