Happy Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

editing for authors ad

A publisher or agency using Google ads to solicit your novel probably isn't anyone you want to write for.


Go Back   Absolute Write Water Cooler > Welcome to the Water Cooler > Tech Help
Register FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-13-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
Emily Winslow
Do Not Walk on the Grass
 
Emily Winslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cambridge, England
Posts: 507
Emily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewelEmily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewel
Pages v. Word

Hi all--I could really use some help. I need to decide whether I can live with Apple Pages or if I really need Microsoft Word.

In all my professional dealings, I have to use .doc format. Up to now, I have been using Open Office, a free imitation of Word. Open Office defaults to saving as .odt, but can save as .doc when asked to. It pretty much strives to be a copy of Word, which means it worked pretty well for my purposes, but also that it has the problems of Word: bloated, unintuitive, and too much weird automatic stuff. Still, I learned to work around it and can now control it well.

I recently bought a new laptop. My old one, a MacBook, had served me well but had become SLOW, had shortened battery life, and little memory left for me to play with. I now have a sleek lovely Macbook Air. It has much more memory and is nice and fast. I was convinced to try the Apple word processor, Pages.

I hate it. But, I recognise that my frustration is much because it is different. Superior, even, but the different-ness means I'm having trouble doing simple things. Once I learn how to control it, that should be fine. It does seem to be better than Word in many ways. Most of all, I'm told it is much more efficient. I'm told that one of the reasons my old laptop had become so slow was because of bloat from Open Office.

Here is my problem with Pages: It will only save in its own format. If I want to save as .doc, I have to export and save a COPY of the ms I'm working on. This means there will be multiple versions of my ms: one that I can work on, saved in Pages format, and the .docs that I export and send to others. I'm very uncomfortable with that. But perhaps it's a paradigm shift that will be worth growing into. My husband, a programmer, uses a similar system of master and releases, with which he is well pleased.

My questions are:

1) Has anyone here made that change from a Word-like word processor to Pages, and are you happy you did? Have you adjusted to having a master Pages document on which you can work, and then .docs that you periodically create to send out to others?

2) Are you happy with the way that Pages exports into .doc? I've already tried this with a one-page document, and all my bolding was lost, and the tabs were wonky. Is this something I will continue to struggle with, or is there a way to master it? It is especially concerning that when I opened the .doc in Pages, the formatting looked fine. I had to check it in another system to see that it was off. I would hate to unknowingly send out badly formatted docs.

3) Lastly, is one able to read someone else's "track changes" from Word in Pages? I can in Open Office. I need to be able to do this.

I don't want to resort to downloading Word or Open Office, which may just cause the same slowness that drove me to get a new computer. I may have to though. Any advice appreciated! Many thanks.
__________________


"[Winslow is] brilliant at portraying the ragged fragments of these lives.
What emerges isn't a single killer with motive and means, but a tangle of stories crossing and colliding,
stray intersections of incidents and accidents, misunderstandings and misreadings,
all thanks to the myopia of individual perspectives and the self-centeredness of individual desires.”
-Washington Post

Last edited by Emily Winslow; 01-13-2013 at 07:17 PM.
Emily Winslow is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 02:36 AM   #2
kuwisdelu
there is always hope
 
kuwisdelu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: W. Lafayette, IN
Posts: 31,553
kuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
What kind of professional dealings do you mean? Writing fiction? Something else?

1. I use Pages for writing fiction. I much prefer it to Word for that much. I find it a pain in the ass to try to format anything in Word, but a breeze in Pages. That said, Word is more powerful and has more features. You might not need them, though.

2. How extensive and elaborate was your formatting? Basic stuff transfers okay. Any formatting that would be in a basic fiction manuscript transfers fine or is easy to fix. I wouldn't want to export a scientific document or report from Pages to Word, though. Too many things to go wrong.

3. Yes. You can see Word's track changes in Pages. I wouldn't use it for extensive exchanges. For a collaboration where you'll be trading changes a lot and everyone else is using Word, just use Word. If you just need to see them, you can see them fine in Pages.

Installing MS Office or OpenOffice or LibreOffice (the newer version of OpenOffice, basically) won't slow down your computer. The applications themselves might be a bit slow and less snappy than Pages. But they won't slow down your computer if you're not using them and they're just installed for when you might need them.
__________________
(a blog.) ...last updated 28 April 2014
kuwisdelu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 02:53 AM   #3
Emily Winslow
Do Not Walk on the Grass
 
Emily Winslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cambridge, England
Posts: 507
Emily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewelEmily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewel
Quote:
Originally Posted by kuwisdelu View Post
What kind of professional dealings do you mean? Writing fiction? Something else?
Writing fiction. Pretty much everyone I deal with--beta readers, my agent, and everyone at my publisher--expects .doc files and uses track changes.

