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.
Not compatible with other Apple word processors 1/5
By Disappointed in Niagara Falls
Not compatible with AppleWorks on which I have hundreds of documents rendered useless with this application. Totally frustrated!!!
TYPE LAG SO MUCH 1/5
Been using pages for many years and recently notice the lag in typing is getting reall, 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. Please fix this pages!!!
great app but needs a great grammar correction engine 5/5
By Regular john95
I hate that i have to export things to gramarly or ms office to quickly check my grammar.
THE iWork 09 VERSION IF BETTER 1/5
By VJ ROMULUS
The look feel and functionality of the iWork 09 version of the suite better than this more options templets and I love the media browser the way it was. And we need iWeb back. Not only that I want iPhoto back and support for Apeture.
Sorry Pages, you lost a client 3/5
I have always used Pages since buying my first mac many years ago. I wrote my first book on it and it was great. Loved being able to export to word for my editor. (who uses word). I started writing my second book on it, and it was great until I had to put it all into one document. I am in the final stages of editing and I cannot edit anything. All I see is a colorful beach ball spinning every time I try and edit a word. Significant delays and often long enough to where I have to shut down. After numerous blog searches, I see others who have had the same issue with larger files sizes…and NO SOLUTIONS. I have updated everything, no result. Everything else on my mac is fast, as well as smaller pages files. So guess what - now I have to go buy Word so I can meet my deadline (as it has taken numerous hours trying to find solution, updating and editing at turtle speed). Bye bye pages. Was great when you worked.
Cannot print in Landscape mode 1/5
After the most recent update, printing in landscape is no longer possible. Please fix this as soon as possible. Thank you.
no update 1/5
i’m been trying to update my app but it doesn’t let me. do’t know what to do
I like it 5/5
By Ana Claudia Cunha
I was having problems with Word, as it kept crashing, slowing my mac down, and was just not working for me, so I decided to give Pages another try. It does take some time to figure out how everything works if you’ve used word ever since computers were a thing. I do have to say it seems a bit less practical than Word for certain things, but for other, I have found myself being more practical. Since it does take a couple of days to get used to it, it might seem like it doesn’t compare to Word in the beginning, which is why I gave up on it a couple of times. It was when word crashed and didn’t save my extensive nursing school notes that I finally gave up on it. Pages has worked well, it looks simple, it does everything Word does (that i ever used), it takes up less storage space on my mac, and it hasn’t slowed my mac down or crashed yet. So I give it my approval :D I officially took the next step and have deleted office from my computer ✊
There is one thing I wish it would do that it doesn’t (or maybe it does and I havent figured it out): I wish I could add preset bullets and lists so that they would be available in future documents without having to save templates. Same goes for Styles.
I look forward to seeing future updates as I’ve been reading reviews and people seem to have the same complaints: that the earlier version was better. If I already like it now, I can’t imagine what it was like before. Would be nice to see this super practical app of the past resurface.
I used to LOVE this program and used it for all of my writing. I am a writer, so a good writing program is a must. I used it on my MacBook Air and started having issues where the text I was typing couldn’t keep up with me. I downloaded Open Office and used that, which also started acting up. Got a new computer and the Pages program worked well until an update and now it does the typing lag again. PLEASE fix. I like this program.
Bookmarks Are Back! Nearly Perfect! 4/5
UPDATED FOR 6.3: 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 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, 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 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!
Can’t open doc I made a few days ago 3/5
Generally I like the program, but…
I created a document about 5 days ago. I’m going to a meeting today, so I opened up Pages to print it out. I got the error message that I need a new version of Pages to be able to open the document. I’m using precisely the same version that created the document. I go to the on-line store, find the app and hit “update.” The little progress animation just spins and spins. It’s been spinning for a half hour. Okay, I tried to open it using “Preview.” No dice. “Text Edit,” no dice. Microsoft Word, Simple Text, all useless. Finally I opened it in Pages on my iphone and was able to print it. What if I didn’t have an iphone?
This is a horrible, horrible problem. Fix it. It’s the problem with a lot of “subscription model” software, which I hate. Of course “Pages” is free, but if it locks me out every time it updates, it’s going to cost me A LOT. I now don’t feel secure using Pages.
