Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2013 10:56 AM (in response to moebelli)
Go back to Pages '09 which should still be in your Applications/iWork folder.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2013 11:02 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
Note that if you choose to go back to Pages 4.3, you'll need to either be very careful to open all Pages docs IN 4.3 or you may want to disable Pages 5 so that it doesn't open things by default, which it will do if you just double click on Pages files in the Finder with it installed. Either zip it, or turn it into a Disk image using Disk Utility, or move it to an external drive or USB stick.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to moebelli)
…and go to the App Store and rate/review Pages 5.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to PaddyD)
Yes, maybe I should go back to the old Pages, the new side panel and flipping between tabs inside it, seems time consuming. A small top menubar with most common items (that could be changed to suit your needs) seems the best way to go with a word processor.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2013 5:03 PM (in response to moebelli)
Actually I have just tested Pages 5 and yes you can turn off the side panel by clicking on the Format icon (Paintbrush) top right.
However since 95% of all your styling is only visible there, you will be turning it on and off a lot.
You used to be able to show and hide the Inspectors with a keyboard shortcut in Pages '09, so that will still be your best option on your laptop.
You raise a very valid point about the actual useability of the new UI.
I disagree with the new User Interface for other reasons, principally it does such a poor job of showing the correct settings for users as needed, this just makes it one more reason to give it an F.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2013 5:42 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
For some reason, when I turn the panel off, it still comes on the next day, when I call that document up (after having turned off my iMac). I have 8-9 docs, I'm sure I turned off that panel -- yet it seems to spring back.
Anyhow, yes, agree with you the new interface, it feels incomplete and old. Like Pages 5 was a word processor from the 90's.
Going to unfortunately dust off Microsoft Word for the Mac now and use that (I don't want Pages 09, it now seems like an abandoned ship that won't get updated or supported by Apple).