Critical missing features that were in Pages 4.3 2/5
6.31 represents a significant step forward with (imprefectly impletmented) linked text boxes. But still missing from Page 4.3 are these critical features:
- No “facing pages,” i.e., ability to have left/right headers and footers. This makes books & booklets impossible
- 2-up view (ability to seeing two pages side by side for layout)
- No non-contiguous text selection
- ability to select columnar text
- No native mail merge (there is a cumbersome 3rd party app)
- CRIPPLED find/replace (for example, you can’t find/replace formatting.)
- You cannot print comments.
- clumsy implementation of word count. Instead of being able to see word/page count at a glance, ythere is a little bubble that obsciures some of your text that reports word count. You need to click to see page count.
- You cannot print selected text.
Intuitive and It Works! 5/5
By Watson 415
Pages is everything and more that you need for word processing and document creation / editing. Apple software is extremely usable and it doesn’t crash. Never, never waste you time and money on the crap-ware products produced by virus infected company Microsoft.
Pages on the Mac is great, but on the iPad not so much anymore 4/5
I used to use Pages all the time on my iPad but, recently the new UI is really aggravating me. I can’t find any of my recent documents, and the ones that it opens up I can’t even access anymore. It was changed to work with the new Files application but that only made the app harder to navigate. I wish Apple would just revert the app to the UI it had before, I enjoyed that one much better.
I only use it on the Mac now because it actually works on the Mac, and it works great. It used to work just as great on the iPad as well, but now I can’t even use it, which is sad because I enjoy Pages far better than Google Docs.
My verdict is that it’s a great document based software, it just only seems to work on the Mac now, and not currently the iPad.
Needs Facing Pages Feature 4/5
I use pages for all my writing, including three books on meditation. But the lack of facing pages makes me put the page numbers in the center of the pages.
It used to be so much better. 2/5
There was a time when this app could compete and out perform MS Word and I loved it.
Don’t get me wrong I am not a Microcrap fan at all. Word has all kinds of issues on the iMacs in our office, but one thing they removed from Pages that made it compete was the ability to mail merge.
Wish they would bring back the functionality of Pages from 2009
HATE THIS VERSION 1/5
By Leslie B Harris
I do graphic design and use advanced Typography for OpenType functions. This new version has not only eliminated the Typography box for fonts like Zapfino but it has also disabled purchased typefaces that I bought specifically BECAUSE they gave me many options for each letter style. It also disabled this in my ’08 Pages (which worked perfectly until I upgraded). BRING THIS FUNCTION BACK APPLE…. whoever made this decision deserves some very bad mojo …. A VERY DISAPPOINTED PROFESSIONAL. BTW I had to tell a client that I couldn’t design something for her because she wanted me to create something using the variations that Zapfino used to offer. So money lost, and a disappointed customer. So much for Apples claim to cater to designers. @*#&(@@##### (Swear words Apple)
Simple and powerful 5/5
So I lost my windows 2008 software and I needed something similar. I was reading forums on how to open MS Word on Macbook without an office software. Luckily one user recommended this app. I am able to read my old files from MS Word format through pages and create documents with this. Very simple to use created by Apple! Thank you! this is a lifesaver.
Autocorrect makes it unusable. 1/5
I used to use Pages over Microsoft Word, but something changed recently that makes the AutoCorrect extremely over-active and annoying. I can’t type a single sentence without it “correcting” words that I am still in the middle of typing to something else. The end result is the second half of the word I was trying to type tacked on to a shorter word that ends up making no sense. Usually I’m not even making spelling mistakes, AutoCorrect just does as it pleases. I’m uninstalling all of Apple’s Office equivalents and switching over, this is ridiculous.
Pages is ALMOST the perfect word processor 4/5
Pages is a very well-designed app and does almost everything from basic word processing to multipage layout & design.
However, it has several very irritating quirks that make it a pain the neck to use, including that extremely annoying lag time after you select text before you can move it. Also, when you save a file it automatically labels it ‘Untitled’ instead of labeling it with the first few words of the document. If you already have an ‘Untitled’ doc, it means you have to drop what you’re doing and go through the process of naming the file & deciding where it should go, etc. Again, EXTREMELY annoying if you’re working fast because it interrupts your workflow and train of thought.
Pages could take a page from the book of an extremely popular free wrod processor, BEAN, which no longer runs on OS X 10.13.2 High Sierra.
Pages Keeps Crashing 2/5
The app keeps crashing and I have to keep rebooting my computer. Everything on my computer is fine, except this app. Running MacOS High Sierra.