It’s still spinning.
Utter ruination of a great app 1/5
[When I clicked on “Write a review” just now (9/20/17), lo and behold my old review appeared in the edit box. I don’t know if this means my old review never appeared or what. (Maybe I hurt someone’s feelings with my honesty?) But I’m going to submit it again and see what happens, because everything I wrote back whenever I first composed this remains absolutely true.]
I have used Pages 4 and earlier every single day of my working life — ever since it was first released. I truly would like to look the baboons who programmed Pages 5 in the eye and ask them “What were you thinking?” Over 100 useful functions have been programmed right out Pages 5. So many examples I could cite: here’s just one — in Pages 4, if you got a document with “straight quotes” (analagous to inches and feet symbols), you could do a simple Find and Replace, put a single or double quote mark in both fields, and Pages would automatically replace EACH instance of the straight quotes with the more elegant “curly quotes.” You can’t do that now…WHY?
And why are Styles now virtually impossible to work with or figure out? They were so straightforward before…now they make no sense at all.
Meanwhile, what was once a streamlined and easy-to-use interface has been rendered butt-ugly. Right, Apple…I really WANTED the compact and easy-to-navigate Inspector replaced by a monstrosity that takes up a third of my working space. Brilliant! And what was once the most elegant table function anywhere in the history of word processing (save perhaps the late, lamented WriteNow) is now an unwieldy monstrosity. And finally…no export to .rtf? Only plain text? The mind boggles.
Absolutely the ONLY thing that was done right with Pages 5 is that it doesn’t make Pages 4 go away when you install it. Apple obviously knew that its users would storm the gates of Cupertino if they had only the crippled Pages 5 and could no longer use Pages 4.
I STILL use Pages 4, an absolutely wonderful app, every day of my working life. On the rare occasions when I have to use Pages 5, I can only reflect upon how a once-great company, whose products I have championed for over 27 years now, has plummeted to the depths in this and many other regards.
Compatibility for medical, scientific writing lags 2/5
By Mac faithful?
While I really appreciate the layout elements of Pages (compared to Word, which is a mess when trying to layout pictures and diagrams with text), Pages always suffers when new versions come out or when new versions of plug-ins or interdependent programs come out. It was always my understanding that Macintosh was the hardware of choice for academics and publication. I am an academic and I’ve used macs faithfully since the very beginning. However, I’m plagued by this decision because I use adjunct programs for bibliography and scientific referencing (ex. EndNote program) when I do my writing because these programs take seasons… if not years… to catch up to version upgrades of Pages. So what’s the point? Why can’t I get both: layout and bibliography?? Why do I have to go back to Word to get the bibliography but at the same time lose all possibility of integrating figures and diagrams with my technical writing? I tried calling EndNote and Apple about these compatibility lags, and they both blame each other for lagging behind…
Pages pros and cons 3/5
By The laconic fustilirian
To be honest I love pages and how clean and laconic it looks.I love how apple designed it but its not user friednly at all. Most of the times when you send a document to a windows operating system it won’t open and the fact that it lags relly hurts the benefit of this program.
Still needs vertical alignment and non-contiguous text selection 3/5
This is a good update which has added two good features. However, in order for it to be a real wordprocessor, Pages needs to bring back non-contiguous text selection, and it needs to support vertical alignment. 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. 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.
Still Waiting 2/5
For years I’ve waited for Pages to develop into a useful writing tool. From the look of the interface…like a child’s game…to the lack of features in comparison to other applications it continues to disappoint. Even as the upgrades roll out it has increasingly become just one of those things that take up space on my hard drive only to be a seldom used as tool in certain situations.
Formating the number of Header Colums 3/5
I should be able to edit the number of colums and rows in the header and footer in Pages but I can’t. Three colums appear when I open a new document. I tried to change the number of columns by going to Format>Table>Header Rows or header colums but the coices are dimmed and do not work. I tried to go to Format in the Pages menu on the right of the document but these options do not work either. I tried everything. Does anyone have an answer?
