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pages can't handle the load?

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rachel422 Calculating status...
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Jan 23, 2013 5:40 AM

I wrote a 400-page manuscript in Pages (117,000 words) with absolutely no issues. I exported it to Word and sent it to my Editor. She Worked in Word, tracking her minor edits and making margin comments along the way. Then she sent it back to me with her tracked changes. Pages doesn't seem to be capable of handling it now. I open it, it takes awhile to load, and as soon as I try to scroll, or even accept any of her changes, I get a beachball, and it eventually Quits.

Is it my computer? Or is this a common problem with Pages? Is there a fix?

I upgraded pages to 4.3 but that did nothing to improve this problem.


I have to be able to process these edits somehow. Any help will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 6:30 AM (in response to rachel422)

    I am always amazed that people will commit to such large projects on the faith that Pages is a simple clone of MsWord, which it is not. At the minimum a quick test of exchanging documents would be in order.


    Try a much tighter clone of MsOffive: LibreOffice [free] and see if you can open the document with that. Also I'd test the file you were given on a PC with MsWord and a Mac with MsWord if they are available. Sometimes the file is not what it seems.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to rachel422)

    Sorry thanks for the additional clarification. Still my opinion still stands that Pages isn't really up to it on several fronts.


    1. The continued cycle of exporting and reimporting


    2. The length


    Have you tried opening it with LibreOffice, before paying for Word for Mac which is not cheap and is also not absolutely 100% a match for Ms Office on the PC. Word for Mac will be the absolutely most compatible with the PC version, the most compatible will be the PC version, but LibreOffice might just do.


    TextEdit will also open Word files but I am not sure about comments.



  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 9:54 AM (in response to rachel422)



    The most critical path is the punctual Editorial roundtrip of your manuscript revisions. You cannot afford to work with tools that circumvent that goal.


    There is a possibility that your manuscript has grown to where working with it in Pages randomly exhausts available system memory. If your machine has only 4GB of memory, and you are accustomed to concurrently open applications and documents while working on your manuscript-- try rebooting and use Pages exclusively. Any change?


    If no improvement from the preceding paragraph, you may have simply hit the wall with Pages compatibility and would be well advised to purchase Office 2011 for Mac before April 30, 2013. If you do, you will qualify for a free download of the next (2013) version. Though both free downloads, neither Apache OpenOffice nor its descendent LibreOffice offer 100% document compatibility with MS Word. Even after 20 years of development evolution, you still have to pull down a menu to see the word count.


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