Frustrating bugs 2/5
Pages was my one reason for sticking with the Mac, but in this latest version, dragging an image into your doucment becomes an exercise in frustration. Trying to accurately place in image results in it bouncing all over the page. No matter how much I fiddle with the image settings, I cannot accurately place an image in my document. For productivity software, this is a non-starter.
Needs updating for POD books 3/5
I just downloaded Pages 6.3.1. Very surprised that it does not have mirrored pages, something that was included in Pages ’09. What? There were almost no self published books in ’09, today this is HUGE! Why drop it? Come on Apple, get with it. Add mirrored pages, Drop caps, embedding fonts and other functions self publishers would like. Speaking of fonts it could use some more, like all of the Lucida family.
TYPE LAG SO MUCH 1/5
Been using pages for many years and recently notice the lag in typing is getting really, really bad that I can’t even use it to type notes anymore. My computer is brand new and have no problem with typing in other safari/ notes. Someone please fix this!!!
stop taking it away from older programs!! 1/5
By NON SUPPORTIVE
it wants a update to work on mavericks!!!!!! but won’t update, apples updates are becoming a way to steal from consumers, ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!
MS Word and MS Publisher in One 5/5
I’ve used this to both type routine documents and create pretty high quality graphic design work for years.
Needlessly Obscure 3/5
By way of introduction, I should say that I've used Word, Pages, and what is now best known as Libre Office. None of them are perfect. If I had to rate them, however, I would put Libre Office first, then Pages, then Word. I have no love for Word, with its various bugs and counterinuitive commands, but it has the one virtue of not being obscure like Pages. Pages is, in one sense, quite easy to use: you can simply start typing. It's certainly the easiest and most reliable for inserting various objects, images and so forth. But I find it both maddeningly obscure (why help but no manual?) and impossible to suss out. What I mean by that is that you may well end up learing how to use Pages the hard way; that is, doing your work twice because you get to a certain point and then and only then you discover Pages "doesn't work that way." Absolutely, utterly avoidable, unless Apple thinks everyone should produce documents as Cupertino works. (Simple example: why isn't there a command to enter the file name as a field? Earlier versions had this but Apple removed it. Why?) I should say I tend to use Libre Office for most documents, as it is the most flexible for documents (writing, that is). It's also, unfortunately, the most buggy, but as it is open source I think that's a reasonable trade off. I'd much rather spend time figuring out how to use a collaborative project than spend even more time using a document generating program that you not only have to purchase but that forces you through hoops for no good reason. (Yea it's not an additional cost but it's built into the price of the computer you bought so it's not "free".)
the art of making word processor!!! 5/5
By ٰVahid Askarpour
revision of earlier review:
A combination of scrivener, endnote and pages made it possible for me ultimately to get rid of Microsoft word, microsoft windows or any other “hang”-osoft products. it is great! but some steps forward are still necessary; including odd-even pages. I don’t think adding such things be so hard for apple guys.
Apple is good in video or music softwares. but how about designing a regular word processor that just do what it supposed to be done properly.
Still not up to par with the 2009 version Apple trashed for iOS 2/5
i still find myself using Pages (and iWork) ’09, because of all the lost functionality (and obfuscated GUI) in these applications when Apple ported the feature-deprived iOS versions to the Mac (abandoning the original Mac versions). i could go into detail, but plenty of people have already done this and Apple has a tendency to delete my product reviews (and no, i’m not being abusive in my reviews), so why put effort into a review almost no one will care about (especially Apple)? i can’t even update to this current version because i’m still on El Capitan and Apple doesn’t think we should use older Mac OS versions or older Macs. Two OS versions behind? Too bad.
I am in love with this program. 5/5
I never even knew how to use word. We all got by with the nightmare that is microsoft for so long.
Within half an hour using this program I straight up made the most beautiful document. Oh my god.
I wish they allowed you to share pictures on here because wow.
And I’m an idiot! It makes me feel so capable. Hooray!
Why Is It So HARD! 3/5
Trying to use “Mail Merge” for envelopes and letters, however this version does not have the functionality! What version can I get to get this type of “professional” functionality?
Very nice, always liked it, but some features are now missing 4/5
By Dinner in flames!
Makes great looking documents, easily! Nice user interface. But one feature which is no longer there is the Mail Merge. I need it! Looks like I will be learning AppleScript, which I should know, I guess. But when I needed Mail Merge which I had come to depend on it being there & now found it removed, is the wrong time to start learning to code for a feature. I don’t understand why it is not there & all the Link options are now non-viable! I Mail Merge with Numbers being my data source. Really disappointed to find this missing! Sure don’t want to use MicroSoft products as a solution to my need!