Quote:
1. I use Pages for writing fiction. I much prefer it to Word for that much. I find it a pain in the ass to try to format anything in Word, but a breeze in Pages. That said, Word is more powerful and has more features. You might not need them, though.
I'm fine with fewer features. I just want to be able to put words on paper! That said, I have yet to find, for example, the double-space/single-space toggle on Pages. What I eventually found was a much more complicated window that required me to type in the precise number of pixels (or something) that I wanted between lines. Seemed much more complex than Word!

Quote:
2. How extensive and elaborate was your formatting? Basic stuff transfers okay. Any formatting that would be in a basic fiction manuscript transfers fine or is easy to fix. I wouldn't want to export a scientific document or report from Pages to Word, though. Too many things to go wrong.
Just some different (basic) fonts, bolding, and tabs to line things up. It was a little poster-like flyer. It was just disconcerting that opening the .doc in Pages looked the way I expected and then opening it elsewhere it looked different. You're right that it's not a big deal for a text-only ms. I just think it's weird that if I, say, bold my title or center a quote, I won't really know what the end result will look like on the other end.

Quote:
3. Yes. You can see Word's track changes in Pages. I wouldn't use it for extensive exchanges. For a collaboration where you'll be trading changes a lot and everyone else is using Word, just use Word. If you just need to see them, you can see them fine in Pages.
Well that's good to hear! I will need to respond to the track changes (accept/reject), not just view them, but at least viewing them will work.

Quote:
Installing MS Office or OpenOffice or LibreOffice (the newer version of OpenOffice, basically) won't slow down your computer. The applications themselves might be a bit slow and less snappy than Pages. But they won't slow down your computer if you're not using them and they're just installed for when you might need them.
My sweet husband is worried I'm going to eat up all my space if I install big programs again. Maybe, though, that fear is unwarranted.

Thanks so much for your thoughts!
__________________


"[Winslow is] brilliant at portraying the ragged fragments of these lives.
What emerges isn't a single killer with motive and means, but a tangle of stories crossing and colliding,
stray intersections of incidents and accidents, misunderstandings and misreadings,
all thanks to the myopia of individual perspectives and the self-centeredness of individual desires.”
-Washington Post
Emily Winslow is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 04:28 AM   #4
kuwisdelu
there is always hope
 
kuwisdelu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: W. Lafayette, IN
Posts: 31,553
kuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily Winslow View Post
I'm fine with fewer features. I just want to be able to put words on paper! That said, I have yet to find, for example, the double-space/single-space toggle on Pages. What I eventually found was a much more complicated window that required me to type in the precise number of pixels (or something) that I wanted between lines. Seemed much more complex than Word!
Even I have no idea where you would find a way to adjust the precise number of pixels between lines... where the heck did you find that?

It's right on the format bar:



or here in the Inspector:



where you can adjust the fraction of a full line you want between lines, but not the number of pixels.

Quote:
Just some different (basic) fonts, bolding, and tabs to line things up. It was a little poster-like flyer. It was just disconcerting that opening the .doc in Pages looked the way I expected and then opening it elsewhere it looked different. You're right that it's not a big deal for a text-only ms. I just think it's weird that if I, say, bold my title or center a quote, I won't really know what the end result will look like on the other end.
Hmm, I've never had basic stuff like italics mess up for me. It's usually the more complicated stuff.

Quote:
My sweet husband is worried I'm going to eat up all my space if I install big programs again. Maybe, though, that fear is unwarranted.
You can just watch how much space you have free on your hard drive. It's not like the space they take up will suddenly start expanding when you're not looking.
__________________
(a blog.) ...last updated 28 April 2014
kuwisdelu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
Emily Winslow
Do Not Walk on the Grass
 
Emily Winslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cambridge, England
Posts: 507
Emily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewelEmily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewel
Quote:
Originally Posted by kuwisdelu View Post
Even I have no idea where you would find a way to adjust the precise number of pixels between lines... where the heck did you find that?

