So, this doesn't 100% solve your problem or make Pages as useable as the last version, but if you click "View" > "Show Page Thumbnails", then you get a running list of your pages in preview on the left of your window (Along with the page count per page). The page you're on will be highlighted in blue and if you scroll down on it, it'll quickly show you your full page count without taking you off your present page.
Yes, this isn't as helpful as just glancing down; but it's quicker than scrolling through your pages after settign up a page count, and you don't lose track of where you're at...
Hope that helps!
I was looking for the same thing--a fast indication of what page I was on so I could print only one selected page out of a long document.
The new "solution" of page thumbnails is certainly inelegant and takes up more space on my screen!
I am missing a lot of the old, simpler features. I hope the developers read these forums.
Thanks for the answer, ibdo!
I wrote a short AppleScript solution that informs about the current document page as a pop-up dialog. This is for Pages v5+ only. I created and saved an Automator Application named CurrentPage to my Desktop. Providing that Pages is running, it will produce the dialog shown in subsequent Automator screen shot.
Double-click /Applications/Automator and choose New Document, Application, and Choose. Follow the Utilities > Run AppleScript (not Shell Script as shown), and drag Run AppleScript over into the larger window and drop it. Select all of its contents and remove them -- this is just boilerplate.
Copy and paste the following AppleScript into the now vacant Run AppleScript workflow window. Click the hammer, and File > Save... pick a name, and location to save the application where it is handy. Quit Automator.
-- Produce formatted dialog of document name, current page, and page count
-- Pages v5+ only. Works whether typing in document or scrolling pages.
-- VikingOSX, June 2014, Apple Support Community - Pages for Mac.
if not ApplicationIsRunning("Pages") then
display dialog "Pages must be running to use this utility."
tell application "Pages"
tell front document
set diagTitle to "Current Document Page"
set docName to (name as text)
set thePage to current page
set curPage to 0
set pageCnt to page count
set pnList to its page
repeat with ndx from 1 to count of pnList
if thePage is equal to item ndx of pnList then
set curPage to ndx
set vformat to "Document: " & tab & tab & docName & return ¬
& "Current Page: " & tab & curPage & return ¬
& "Total Pages: " & tab & tab & pageCnt
display dialog (vformat as text) giving up after 15 with title diagTitle
tell application "System Events" to set appNameIsRunning to exists (processes where name is appName)