Useless-Do Not Recommend 1/5
I find this app ridiculously hard to use. I use publisher at work and it is far superior to Pages. Why can’t anyone design a decent app similar to Publisher to use on a Mac?
I am so frustrated and the Help section is useless as well.
a fraction of a star 1/5
Extremely frustrating. I have v. 5.5.3 and cannot open any of it. I’ve tried “updating” it over a period of months, weeks, days, endless hours and all I get is the little ball rolling around and it doesn’t update. I actually like the older version much better. More user friendly. On another computer I’ve had Pages many times “Quiting unexpectedly”.
Auto Complete is a Mess 1/5
By STELLAR child
There must a been a new update or something because I never experienced this problem before, but now while your typing it will try to autocomplete the word while your still typing which is incredibly annoying. For example, while I’m typing the word “neccessarily” it will autocomplete the word to just “necessary” midtyping, so then I end up with the non-word, “necessaryily” which then I have to stop typing and fix the word that shouldn’t have been autocompleted in the first place.
It was better. 3/5
Not a big fan after one of the recent updates. It would be nice if the auto-correct didn’t change the word while I’m typing it. It didn’t used to do this before. I have to go back and re-type the word and make sure it doesn’t try to do it again. It’s annoying and makes typing a simple document harder than it should be.
iOS 11 + Mac os 11 scr*w*d me. 1/5
I just updated my phone to iOS 11, and now I can't use the documents in my icloud sync with my 10.11.6 + Pages 5.5.2 on my Mac... I'm so sick of this... I keep updating to keep compatibility with Apple, but they want you to be on the newest platforms or ELSE. When I try to open a document I was working on previously it now says you need the latest pages... for that I need Mac os 10.12... don't TAKE away my ability to talk to a document I'm working on. That's just RUDE!
What Happened? 3/5
I love Pages. It was working great! Then you did an update and now even when I select Landscape mode for printing, the words on the page don’t move to Landscape. The page changes but the words stay as Portrait and therefore are cut off. I use Landscape a lot and now it’s messed up. Please fix it.
No Mail Merge 2/5
By It should just work
It’s unacceptable that Apple eliminated Mail Merge functionality from Pages. Mail Merge is a core, essential feature of any product purporting to be a word processor. Integration with Contacts is a must. Work arounds, including third party Scripts and integration with Tables are cumbersome and the antithesis of why we even have computers. Sorry I have nothing positive to say on this matter.
No Mail Merge 1/5
Years ago, Apple removed the Mail Merge capability for no reason. HUGE omission, that has not been addressed.
I LOVE PAGES! 5/5
I love everything about pages, it is my go-to word processor!
P.S. Thanks for the quick developer response regarding auto-correct!
Possible Glitch. 3/5
By Chloe Howell96
I tried contacting pages support for this but I just keep getting taken to Apple Support. When I restart my computer or leave it off for a while then edit one of my Pages documents, the document temporaritly duplicates itself then disappears. It’s really not that big of an issue and it only does this when I either restart my Mac or turn it on after a long period of time. Please Pages, reply to this review and just tell me if this is normal or not. I just want to make sure nothing is seriously wrong with my computer or if this is a glitch, make you awawre of it. I’ve seen you reply to reviews before please just reply to this review with some reassurance that nothing is seriously wrong or at the very least provide me with a proper, contact email so I can figue this out. Thank you.
No Mail Merge 1/5
It’s ridiculous that in 2017 Pages STILL doesn’t have mail merge. This functionality has been available in Microsoft Word since the early 90’s. Lack of basic functionality like this is why nobody uses iWork in a professional environment.
So good that the missing features are truly heartbreaking 5/5
Pages is by far my preferred wordprocessor. In fact it produces such beautiful documents so easily that I would like to use it for serious typography. It even allows the use of OpenType features, including true small caps—something that Microsoft Word still doesn’t do. It works smoothly and gives great results, which compels me to rate it five stars.
That makes it all the more heartbreaking, however, that it is missing such key features, chief among them being facing pages, or mirrored margins. This is essential in serious typography. I have a number of projects that I would much rather do in Pages, but I can’t because this one feature is missing, and so I’m stuck using inferior software that I would certainly not rate five stars. Furthermore, this feature was present in earlier versions, before the mobile and desktop versions were combined. Please, Apple, consider bringing this feature back! It would make Pages my exclusive desktop publishing software.
Overall a great app, worth a five-star rating.
Getting better 5/5
Overall steady improvement, solid, and free! Why complain? Thank you Apple!