It's right on the format bar:

or here in the Inspector:

where you can adjust the fraction of a full line you want between lines, but not the number of pixels.
Ah, the "inspector"! That's what I found. I was trying to change the spacing between lines in something I'd cut-and-pasted, and had to change one of those--maybe "after paragraph"?--from 17 to zero. I assumed the 17 was pixels, but who knows. Millimeters, maybe?

Also "aha!" to what you circled on the format bar. I had tried that (when trying to correct that cut-and-pasted problem I was having) but it had no effect. So, I assumed it wasn't what I was looking for. Thanks for the guidance.

Hey, didn't you used to have an avatar that was tipping the hat? I loved that one! In any case, I'd like to tip my hat to you for your help :-)
__________________


"[Winslow is] brilliant at portraying the ragged fragments of these lives.
What emerges isn't a single killer with motive and means, but a tangle of stories crossing and colliding,
stray intersections of incidents and accidents, misunderstandings and misreadings,
all thanks to the myopia of individual perspectives and the self-centeredness of individual desires.”
-Washington Post
Emily Winslow is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #6
onesecondglance
pretending to be awake
 
onesecondglance's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Berkshire, UK
Posts: 3,572
onesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsonesecondglance is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
I'm not generally an advocate of switching creative software unless there's a really good reason to do so. You can spend a lot more time reading the manual trying to work out how to do something than creating anything, which is rather counter-productive.

If you're comfortable with OpenOffice, I don't really see a reason to change? I'm not sure about the "my computer got slow because of OpenOffice" thing - in my experience it's almost always a combination of dozens of things.
__________________
Λrchangel: near-future SF noir
Bleed Through: multiverse thriller with a side of vampires. | 28,000 / 100,000 (progress! sweet, sweet progress!)

I write music. | I gave in and joined twitter. | And I have a blog too.

Last edited by onesecondglance; 01-14-2013 at 03:52 PM.
onesecondglance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #7
Emily Winslow
Do Not Walk on the Grass
 
Emily Winslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cambridge, England
Posts: 507
Emily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewelEmily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewel
Any thoughts on Libre Office v. Open Office?
__________________


"[Winslow is] brilliant at portraying the ragged fragments of these lives.
What emerges isn't a single killer with motive and means, but a tangle of stories crossing and colliding,
stray intersections of incidents and accidents, misunderstandings and misreadings,
all thanks to the myopia of individual perspectives and the self-centeredness of individual desires.”
-Washington Post
Emily Winslow is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
EMaree
a demon for tea
 
EMaree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,908
EMaree has a double-platinum reputationEMaree has a double-platinum reputationEMaree has a double-platinum reputationEMaree has a double-platinum reputationEMaree has a double-platinum reputationEMaree has a double-platinum reputationEMaree has a double-platinum reputation
Most of the old Open Office team moved to working on Libre Office after Oracle took over Open Office, so I prefer Libre Office.
__________________
Website/Blog- Twitter

Please pretend I preface all my advice posts with "There are no rules, but if there were..."

First Draft: Hella Fun WIP (YA UF)
With Betas: BR0K3N TH1NGS Draft 2 (YA UF)
Published: MG Fantasy "Dragon Tamers" & "Dragon Tamers 2: Digital Tempest"
EMaree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #9
Medievalist
Cultus Gopherus MacAllister
SuperModerator
 
Medievalist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: An meodoheall monig dreama full
Posts: 25,529
Medievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily Winslow View Post
Any thoughts on Libre Office v. Open Office?
Libre Office; it's still being actively developed.

That said, I use Microsoft Word to respond to Track Changes queries/edits. My publisher has standardized on it with special scripts and palettes, to the point that small deviations affect work flow.

I love Pages, and use it for magazine articles and other publishers.

Were I you on a MacBook Air, I'd buy just MS Word, not office, and use that. Libre Office is just under 500 MB installed, and is not RAM friendly at all.
__________________

AW Admin
About.Me
AWers On Twitter
Lisa L. Spangenberg
My opinions are my own. | Who else would want them?
Medievalist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 10:43 PM   #10
Alexys
Took a wrong turn at the Pleiades
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: On the wrong planet. ;P
Posts: 274
Alexys has a spectacular aura
Actually, OpenOffice is back in development under that name, too—the Apache Project took it over a year or two back. I understand that their version has wandered in a slightly different direction than the LibreOffice fork, codewise, so individuals having problems with one version may find it worthwhile to try the other.
Alexys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 11:01 PM   #11
amergina
Santa gave me a ring! Uh oh....
AW Moderator
 
amergina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 11,356
amergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsamergina is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily Winslow View Post
Ah, the "inspector"! That's what I found. I was trying to change the spacing between lines in something I'd cut-and-pasted, and had to change one of those--maybe "after paragraph"?--from 17 to zero. I assumed the 17 was pixels, but who knows. Millimeters, maybe?
A bit of a tangent, but it's probably measured in points (pt), which is a typographical measurement. Hence why we have things like 12 point type.
__________________
Stories n' Stuff:
Cl0se Quarter and Sl0w Wa1tz from Loose Id (M/M paranormal romance)
Missing Persons (fantasy short) in Trust and Treachery!

