i am having an issue using pages (newish mac user) where i create a new Pages document for a project, put the date in the header, save this document when complete and then print to pdf to send a client a stable (no format issues) archive copy (no accidental date changes or text deletions).
however, this means that i am saving TWO sets of documents which is a pain.
in part i save the pages document so that i can create a NEW document by opening this pages document, updating the DATE and then changing the text - and saving out with a different file name. then i PRINT this to pdf and i have two new documents with one being the Pages and one being the PDF that is sent to the client.
it seems like there are two issues to doing this with one being that i am always saving two sets of documents. the other is that the Pages document is really like some kind of "soft" copy since it can get accidentally over-written (happens) or can get the date accidentally changed (happens) or some other mistake over time. on the other hand i need this Pages document mostly to create a new updated version of this "template" but also if i have to copy and paste information from this doc into a new doc i am not sure if i can do this by going to the "archived copy" which is in ACROBAT PDF.
can anyone help me figure out if i can minimize this sort of clunky and unwieldy workflow?
one thing i am wondering is if there is a way to create an actual Template in Pages (after creating the first pages document) and then save this as a Template and always open this Template any time i need to create a new document of this type. the other thing i am wondering is if there is a "lock functionality" (i am on both Lion and Mountain Lion because i cannot update the Mac Pro to ML which is a bit of a pain) in Pages that would let me "archive" the Pages document so i knew this never got changed.
it seems like this would be helpful over here since the "template copy" would actually exist in Pages and all the "archive copies" would exist in the project folder.
anyone able to help me with some specific suggestions perhaps as to how it relates to their workflow?