Bookmarks Are Back! Nearly Perfect! 4/5
UPDATED FOR 6.3.1: I’ve rated Pages 1 star ever since the release of the new Pages, and have been using Pages ’09 until this version, for one reason: The lack of bookmark support. Well, good news: BOOKMARK SUPPORT IS BACK!
The last time I reviewed Pages, bookmark support had just been reinstantiated, but using the appliction proved perilously slow—so much so that I actually didn’t upgrade my documents, despite the fact that bookmark support was the only thing I was waiting for to upgrade. Since my review, Apple tech support contacted me, and I was able to send them my error logs so they could see what was wrong. I’m pleased to report that with this update, those slowing issues have COMPLETELY vanished. Pages 6.3.1 works just as fast as the old Pages, if not faster.
There is ONE last lingering issue regarding bookmarks that I would love to see addressed in a future update.
When you add a bookmark to a document, you have two things: (1) a section of text (or what have you) that acts as the bookmark; and (2) a hyperlink (or several) elsewhere in the document that link to that bookmark. In Pages 4.3, you highlight a section of text, go to the Bookmark tab in the Inspector, and click the plus button. Now it’s a Bookmark. Then you hightlight a different section of text, go to the Hyperlink tab in the Inspector, and check the “Enable as hyperlink” option, at which point in time you can point it to an external url, an email message, a Pages document, or a Bookmark. Once you’ve enabled it as a hyperlink to a Bookmark, ALL you have to do is click on the text, and zip! You’re taken straight to the Bookmark. If you want to edit it in future, you use the same tabs in the Inspector to edit it.
In Pages 6 this has changed.
Once you have your Bookmark, and you have your hyperlink, EVERY SINGLE TIME you click on the hyperlink, a dialogue box pops up. The dialogue box asks you if you want to (a) go to the Bookmark, or (b) edit the hyperlink.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
To put this in perspective, I maintain a large number of dictionaries, and have hyperlinks linking to sections of the dictionaries by letter (so in the table of contents, if you click on A, it goes to the A words; B, it goes to the B words, etc.). In a single session, I click on 4-5 hyperlinks, easily—sometimes many more than that. In comparing Pages 4.3 to Pages 6.3.1, one click is better than two. Always.
The way I see it, the designers of this UI believe that EVERY time you click on a hyperlink that would send you to a Bookmark location, there is a 50/50 chance you actually want to edit the hyperlink instead. This makes zero sense. The whole point of going to the trouble of adding hyperlinks to a document is to save you time using the document. Forcing this extra step does nothing but add time. Perhaps I’m using hyperlinks wrong, but once I have them set, I never edit them. There’s really no need. And if I ever did need to edit them, I would expect and not be surprised for it to take a little extra work. That’s the sacrifice one makes for the functional utility of Bookmarks.
So, as it stands, I am happy to give Pages 6.3.1 four stars, but Pages developers, if you want that fifth star from me, I BEG YOU: Make Bookmark hyperlinks one click links. I have no idea if there are others that are clamoring for the extra step (and if there are, my hat is off to you, and I will quietly muddle my way through it), but if it’s neither here nor there, please consider changing it.
Thank you for all your work on the new Pages thus far!
Pages 09’ sooo much better 1/5
By Unhappy about this (2)
Why they killed some of the features in the layout section I do not know but a s a word processor it is unuseble in the context we used it for. We create proposals like story boards and Pages 09’ is the quickest program we could use, using the layout, no t the word processing template. Now we cannot reagrrange and quickly edit the thumbnails amoung many other simple features that made lfe easy. I held on to 09’ in my apple account under purchased and just purchased a new mac. Evidently they decided I did not want that any more and changed it on me so I cna no longer download it. We are in hell now. Thanks!
Where are the old fonts? Messed up all of my documents.
Maneuverability Concerns 3/5
By Teacher Woes
I absolutely love Pages (as an application), however, I’m noticing significant levels of “regress" as regards maneuverability with this most recent update. The delete function is almost non-existent (it goes so slow). Textual alignment is quite cumbersome as well. “I’m not going anywhere; I’m still on-board…,” but I do believe that another update is needed immediately! Thank you!
I love Apple, and I love their products. However, every new version of Pages that comes out removes key features that were the reasons I liked it more than Microsoft in the first place. I no longer can select multiple words at once using “command.” I can’t print my page document with comments. I can’t select and drag text around. Please bring these back! For now, I’ll go back to Pages 09.