OUT NOW! Take0ver (M/M contemporary romance) from Berkley InterMix

I have a Website! My Pen Name has a Website! I also Tweet!
amergina is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 11:12 PM   #12
kuwisdelu
there is always hope
 
kuwisdelu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: W. Lafayette, IN
Posts: 31,553
kuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily Winslow View Post
Ah, the "inspector"! That's what I found. I was trying to change the spacing between lines in something I'd cut-and-pasted, and had to change one of those--maybe "after paragraph"?--from 17 to zero. I assumed the 17 was pixels, but who knows. Millimeters, maybe?
Quote:
Originally Posted by amergina View Post
A bit of a tangent, but it's probably measured in points (pt), which is a typographical measurement. Hence why we have things like 12 point type.
By default, Pages lets you set the spacing between lines in fractions of a line, and the spacing between paragraphs in points.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily Winslow View Post
Also "aha!" to what you circled on the format bar. I had tried that (when trying to correct that cut-and-pasted problem I was having) but it had no effect. So, I assumed it wasn't what I was looking for. Thanks for the guidance.
You need to make sure you have the portion of text you want to apply the spacing to selected. It won't just assume you mean the current line or current paragraph or anything.

Quote:
Hey, didn't you used to have an avatar that was tipping the hat? I loved that one! In any case, I'd like to tip my hat to you for your help :-)
Yes and you're welcome.
__________________
(a blog.) ...last updated 28 April 2014
kuwisdelu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #13
Emily Winslow
Do Not Walk on the Grass
 
Emily Winslow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cambridge, England
Posts: 507
Emily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewelEmily Winslow is a shiny, shiny jewel
I'm giving Libre a try (though I'm worried about the RAM now). Thanks, all, for the advice.

I do like Pages as well, and will likely use it for things like newsletters and stuff. But for anything I will be sending out to my publishers, I feel like I need to be able to work on my .docs and see them as they really are.

Appreciate the help!
__________________


"[Winslow is] brilliant at portraying the ragged fragments of these lives.
What emerges isn't a single killer with motive and means, but a tangle of stories crossing and colliding,
stray intersections of incidents and accidents, misunderstandings and misreadings,
all thanks to the myopia of individual perspectives and the self-centeredness of individual desires.”
-Washington Post
Emily Winslow is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 06:17 AM   #14
Sunkissed27f
banned as an incurable tosspot
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Oz aka Alabama
Posts: 604
Sunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsSunkissed27f is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
If you like Open Office and Libre Office, you can try Free Office:

http://freeoffice.com/en/features

Is your goal to not purchase software?
Sunkissed27f is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 08:20 PM   #15
Defos
practical experience, FTW
 
Defos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: In bed
Posts: 899
Defos has a spectacular auraDefos has a spectacular aura
I had the same dilemma when first moving to pages and using the ipad for a writing machine which is a bit of a waste really. (This may go off topic a tad). I've had issues with the ipad since I bought the first incarnation. I now have the 3rd gen ipad.

The main issue is the sheer lack of compatibility, I can't transfer anything to anywhere without itunes (which I really don't like to use).
On other tablets you can put memory sticks in and move/alter things then place them back in to work with. The workarounds I use for the ipad are emails to and from my PC to store etc but I don't like the security issues that poses. I know you can port the pages files to PDF and attach them but I'm not sure this would be any better unless I used itunes (*pulls sickly looking face).

