One of the nicest pieces of software to work with if you have a MacBook, iPad or iPhone is Pages. It is very similar to Microsoft Word, only Word offers much more variety. However, if you are looking for a good simple working tool that offers you almost everything that you would get in Microsoft Word, and you have not yet invested in the Word or the office suite, then pages is cheaper and it has lots to offer.
Pages will take some getting used to if you have been working with Microsoft Word, but it is an excellent tool for writers writing their novels, bloggers who blog and journalist who use the iPad as the handy notebook to take notes with. Before switching over to Pages, however, insure that your publisher or editor can receive your documents without any problems. I say this, because the majority of the industry, regardless of which field you are writing for use Microsoft Office, respectively, Microsoft Word as their main word processor. Pages is still Word’s little brother.
So, what is the difference? Not much. The difference comes with the formatting and the fonts. Pages does not come with the numerous fonts that are in Word.
- Both have menus that appear at the top and both have cloud space. Microsoft has SkyDrive and Pages has iWorks.com. Also Pages menus drop down on your Pages document.
- Microsoft has fonts out of this world that Pages does not have. Therefore, if you are converting a document from Word to Pages, and the font is incompatible to the Pages document, Pages will choose a font that is compatible to it, which will probably mess with your formatting.
- Pages has excellent templates. The designs are outstanding, but Microsoft is slowly catching up.
- Microsoft word remains the number one word processor tool that can do all––and is found in most big corporations––however, smaller firms and self-employed people are beginning to discover Pages. It fits their budgets.
Therefore, if you have a Mac, MacBook, iPad or iPhone or have just invested in the Apple family and have not invested in a Word Processing software as of yet, you may want to look into Pages. It is cheaper and very easy to use.