Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2012 12:01 PM (in response to Mr. Seek Help)
The latest is 4.2 (1008). The number in parentheses is the build number. You only need to update to 4.2 if you are using Mountain Lion as it adds the ability to use Mountain Lion-only features. Pages 4.2 can open any Pages documents created with any version Pages 4/'09 or any earlier version of Pages.
If you do have Mountain Lion, updating Pages depends on how you bought it in the first place.
If you bought Pages from the Mac App Store:
Launch Mac App Store & click on Purchases. You should now see an INSTALL button. Click that, enter your password, if necessary, & you should now have the latest version.
If you installed Pages from a retail box or purchased a license from the downloaded trial:
First, you must make sure the applications are where the installer initially put them. The updaters are very picky. If the location is not where the updater is programmed to look or if the folder doesn't have the name the updater looks for, it will not work. The applications cannot be renamed or moved. All three applications must be in the iWork '09 folder in Applications. That iWork folder must be named iWork '09. If it doesn't have the '09 Software Update won't find them & the updaters won't work.
Now, choose Software Update from the Apple menu, from System Preferences or launch the Mac App Store & click Updates. You should get a window similar to this screenshot. Now click the Update button next to iWork 9.2.
Alternatively, you can download the standalone update here.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to Peggy)
Thanks so much for answering my questions so completely.
Can you please tell me this : If I do download the 4.2 version, what are the additional features that I could expect to use ?
I produce reports, combining photos with text. I do not use graphs or tables, etc.
Is the Alpha feature of 4.2 better than 4.1 (where one can cut out images in photos ?)
I am always petrified of downloading a new program, for fear of screwing something up. Therefore I will not do it unless I think the advantages outweigh the possible aggravation.
Many thanks again ... Don
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to Mr. Seek Help)
This is from the updater page I linked above:
About iWork 9.2
iWork Update 9.2 adds support for the following features available on OS X Mountain Lion:
- iCloud: Store documents in iCloud and keep them automatically up to date across your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and the web. Changes made to a document on one device automatically appear on all your other devices. Requires iWork for iOS 1.6.1 or later installed on iOS device.
- Dictation: Speak words, numbers, or sentences and watch them appear in your presentation, document, or spreadsheet.
- The iWork apps are also enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on new Mac hardware so presentations, documents, and spreadsheets appear sharper and more vibrant.
I haven't noticed any change with instant alpha, but I rarely use it in Pages. I prefer to edit images in GraphicConverter or Preview before inserting them into my iWork documents.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2012 2:44 PM (in response to Peggy)
You mentioned this program Graphic Converter ... I looked it up on Google ... and I am not sure it has features that I need.
However, does it do what Alpha does in Pages (under Format). Sometimes in Pages the Alpha job does not look so good (this is to cut out background from a selected image on a jpg photo).
If Graphic Converter were to do that better than Pages, then I might buy and dowload it.
Many thanks for your reply. Hope it is not too much trouble for you to check in Graphic Converter.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2012 4:00 PM (in response to Mr. Seek Help)