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.
No facing pages. 3/5
I cannot use Pages because it no longer has facing pages. Imagine that, they REMOVED that feature. For many of us in publishing, facing pages is a requirement. If you only want to do elementary school papers, it would be fine.
If I could give this app negative stars I would. 1/5
This app is a little difficult to navigate, but I was getting used to it and the shortcuts in the app on mac are helpful. HOWEVER, the app kept pushing me to update it to the latest version every time I opened it, and when I finally did, it DELETED ALL OF MY DOCUMENTS. I have midterms and quizzes coming up, and so far I haven’t found a way to recover my quarter’s worth of college work, if there is even a way to do so. I can’t even tell if I’m livid or just about to cry!!!
Well, that’s annoying... 3/5
By Napoleon XIV
When it works, Pages is lovely. However, the most recent update’s “performance upgrades” don’t seem to have done much but increase the annoyance factor. Autocorrect is now seemingly on a hair trigger; type out part of a word and it decides that you meant to type something else. I waste a few minutes per document fixing mistakes that the application decided I should make. It’s especially noticeable on longer words, when the app apparently gets tired of your typing and decides any old word will do in place of the one you were typing. Just as bad, it’ll finish the word while you’re typing it, and you won’t realize that it’s finished for you ’til you’ve added the rest of the word. I’m sure if you’re slow and/or lazy this comes in handy. For those of us who are quick on the keyboard it’s a time-consuming waste… especially if, like me, you’re writing thousands of words per day.
Fix the Header & Footer Sections Problem 2/5
I’d enjoy this app a lot more if it was easier to control the Headers & Footers, more specifically it needs to be easier for one to create a separate hooder on the front of the document from the rest. Instead you have to fuss around with the section options and try and format your document to Pages’ liking instead of to, say, your professor’s liking.
since update, computer keeps turning off on it own, shut down and restart does not help.
I used to love it until I installed latest version of iOS 11-I hate it now 1/5
I have been using pages for the convenience of using my iphone and iPad. I rarely use my mac. I loved pages because i could use it on my mobile devices without issues and able to convert to word or pdf. However yesterday I decided to install lates version of iOS 11, and now I have this File program which is worthless. I cannot use pages at all, i cannot view many of my files. It merged all my documents into one and have to go back to icloud to figure out where they are and then I cannot open them. It is not user friendly at all. It is hard to make folders, it keeps making copies of the files and have to keep deleting up to 10 copies at a time. I am not sure why you have to fix something that was not broken. ugggggh. I am going back to word and adobe because I cannot trust using pages anymore. Go back to the old version,
Under Features Of Rivals 5/5
No features as Google Docs and Word!
Still needs vertical alignment and non-contiguous text selection 3/5
6.3 was a good update which added two good features, and I am glad that 6.3.1 has been made available to those of us who have not yet upgraded to High Sierra. However, in order for pages to be a real wordprocessor, it needs to bring back non-contiguous text selection, and it needs to support the alignment of horizontally input text along the vertical axis so that text can be centered in both dimensions.. It would also be nice if selecting a page from the thumbnail pane did not deslect whatever one had selected on another page, as this would make text slection over many pages easier. I am glad that book marks were added a few versions back, but at the moment footnotes cannot be bookmarked and therefore cannot be linked to. The following bug persists: when I move the cursor to the right side of the screen in full screen mode, which causes the format pane to appear, it is difficult to select a paragraph style from the dropdown menu because it only remains visible for as long as I click. instead it in necessary to double click. However, whenI select “Inspector, Format”, I am able to click and select a style. Please fix this. Keep the updates coming! I now have faith that apple is actually going to make this into a usable product.
Can’t perform basic editing tasks 2/5
I was excited to see an update to Pages today. Alas, you STILL CANNOT SELECT NON-CONTIGUOUS TEXT. Like, seriously, Apple? What?! It’s one of the most basic document editing tasks, and I can’t do it in Pages. If I have 50 words I want to put in italics, I have to do each one separately. I can’t just hold CTRL and click on each word, then italicize. So stupid and the reason I rarely use Pages. Funnily enough, I CAN do it in Notes. You cannot bring that functionality back to Pages? Pages used to have this functionality, along with nearly 100 other features Pages doesn’t do anymore. Disabled your own software. Awesome. Thanks, Apple. I guess I shouldn’t complain because Pages is free these days, right? Sorry, I’m still complaining. Why can’t you IMPROVE the software to suit your customers’ ACTUAL needs?
I love it, but... 4/5
I really like Pages BUT it is missing:
*a facing-pages function
*the ability to add endnotes without downloading some other program
Please please please Apple if you are listening, please add these things!
Remember when 1/5
I am old enough to remember the days when Pages was a respectable application. Then along came the Ipad, and Apple dumbed the app down to make the UI look and feel like the IOS version. The worst part is that when this happened, their app become non-backwards compatible; in other words my hundreds of files could not be opened. Pages has been a colorful toy since that time. I now use Google Docs. So far, Google keeps introducing powerful features - I hope it never follows the Apple model of going in reverse and dumbing things down.
Not bad 3/5
I give Pages three stars because i feel like it is missing alot of stuff. The app needs improvements like spell check and make it more like microsoft word.
Worst word processor 1/5
Excellent, though can’t be viewed by other users. 5/5
This app is amazing. The format and everything is excellent. I definetly prefer it over word or docs. Though there is a problem. I use it because I don’t have word, and I can’t export documents unless I have word, really annoying.
