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Is Pages really so bad compared to MSWord?

245 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2012 6:10 AM by fruhulda RSS
Stu-art Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 17, 2012 2:18 AM

Hi, I keep reading bad reviews about Pages, and compatibility problems with MSWord. But at £14 for just Pages rather than £80 for Office (including Outlook, which is not needed), can it really be so bad? Seems that it's Word that has problems reading Pages files, not the other way round? And the problems are only for complex tables and formatting, right? But are Pages and Word compatible for 97% of word processing -- straight text?

A friend needs new word processing software for a project we're working on (including English language plus foreign text fonts / characters), and is thinking about Pages. I'm using Office 2011 for Mac.

Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 5:19 AM (in response to Stu-art)

    It depends entirely on the complexity of your project and your mutual tolerance for fixing things that do not translate perfectly.


    If you are a student who needs to satisfy a professor or an employee who needs to satisfy a boss and these folks all use MS Word, it don't think it makes sense to handicap yourself by using something different.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:02 AM (in response to Stu-art)

    It is not MsWord's fault if an application fails to accurately create .doc files. Especially when there are applications like LibreOffice, NeoOffice, OpenOffice, Bean and even TextEdit that do a better job of it.


    Pages does not do R to L text competently, but then Word for Mac doesn't do it at all.


    The most compatible application with MsWord for Windows is MsWord for Windows, no exceptions.



  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:10 AM (in response to Stu-art)

    Try the free LibreOffice.


    Pages works well with Word when it comes to text documents and the Comments can be seen by both applications if used.


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