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Pages as a replacement for Word for a post-graduate uni student.

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I would like to know if Pages is a decent replacement for MS Word for a post-graduate student. I have used MS Word my whole life (including my undergrad degree) but have recently upgraded to a MacBook Pro. MS Word has always been a frustrating mess and mostly my reason for upgrading to a Mac was the simplicity and usability of my iPhone...  just wondering now if there is simplicity and usability in Pages and can it still produce  a professional paper of Masters-level.

  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,870 points)

    Hi Dan,

     

    Pages is a great word processor, but conversion to and from Word may not support all the features of both. If your journal editor asks for a Word document, best to use Word for Mac or one of the clones such as Libre Office. Avoid near-deadline panics!

     

    Regards,

    Ian

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)

    Pages is not a clone of MS Word. Each has its own strengths, weaknesses, frustrations, and degree of interoperability. While still in academic pursuit, I would recommend that you use Office for Mac 2011 for maximum compatibility with faculty document interchange, and capitalize on your present MS Word experience.

     

    My personal Mac has the latest Pages and LibreOffice installed. My work related MacBook Pro has Office for Mac 2011 and LibreOffice (my decision) installed. I am in a workgroup of about 100 people that mostly use Macs to communicate within an organization of thousands still using MS Office on PCs. No one wants to bet their career that Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will provide replacement file export compatibility in this mixed (and political) document community.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,805 points)

    As the others have said, if the people evaluating your work are using Office, then it makes sense to minimize compatibility risks by using it yourself.

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