Many claim that the iPad will revolutionize the way we consume magazine content and while we do enjoy reading magazines on our iPad, we do believe the best is yet to come. What about when it comes to creating content? Will this device be great for creating and editing brochure and poster layouts? To give creating this sort of content a whirl, we knew just what app we had to use. Last week we took a look at Keynote, on Wednesday we look at Numbers, and today, we look at the iWork app just right for creating documents, Pages. Pages '09 is is part of the iWork suite for the Mac which also includes is made up of Keynote '09 and Numbers '09. Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are sold separately for the iPad at the price of $9.99 each. Pages was actually the first part of iWork that we really embraced. With its beautiful templates and multiple editing options (especially when it comes to fonts) we quickly fell in love. Pages for iPad combines many of the things we love about the desktop application with the simplicity of Multi-Touch.
Opening the App
Just like Keynote for iPad, Pages opens with the document manager, which allows you to easily see at a glance your existing documents or create a new one. Like the desktop version, Pages comes with 16 Apple-designed templates, which you can use to create all sorts of documents, from reports to flyers. Like pretty much everything on the iPad screen (except when it is viewed outdoors in direct light), documents in Pages look good. Text is crisp, clear, and very readable.
Pages for iPad exports similarly to the desktop app, you can attach them to an email as Pages files for Mac, Microsoft Word files, or PDF documents. You can also upload them to iWork.com public beta which will allow them to be viewable by anyone on a Mac or PC. If someone emails you a Pages or Word document, you can easily import it into Pages for iPad — ready to review or edit. Just like with the Keynote for iPad app, to add files not through the use of email, you need to use iTunes.
We love editing layouts in Pages, using Multi-Touch to re-size photos and shift images around is fun. Typing is not. Working without footnotes is also not very fun and is a big "con" in our "pro/con" list of why to use Pages. Due to the limitations of the app we think it is best suited for making small changes to documents that have already been created using the desktop application or creating documents that are heavy on images, like posters and brochures. It's a good start, but we think it desperately needs footnote support in order to be taken seriously as a word processing program.
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