Pages is both a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout tool. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.
Your instant design studio.
Even before you start writing, your document looks great. With over 180 Apple-designed templates to choose from, a professionally polished resume, brochure, school report, or invitation is waiting for you to make it your own. Use the Template Chooser to quickly skim, preview, and resize each thumbnail. Add your own words in the text placeholders. Use the Media Browser to drop photos from your iPhoto library directly into the graphics placeholders. And there you have it: a beautifully designed, professional-quality document created in minutes.
Tables and charts make data instantly more compelling. You can copy and paste charts from Numbers into your document. The data is linked, so when you edit your spreadsheet, you can update the same chart in Pages with just a click.
Every word counts.
Creating great-looking documents is simple with Pages. At the top of the page, the contextual format bar lets you do the basics — formatting text and adjusting images — with just one click. View and choose fonts with the “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) font menu. Change text size and color. Adjust line spacing and paragraph alignment. Apply character and paragraph styles. When you select a photo, shape, or table on the page, the format bar displays tools to adjust the images. And while you write, Pages can automatically format lists with bullets or numbers, check your spelling, proofread your document, and generate a table of contents.
Fine-tuning your document is easy, too. You can add headers, footers, footnotes, and bookmarks with a few clicks. Insert section, layout, and page breaks from a pull-down menu. And the word count is visible at the bottom of the page — just click the total to see details including the number of characters, lines, paragraphs, and more. When it comes to word processing, streamlined and smart come standard in Pages.
There’s more to the story.
Any word processor can help you type. Pages gives you all the tools you need to write and to perfect your writing. Now you can view your document full screen. With one click, clutter disappears so you can focus on what you’re writing and make changes without distractions. Organize your ideas in Outline mode. Create an outline with multiple levels, expand or collapse topics, and drag and drop to promote or demote items. Mail merge takes your data from Numbers or your contacts from Address Book to create personalized letters, invoices, and faxes. And in Pages, you can insert sophisticated equations into your lab reports with MathType 6 and add professional bibliographies to your research papers using EndNote X2.
When it’s time for comments and feedback, change tracking makes collaboration with anyone easier, clearer, and more concise. And it’s always easy to find your place. Next to your document, you see thumbnails of all your pages and sections, including changes that have been made. Quickly copy or delete a section. Or drag and drop to move sections around. Scroll through thumbnails to preview your document or enlarge them for a better view.
Create your own design from a blank canvas — Pages makes page layout easy. Choose fonts and add images, graphics, tables, and 3D charts. Powerful graphics tools let you resize and rotate photos, apply reflections and shadows, add picture frames, and remove backgrounds from images with a simple point and click. You can even control the text: how it looks, how it flows, and how it wraps around images. Move everything around on the free-form canvas until you see the layout you envisioned.
It’s an easy read. In any format.
Pages makes it simple to share your documents with colleagues and friends. You can open Microsoft Word files in Pages and save your Pages documents as Word files. With powerful graphics and formatting tools, it’s easy to make Word documents look great in Pages. You can also save your Pages documents as RTF files or as plain text. Or export them as ePub or PDF files — both formats are compatible with iBooks on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Using the email option, send Pages, Word, or PDF documents right from Pages using Mac OS X Mail.
Turn your documents into ebooks.
With iBooks, you can store and read documents you create in Pages on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. For reports or books with lots of text, export to ePub format. ePub is an open ebook standard that works with just about any e-reader. Send your ePub document to iBooks via iTunes, self-publish it on the iBookstore, or send it in an email to friends and colleagues. In iBooks, you can select a font and size that are easy to read. The text automatically reflows to fit the size and orientation of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch screen. For graphics-rich documents with more advanced layouts — newsletters and brochures, for example — export your document as a PDF file. This keeps your document looking exactly like the original, no matter which device you’re using.