By This is my final nickname
The issue with that is that this app is not able to actually manipulate file locations, especially in iCloud Drive. They can open from there or save to there but they are unable to change the location as they do not have those kinds of permissions. I would like the engineers to grant these permissions so I don’t have to go through iCloud Drive to organize my files.
Edit mask does not work 1/5
Why did you make a good thing bad Apple? Why cant I no longer edit mask. This update is terrible.
Printing in Landscape mode fixed 5/5
To fix landscape mode printing, uninstall your printer and re-add it. After very helpful emails from the iWork team, they helped solved the issue. Thank you!
Still the best Word Processor for macOS 5/5
By The real BigJim
That other office suite, just plan bloat for the same amount of functionality. I use this instead of that horrible suite for all of my doctoral papers and I really enjoy the improvements that have been made. Pages provides all the required functionality without attempting to provide the kitchen sink.
Still horrible 1/5
After years of Apple saying we will bring back features that were removed from Pages 4 we get booboo. What a joke. I loved Pages 4, it was fully featured and got the job done. The scrolling performance on it is significantly slower than this 5 or 6 but somehow I can do more with it. How many updates has it been since Apple promised to bring back features that we still don’t have? Here’s a very short list of functionality that I would like
1. Inserting images: It used to default to "In Line" and place the image right where the cursor is. Not only that, I could paste the image and start typing right away and it worked amazingly. Now it uses auto mode and almost always puts the anchor someplace that isn’t the cursor. At least make this an option and let me decide how I want my images inserted. This is easily my biggest “I hate this” change in Pages.
2. Sidebar vs Inspector: the inspector is quicker uses a lot less space. Especially when you have two windows side by side (or Split View on El Capitan). Tabbed windows do not do the trick. You can’t see two documents side by side without wasting tons of screen space.
3. Two page view.
4. Non contiguous text selection.
Great update 5/5
I am so happy with the new update, you changed the font size option back to how it was, it is definitely much more functional for me. The pdf view is great too.
I could write Pages and Pages about how it’s better than MS Word 5/5
It’s a joy to use, intuitive from the first time I’ve used it, and it has wonderful functionality (especially for an app included with an OS). MS Word is none of those things.
Also, it still vaguely reminds me of writing a document with Appleworks 6 (from the early 2000s), which I just really love!
Nice Facade - fails at the actual work 1/5
By Christopher P
My latest attempt to migrate off of MS Word to Pages is a disappointing failure. This app looks *so pretty* and lists lots of capabilities, but who wants to spend their time identifying bugs, searching support pages, trying workarounds?? When working with a 30+ page document and using Sections, the application would seemingly re-write the Section breaks randomly, making a complete mess of headers and footers in the process. I carefully recreated a new document suspecting the previous one was corrupted. Same annoying, frustrating result. I just want to write my documents. Instead I spend my time trying to figure out if I did something wrong, or if the app is doing it. The app is doing it! Besides this, it seems to just give up and crash occasionally for no apparent reason. Autosave and versioning is nice, when it works, but I lost a couple of important pages in one crash. Gone. And no folks, the iPad version isn’t any better or any more stable! I tried to use it instead. Different issues, but same crashing. People may say, “What do you want? It’s free!!” Free?? My time is worth more than this. I want a stable app that doesn’t trash my work. I want a stable app that I can depend on and trust. I want the kind of quality I came to expect from Apple (and Claris) twenty years ago. Where is it? Wake up, Apple!!
So, SLOW!!! 1/5
I’ve used this Pages many years ago.
however, I’m getting the error that edit text, come out in significant delays since I updated the mac to higg Sierra!
Saving Doc to icloud, missing across devices Mac to iPad 2/5
Not sure what is going on. I use to type my documents on my MacBook pro and read them on my iPad immediately. I saved the document on my Mac. But when I try to view it on my iPad, it is not there. Now I have to go back to emailing documents to myself to get them on my iPad or type them on my iPad. Please revert the iPad update back. Thanks
What’s Going On? 3/5
The App Store says I need to update to Version 6.3. I check PAGES in my application folder, and it IS Version 6.3. The same with NUMBERS and KEYNOTE. As I said, what’s going on?
slightly less annoying than Word 3/5
Fairly easy to navigate. Looks nice. But seriously- why isn’t there a way to alphabetize a list??? With Word there’s the a—>z button. Easy. Done. This doesn’t exist in Pages. Really? Come on Pages. Add this to the next version.
cant even download. 1/5
By I can't wake up
Cant even download it. Just says accept where a download button should be, I Press that, it takes 20 minutes to ask for my password and then turns into a button you cant click that says Get. Guess im not getting this.
A Free Pages Update is Available 3/5
By A Free Pages Update is Availab
If you use pages get used to it: A Free Pages Update is Available
No matter how frequently you update: A Free Pages Update is Available
Run an update, restart and launch pages: A Free Pages Update is Available
Pages icon jumping up and down in the dock to tell you: A Free Pages Update is Available
No preference setting to stop it: A Free Pages Update is Available
Its actually quite good program, but I wish I could stop: A Free Pages Update is Available
Dont get me started on: Software Update ios 9.xx is available for your iphone and ready to install
Do not download 3.3 update. i did and lost all of my data. I called the helpline and they were less thn helpful. i tried to download the app again but no help at all. this could be a good reason to return to MS.