Are you a Mac user? If you are, you know that OS X Mavericks is here. Apple’s iWork suite has been updated too, so let’s look at what’s new and useful in Pages.
Here’s a pleasant surprise, not only is Mavericks free, but if you own Pages et al, those updates are free too. However, Apple’s new free update policy is confusing, to say the least:
If you want your free iWork and iLife apps—on OS X Mavericks or on iOS—you have to first visit the Mac App Store to do so. When you do, however, the “Buy” button for those apps will be replaced with “Download” or “Update” (or the iCloud icon on the iOS App Store).
So if you already own Pages, open the App Store and download your free update. :-)
Oh no, where’s the status bar?
With luck, an updated app offers speed enhancements as well as new features. Unfortunately, features you rely on tend to vanish when the user interface is “improved.” I hate that.
You’ll notice that Pages’ floating panels are now part of the workspace; accessed via the Toolbar. All well and good; the full screen view’s much improved, because the document thumbnails and formatting tools are within reach.
My sole quibble’s the status bar. I’ve dug around, but I can’t find it. Why remove the status bar? I’m used to checking the bar for the word count. Now the word counter floats at the bottom of the document. Not an improvement, for me anyway. You may love it.
OK, enough with the quibbling, here’s what I like.
Useful: instant updating on all devices, via iCloud
Initially, I missed File/ Save As, but I’ve gotten used to it. I opened an older document on my computer to test Pages, and saving it to iCloud was easy. You just click the dropdown list next to the document’s name in the title bar, and choose iCloud, as you can see in the image below.
Open Pages on another device, and keep working on your document. I opened my iPad, and there the document was. You’ll need to update to iOS 7 for this to work.
Useful: easy document sharing, anywhere you choose
Document sharing’s simplicity itself in Pages now. Just click the Share icon in the Toolbar, and share a link, or share a copy of the document. Sharing options: Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook.
You can see when a document’s shared, and you can also stop sharing it. Here’s the Sharing dialog, in the image below.
Brilliant! Collaborate on the Web with Pages for iCloud
Although this latest version of Pages makes document revisions easier, I’m thrilled with the new iWork for iCloud. You can work with anyone on a document, just share the link, and they can open it in any Web browser to make changes. (Click the Gear icon, and choose Share Document to get the link.)
Pages for iCloud
If you’re as tired of juggling documents, people and document revisions as I am, Pages for iCloud will make you smile with delight.