Apple iWork 09
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Full user review
"Pages Beats Word Hands Down"
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
We use Pages as the only word processor in our law office. We have effectively done away with Word. Pages is far superior in nearly every way. If you give Pages a chance, if you learn Pages and don't demand it have the same interface as Word, you will quickly discover that Pages kicks Word's butt.
The first thing it is is stable. That alone makes it superior to Word. However, it is fast, has tons of features, and clean. MS Office is bloated. Word is slow. Word is buggy. And of course, Word and MS Office is expensive and poorly supported on Macintosh. Pages is a gazelle, Word is an elephant.
Serious writers should look hard at Pages. If it works in a law firm, with line numbered documents, and the very strict formatting requirements court's require, it will work for most people.
We switched out of frustration over the slowness and instability of MS Office. However, even if Microsoft were to suddenly fix their software, an unlikely possibility, we'd stay with Pages. This program is clean, stable, and well done. Nice work, Apple.
And Keynote is exceptional. Numbers, I can't vouch for. But it seems easier to use than Excel.