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Pages for iOS

By Apple $19.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 19, 2012

Pages for iOS may not be as sophisticated as other desktop word-processing apps, but it packs plenty of punch when you just want a way to produce nice-looking documents on the go. After only a few minutes playing around with the controls, we were able to create documents with stylized text, imported images, tables, and graphs, and make formatting changes on-the-fly, all using the touch-screen keyboard. The program comes with 16 Apple-designed templates to start from, including standard letters, letters with photos, resume layouts, project reports, and many more. With Apple's keyboard dock connected, Pages performed much like a word processor on a desktop computer, with the one major difference of using the touch screen, rather than a mouse, to perform formatting and other file management actions. On the iPhone, a newly added Smart Zoom feature lets you focus in on the job at hand, but the smaller screen real estate makes working a little cramped. Still, it's definitely convenient to be able to edit documents quickly on your phone.

Pages offers several text-formatting options right in the ruler at the top of the screen. Change fonts and font size, bold or italicize text, underline words, and more all from the top of any document. If you want to change Web standard heading and text sizes, highlight the text in question, touch the "i" button at the top of the screen, then scroll through the available options. This particular set of menus is where you'll find text allignment options as well as useful tools for creating lists and other layout options. Alternatively, fonts can be changed using the same menu, but you'll need to scroll to the bottom to select Text Options to change fonts, font size, and text color for your selection.

Though Pages for iOS doesn't have as many features as a desktop word processor, the features it does have are both useful for writing on the go and smart. A button in the top part of the interface lets you bring in images, tables, and graphs with only a few touches of your finger. Once placed, you can resize an image and the text automatically wraps around it on the fly. A two-finger touch lets you rotate the image so you can make your document look exactly the way you want. Similarly, once a table is placed, you can add columns or rows and edit the title fields to your specs all with a few touches of the screen. Graphs offer the same smart functionality found in iWork for the desktop, letting you double-tap a part of the graph to edit the spreadsheet from where the data is drawn, changing the visual representation of the data in your document automatically. Pages comes with auto spellcheck and document edge guides to make sure your work is error-free and fits within standard document sizes, but each of these can be turned off in the settings if your work requires a more customized approach.

When you're done with your project in Pages, you have a few options for what to do with your document. You can send the document via e-mail, share the document on iWork.com (registration with Apple required), print the document to a local printer using AirPrint, or export your work in Pages format, PDF, or Microsoft's DOC format. Also, if you are connected to iTunes, you can quickly export your document to your desktop and finish the job there.

Overall, we think Pages is an excellent word processor for the iOS, with just enough features to make great-looking documents wherever you are. Though it is not as complex as desktop word processors, and a little harder to use on the iPhone than the iPad, the features offered are perfect for when you need to work on the go. In any case, for word processing on iOS, Pages is the app to beat.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.5

General

Release March 4, 2011
Date Added March 4, 2011
Version 4.0.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,478
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Pages 09 is both a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout application. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.Pages starts with an enhanced Template Chooser that lets you skim through more than 180 Apple-designed templates. You can easily create stunning documents, ranging from a simple letter to a professionally polished resume to a newsletter and more. Or start with a blank page and create your own design on a free-form canvas. Whatever you write, Pages puts powerful tools at your fingertips. So you can create beautiful, media-rich documents in minutes.Streamlined word processor Simple interface that lets you launch and start typing in seconds Paragraph and character styles Automatic list formatting Flexible structure for creating any type of document with section, layout, and page breaks Table of contentsAdvanced writing tools Full-screen view Outline mode Seamless integration with MathType 6 and EndNote X4* Change tracking Mail merge with Address Book or Numbers Spell checker and proofreader Search view Page Navigator Word processing utilities including word count and automatic page numberingGreat-looking documents in minutes Over 180 Apple-designed templates Advanced Template Chooser iLife Media Browser for quick access to iLife photos, movies, and music Powerful graphics tools including Instant Alpha, masking, and photo adjustments Tables with headers, cell formatting, and calculations 2D and 3D charts Typography features including smart quotes, ligatures, and automatic scalingPowerful page layout Free-form graphics canvas Control over text flow with linked text boxes Text wrappingCompatibility and sharing Import and export Microsoft Word documents Send as a Pages, Word, or PDF file directly to email Share online using iWork.com public beta Import AppleWorks word processing documents Export PDF and ePub files Import and export RTF documents Import a wide range of media types including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, EPS, PDF, AIFF, MP3, AAC, and MOV* MathType and EndNote both sold separately. EndNote integration requires plug-in available from Pages support link.Some features may require Internet access; additional fees and terms may apply.iWork does not include support for some Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (CJK) text input features such as vertical text.