“For word processing, the Apple iWork ’06 Pages program is no match for Microsoft Word or ThinkFree Office 3.0. But it’s capable, and its ability to create gorgeous documents easily is unequaled on the Mac,” Galen Fott writes in his review for PC Magazine.
Among his “pros,” Fott lists, “3D charts and calculations in tables. Enhanced shape tools. Image-adjustment controls. Gorgeous templates and themes, along with many other enhancements.”
Fott’s “cons” include, “No spreadsheet application. The word-processing component of the Pages application isn’t as powerful as Microsoft Word. No upgrade pricing.”
“Performance on a PowerMac G5 Quad, an iBook G4, and an Intel-based iMac was satisfactorily speedy on my tests. Compatibility with Word and PowerPoint files isn’t without the occasional hitch, but Pages could stand on its own as a complementary page-layout program for Word devotees. Indeed, until the day that the rumored spreadsheet application materializes, Apple might do well to split iWork into two separately sold programs,” Fott writes.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jennifer” for the heads up.]
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