I have an old version of word (2007 I think) so would I be better migrating my material to the PC and doing away with the ipad for the majority of the work?
Defos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 08:57 PM   #16
Medievalist
Cultus Gopherus MacAllister
SuperModerator
 
Medievalist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: An meodoheall monig dreama full
Posts: 25,529
Medievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Defos View Post
The main issue is the sheer lack of compatibility, I can't transfer anything to anywhere without itunes (which I really don't like to use). ?
Yes you can. Use DropBox. Works a treat.
__________________

AW Admin
About.Me
AWers On Twitter
Lisa L. Spangenberg
My opinions are my own. | Who else would want them?
Medievalist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:38 PM   #17
Dorky
practical experience, FTW
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 301
Dorky has a spectacular aura
Quote:
Originally Posted by Medievalist View Post
Yes you can. Use DropBox. Works a treat.
Yup. But, Defos, if you’re worried about the security of emailing, keep in mind that cloud services are not perfectly secure either.
__________________
Currently working on: Radiant (I seriously need a better title for this)
Dorky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #18
Nekko
New motto: more purr, less hiss
 
Nekko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Do you know where the middle of nowhere is? Four miles past that
Posts: 2,134
Nekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsNekko is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
I have both Pages and Word for Mac on my computer. I much prefer Pages. It doesn't have a gizzillion bells and whistles - which I never use- and it does everything I want it to.

Admittedly, I was disappointed when some 'newer' version of Pages came out (I think with Lion) that you no longer had the option to 'save as' a Word doc beyond the initial save.
When I need to send it someone who uses Word, I wind up exporting it as a Word doc (from the top menu bar: go to 'File'. In the drop down menu you'll see "export" - this will give you the option to export it to your desktop as a Word file or you can go to "Share" - send via mail - Word is an option) It requires a few extra steps, but I find it's not that big a deal.

Yes, once and a while there are formatting issues between the programs, but usually if you've done some fancy formatting: tables and such. Basic word processing shouldn't be a problem.

Defos
Quote:
The main issue is the sheer lack of compatibility, I can't transfer anything to anywhere without itunes (which I really don't like to use).
I have Pages on my iPad and then from that program I email myself. Not sure what you are sending that you worry about the 'security' of email. Paranoid much?
__________________
You can't... start to delete a word so you can change it to a different word but then keep the first letter of the old word...
it will eventually eat the new word's soul and turn it into an evil, undead word-zombie...

--jjdebenedictis


Me on FB
Nekko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 11:41 PM   #19
Defos
practical experience, FTW
 
Defos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: In bed
Posts: 899
Defos has a spectacular auraDefos has a spectacular aura
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nekko View Post
Paranoid much?
What gave you that idea

I've fixed machines with horrid viruses and tried to reclaimed files in the past, sometimes they are lost or too damaged to reclaim and after loosing work at university I have developed a back up paranoia that's kept me safe since.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/...n-hacking/all/

Google features security for mobile phones to make it harder for people to get in to email accounts that is worth looking at.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=zMabEyrtPRg

I have good practices and I'm not so paranoid to be honest but its happened and I regularly see people having these problems so I like to stay on the side of caution. (rant over )
Defos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 11:53 PM   #20
kuwisdelu
there is always hope
 
kuwisdelu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: W. Lafayette, IN
Posts: 31,553
kuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentskuwisdelu is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
If you use Pages on both a Mac and an iPad, you don't have to transfer files. They'll stay in sync via iCloud.
__________________
(a blog.) ...last updated 28 April 2014
kuwisdelu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 11:55 PM   #21
Cella
Friendly Flower
 
Cella's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 24,254
Cella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsCella is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
This is a good thread! Thanks for the info, everyone. I have Pages on my macbook air that I got pretty recently and can't seem to get adjusted to.

These suggestions should help things go more smoothly.

__________________
Where you start isn't nearly as important as where you finish. - quickWit
Cella is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 11:55 PM   #22
Medievalist
Cultus Gopherus MacAllister
SuperModerator
 
Medievalist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: An meodoheall monig dreama full
Posts: 25,529
Medievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsMedievalist is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by kuwisdelu View Post
If you use Pages on both a Mac and an iPad, you don't have to transfer files. They'll stay in sync via iCloud.
He's using Windows.
__________________

AW Admin
About.Me
AWers On Twitter
Lisa L. Spangenberg
My opinions are my own. | Who else would want them?
Medievalist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 01:48 AM   #23
Defos
practical experience, FTW
 
Defos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: In bed
Posts: 899
Defos has a spectacular auraDefos has a spectacular aura
Quote:
Originally Posted by Medievalist View Post
He's using Windows.
I do, I also have never used word and I'm reluctant to start. I learned most of 3DS max myself so why word scares me so much I dunno

I may just stick with pages, although it keeps changing from uk to us english.
Defos is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Custom Search

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)


All times are GMT +4.5. The time now is 04:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.