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  • cheekyjeremy Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 4:51 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Love it. I wrote a review in the app store just politely (not dramatic, not crude etc) mentioning some of the feature changes that have happened with this release, and that if those specific functions are important to you, be careful with the upgrade. Apple deleted my review

  • Gregory Lawhorn Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 5:10 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Character styles are GONE

     

    Why in the name of Steve Jobs would they remove character styles?

     

    I was really looking forward to using Pages on my Mac and iPad both, and really like the full compatibility, so I'll have to give some thought to my workflow. But, I'm very close to going back to Word

  • T2YUKI Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 5:34 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    AppleScript Library for Pages 5 has changed and many classes and commands are gone.

  • santranyc Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 6:04 AM (in response to Gregory Lawhorn)

    As Edward Cross penned in a different thread: "Character styles are still there. Highlight some text and in the TEXT inspector to the right look directly under where the Bold, Italic and Underline buttons are."

  • Kenneth Collins1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    We aren't as stupid as Apple apparently thinks we are.

     

    They improved iOS Pages (Pages Jr.) and ported it to the Mac. That's great, and there is a need for that. However, there is still a huge need for the features in Pages '09, which they have been neglecting, apparently because they didn't realize we were using it.

     

    If Apple had any sense, they'd keep the new degraded version of Pages, then rename Pages 09 and continue it as a separate, professional-level product.

     

    Some people need one, some people need the other, and some people need both.

  • houltmac Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2013 6:18 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Missing: Layout breaks and corresponding options such as Layout Margins etc

  • Don Nelson Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 6:59 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    If I'm being charitable—speaking as an engineer myself—I'd say that Apple decided that Pages needed to be completely rearchitected and rewritten from the ground up in order to facilitate parity with the iOS versions moving forward. Clearly this is their goal, and I agree with this approach in principle.

     

    If Pages 5.0 had been advertised as a "Beta" or a preview of the new direction (as Apple is doing with the web apps), with Pages 4.3 still fully supported, I'd be much more understanding of this direction. Instead, new buyers of Macs will not get Pages 4.3, which is reasonably feature-complete; instead they will get Pages 5.0 and soon discover that complex documents (most of mine, for instance) are simply not possible using Pages 5.0. They will then look to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, etc. to provide what they need.

     

    Thankfully, I still have Pages 4.3 and I have reasonable optimism that Pages 5.x will eventually reach feature parity with 4.3. But how long will this take and how many sophisticated users will simply abandon Pages as a professional tool in the mean time?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 8:03 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Missing:  RTF export and import?

  • jonathan.minter Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2013 8:17 AM (in response to Don Nelson)

    Seems like a reasonable guess as to what happened, and I agree with your suggestions. Re-brand or go with beta, or something like that. But they completely botched this...

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