It’s typical of Apple to create an app that is poorly thought through 1/5
I’ve stopped using Pages because it’s such a junior grade greeting card maker it’s pointless to mess with. Illustrator, InDesign.. both blow it away. When you can say that WORD is better than an Apple product.. BLOATED, messy, and overfeatured WORD is better BECAUSE IT WORKS… I think Apple should just shelve this crap like they did Aperture. Revise PREVIEW into a new app that does some simple layouts and let others add plug ins if they like. Pages is purely for church newsletters..
Apple had a great version of Pages and killed it! 2/5
To this day I still use Pages version 4.3. That version of Pages has wonderful features and wonderful compatibility in terms of exchanging files with MSWord. Like other reviewers, I need a word processor capable of producing technical documents. Pages version 4.3 works very well for while the current incarnations of Pages fail. I can produce a technical document in Page 4.3 export it to MSWord, make some changes in MSWord and then reimport it perfectly back into Pages 4.3. If I take that same document and open it in the current incarnation of Pages, the document is changed such that it becomes unusable to me.
Pages version 4.3 is a delight to use and I prefer it hugely over MSWord. Apple had a winner and then decided to kill it for some reason. Apple should go back and revive Pages 4.3. It was a winner! Maybe give it a different name … Pages for the Office … or some such thing. The current version of Pages is pretty. But it terms of productivity and features for technical writing, as I and other reviewers do, the current version of Pages is a failure.
Why no dictionary and thesaurus? 2/5
It seems less problematic than the other word processor, which can be very unstable, but not having a Dictionary and Thesaurus to refer to, is a bit annoying. If one is writing prose, ie., novels, memoirs etc., it’s REALLY annoying.
Why does it repeat letters? For example, if I write friend it will add “end" again. So it will look like this— friendend. WHY? It’s not like it happens all the time, but often enough that it only
adds one more thing to the annoyance bug.
If I write a word that is unusual, like “bahnhof” which is train station in German, or a foreign name, like Pilar, Pages doesn’t have the means to “add” them.
Pages is okay, but it still needs work. I hope you, Apple, will stick with it and refine it further. We need a good alternative.
Unable to Collaborate on High Sierra 10.13.1 and Pages 6.3.1 2/5
When I click on Collaborate I get the message “This document insn’t stored in iCloud, You’ll need to move it to iCloud before you can collaborate” So I click on Move to iCloud and it renames the document with a 2 on the end, bucause duh, it was already in iCloud. Nothing I do will allow me to collaborate. So I open safari and go to iCloud.com and my document is there, because, duh, it already is in iCloud and I can share the document there and my document on my Mac now says it is shared, but if I click on collaborate on my Mac again (even though it is already shared) I get that same message that the document isn’t stored in iCloud?!?!!
I am running High Sierra 10.13.1 and Pages 6.3.1, please fix this!
Can’t open ANY pages documents now. 2/5
None of my pages documents will open after updating to Mac High Sierra. This is a huge problem for my work.
Won’t open! 1/5
By gottahave it
If I can’t open a new document, it’s not much use to me. It’s the most up to date version, on the most up to date version of my operating system. What gives?
I am not certain where this issue has come from, the latest MAC OS upgrade or Pages update but it really needs to be corrected. I can no longer open any documents in Finder. They either open or mostly they don’t. I have tried everything to no avail. I have not missed MS Word for over 6 years after switching to a MAC, until now! Please correct!
I wrote an earlier review complaining about all the things Pages used to do but doesn’t in its new incarnation. Some of that’s still true. But I have to say that if this version does what you need it’s great. It looks fantastic, it’s supple and fast, and really a pleasure to use. And as a professional writer I use it A LOT.
It handles long documents flawlessly. And in the last update it’s stopped doing the weird re-sizing thing in the page thumbnail panel that no one could explain to me. I've tried other writing apps but in my opinion nothing comes close.
Another update: the app keeps getting better, with flawless Cloud access and storage. I still keep looking for something better but Pages has it all. Rock-solid dependability plus ease of use.
Best on the market 5/5
Love Pages. Does everything that Word does but faster, in a much more beautiful environment and with less problems.
Syncs perfect with my wife (collateral) and my iOS devices.
LATEST UPDATE 1/5
After the latest uptade I can’t open the application, and my files. It’s literally doesn't open.
The worst text editor ever! 1/5
By Lu de Simone
I can NOT do a simple text alphabetical sort. I HAVE to have a table, or I can NOT do that. It is ridiculous!!!!!!! I do not want a table, if I wanted a table I would work with numbers…. So now I will go back to Micorsoft Word, because Apple wants to tell how I should work or not. I just need to a alphabetical order text. That is not really hard to have the option. Apple, you are making every single user mad with your products.