Please give me Microsoft Word Instead! 2/5
By Mike Mac User
Pages is really a pain. It is constanlty locking up. All the time, I get the spinning Domino’s Pizza box and it locks up. It freezes and then when I go to "Force Quit”, there it is “Pages Not Responding” in red letters. Really adds nothing specal and locks up just when I need to edit a document.
The Art of Tea? 4/5
I have the latest & greatest version. However, my templates have not updated. I do not have the Art of Tea template unless it is not part of Pages as a template?
Pages on IPAD PRO - unrelaiable and supprot is worthless. 1/5
Having nothing but problems with Pages on my IPAD PRO. Crashing all the time. Called support. Tried downloading, Crashes, Tried Resetting - Crashes. Tried full Restore - Crashes. Calling Support and they can’t seem to fix the problem Dissappointed .Maybe a Surface with Word will work.
I feel as though Microsoft word is much more reliable without having the need for constant updates. If there is an update apparently you can not open pages which is a real problem when you are filling out a job application and it suddenly won’t open and need to revise your resume.
Why, Apple, why? 1/5
Why have you ruined a perfectly good & efficient app? It was not broken! Why did you "fix" it? Thanks goodness I still have Pages ’09; it is so much better, smoother & user friendly. The updated version is complicated & unfriendly. Please put Pages back the way it was. Zero stars!
Iowan Old Style font R.I.P. 2/5
One of the few things I loved about Pages- the Iowan Old Style font was removed. Please bring I.O.S. back.
FIXED: Pages on Mac and iOS now use “smart” quotes. No more mixing straight and curly quotes. Thank you!
STILL NOT FIXED: Whatever happened to the ability to select non-contiguous text? If I want to select three unconnected words, how do I do that? I can do this by holding down ‘command’ in TextEdit. How is it that TextEdit outperforms Pages?
SORT OF FIXED: At least Apple added clear documentation for how to add “highlights” as a character fill. The process (Style/setting/character fill) is quite cumbersome and different line spacing shows different heights for the character fill “highlights.” I want to quickly highlight in different colors in consistent heights, similar to what I can do in iBooks. Are my expectations too high? I don’t think so. Especially when this is easily accomplished with competing software programs. “Just use the other program,” you might say. I do. But I would actually switch to Pages if it were not for these querks.
BUGGY: I like to change colors of text, to help me prioritize data, etc. I am not sure why, but it seems about 25% of the time I can’t change the text color from the toolbar icon. So I have to go to the ‘format styles’ menu, which is so annoying.
very disappointed with the pages, keeps on crashing 1/5
I am not a heavy user of Pages but for an assignment I had to use it. now it has been crashing over and over making it impossible to do anything, i am stuck, i have no solution
Slowwwwww, crashes 2/5
For graphics design used deneba’s Canvas when it first came out (version3.0), maybe fiftee years ago? It was a superb vector-graphics creator – and text editor; just the thing for creating excellent multi - page techical documents. New owners ACD, dropped the Mac and went windows only. My industrial designer brother-in-law badmouthed Illustrator so much that I was stuck. ACD came out with a Mac version years later and What a flop it is (fyi) Do NOT buy it.
I went to pages, and I was pleased at first. I do a lot of collages; a page of graphics to send to friends and family, and publish a lot for our local news paper. Whenever I have a page of graphics, editing any of the jpegs is slowwwww – the more graphics, the slower it gets. I did a web-page documet of ten pages, each full of graphics: I would group all the jpegs for each whole page into the final document, then put in all the hot spots. I mixed all menu items on five dedicated master pages. The whole item held about 40 megs, and it took at least two full minutes to load, and it would crash about every five minutes as I was simply cropping the size of items on the last page.
Advice: if you are working on large documents with lots of graphics, you might try Affinity Designer Which I have, but it just isn’t “Mac.”
I have a 24” iMac, OS 10.9.5, two external WD drives. and I’m using FREEWAY for building web pages (It’s bombproof).
Revision of review titled "The “Continue” button does not work” by Confused1941 5/5
I wrote the following on July 18, 2017: I have been unable to use Pages because when I click “Continue” (to accept the licensing agreement), nothing happens. Therefore, I am unable even to try Pages.
