First off, I would like to apologize for not posting in a while. Life has been busy to say the least. Also, due to the amount of time I have to think about my blog posts, I have been struggling to come up with relevant content. This is why I created the suggestions page, so I urge you to suggest topics you would enjoy reading about. Now, on to the subject at hand.
For thirteen of my life, or maybe little less than that, I used Microsoft Word to type papers and do projects. I grew up in a house and a family that were strictly PC users. In 2011, I purchased my first iMac, and thus the pages era was born (for me anyway). Pages was released just 9 years ago, whereas Microsoft Word was released 19 years ago. Regardless of the release date of each processor, I consider one to be superior to the other. Indeed as you might have guessed, I prefer Pages.
After reading an article on this subject in the New York Times, I would agree that choosing a Word Processor comes down to three main categories: Appearance, Compatibility, and Sharing. So, let’s go through each category.
1. Appearance: The user-interface is arguably one of the most important selling points for software. Microsoft Word has been around a lot longer than Pages and Bill Gates knew what he was doing when he designed Word. Growing up using Word, I can attest that for years Microsoft was ahead of the game. From the toolbar to any other function imaginable, Word was king. But, then Apple came along and released Pages in 2005 and we all know who is superior when it comes to design. Unlike the cramped feel of Word, Pages has a natural, minimal layout that is supreme. It is easier to use and easier on the eyes.
2. Compatibility: For years, Word and Pages documents were not compatible. In fact, the two do not always support the same fonts and layouts, so when you edit one with the other program, it changes your document. That can be very frustrating! Apple has worked hard to make sure Pages is compatible across all Apple devices. The Pages app works on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Therefore, one can edit a document on Mac and then continue working on it form another device. Better yet, with iWork in the Cloud anyone can edit iWork projects or documents from any computer. Did I mention that Microsoft Word has no mobile app? Thus, again, rendering Pages superior!
3. Sharing: Apparently, many people do not choose to switch from Word to Pages because their coworkers still have Word. This is a sad excuse to deny oneself happiness. With the newest version of Pages, one can share a document by exporting it as a Pages, PDF, or Word file. A new feature also allows one to email a link to one’s document. When opened, the recipient can edit, comment, and collaborate with the creator. Pages is also cheaper than Word, at just $20 (Word is $80). Sounds pretty great, right?
Long story short, I prefer Pages over Word. I can begin a document on my Mac and finish it on my iPad at school. It is beautiful, simple, and easy to use. I would submit that once you try Pages, you might not go back!