I have now resolved the problem, and it was all my fault (my only excuse is that because this is my first MacBook I am unfamiliar with all its workings). I had reset the resolution on the laptop, an action that made the pages larger; as a result, the actual “Continue” was hidden at the bottom of the licensing agreement page. I was clicking fruitlessly on the wrong “Continue.” Now that I have reverted to the original resolution everything is fine. Pages is very user friendly and I look forward to getting to know it in more detail.
Lacks a “Save As” command 2/5
By Forties Fan
Whatever else this application does is next to useless to me because all I want it to do is SAVE AS when I change the name of a file. This is the traditional way most programs work and I can’t understand why they varied from that practice. I’m still looking for a word processor with a SAVE AS command. Duplicate just doesn’t do it for me.
Terrible page management and documentation 6.2 2/5
I am amazed that Apple would release this. It seems impossible to edit sections and page orders in sections. That would seem to be rudimentary to a layout/word processing app.
Half the items in the menus are greyed out and nonfucntiong as well. Or it depends on what mode you are in. For some astounding reason there is no ability to simply Add a page to a doc?!?!?
The documentation online is convoluted because there have been so many updates and versions. I find myself clicking around endlessly and trying to use icons in the pages that serve no purpose and do nothing. Why is there no “Save As” also so you can update the version of the doc you are sending to the cloud?
Love it 5/5
Does everything I need it to do and it’s top quality software for FREE! There are some additional features that would be great but for the most part, this is very comprehensive. I simply don’t understand the whiners here. In 20 years of computing, I rarely encounter an issue with chunks getting deleted or incessant crashes. That’s just nonsense. Pages is great software.
Definitely not up to Apple’s standards 1/5
I’ve been using Pages since it was first released many years ago. It evolved into a sleek, minimalistic alternative to Word, and in classic Apple fashion it just worked, it was rock-solid stable.
This has not been the case over the past couple of years, it has progressively gone downhill in stability and functionality. As others have pointed out, the drag and drop simplicity of adding images and other media is pretty much dysfunctional at this point. Most seriously, I have had persistent problems with Pages having a ‘spinning wheel’ before carrying out a desired task, even to the point of regularly being unable to save files. In a word (pun intended), Pages has become a functional mess and is no longer worthy of serious productivity.
I’ve, regrettably, have moved back to Word...
Newest version less useful 3/5
I just spent several hours layout out a book in Pages, only to find out that it no longer supports facing pages. So, having different margins for “left” and “right” pages, a basic feature of any printed book, is not an automatic feature. To use a different layout for left and right pages, you would have to manually set up separate page templates for even and odd pages — a huge waste of time. This is an unfortunate significant weakness in an otherwise easy-to-use, well-designed app.
By I am a Bruno Mars FAN
im sorry but i dont like the app and the slow updates
Pages is the best thing I have ever used
OK for taking notes unorganized ones that is. 2/5
But almost impossible to do any thing with… Half the features do not work, and the ones that do don’t work the same way all the time. They revert to default all the time. They keep updatint the App but nothing gets fixed, just new errors.
Awesome Thing 5/5
the more you use it the more you forget about other apps and softwares
Amazing, finally back to Pages 4 5/5
Pages 6 now has Text box linking! Yay!!!! The program has finally returned to the quality of Pages 4. It’s useful, powerful, and I am so thankful. I basically stopped writing my small group books because I didn’t have a good program anymore. Now it’s back. Thanks Apple!
Constant Crashes post 6.2 update 4/5
Since updating to version 6.2 my pages application has become almost not possible to use. Any time I hightlight text and click the “comment” button, the document immediately crashes. I edit dozens of documents each week and need this function to work.
It would also be nice to be able to change comment balloon colors if the comments are made at different times the document is open. Right now if “change color” option is chosen, it changes all comment colors regardless of when they were made. I would like to be able to have Monday comments yellow, and Tuesday green as an example.
Ever since i installed the latest update for Pages, the app quits unexpectedly whenever I’m working on a document. I never had this propbelem prior to the update. It’s terrible!