Pages is a full word processor at your fingertips – but it’s not without its flaws
It makes sense for Apple to deliver the superb Pages on iPad thanks to how well the device is suited to word processing on the move.
Pages has a large, clear screen, plenty of space for a chunky on-screen keyboard and it boasts a wealth of connectivity options. When creating their first document, users are greeted with 15 preset template options to suit many needs.
Starting from scratch with a blank spread and turning it into a custom document is as simple as using Word or the OS X version of Pages, thanks to the wealth of formatting and file embedding options available.
Typing at speed is as intuitive as using a physical keyboard with no lag between input and page display. Text can be aligned, formatted, tabbed and manipulated at speed using custom toolbars at the top of the screen. Viewing pages in both portrait and landscape is superb and while landscape may give users a bigger keyboard to play with, portrait mode works just as well.
Correcting formatting mistakes is a simple case of tapping or dragging over the area of interest and hitting the Inspector tab, which then displays the full range of formatting options available for that region. Additionally, text errors can be corrected using the iPad’s native dictionary function.
Once users are happy with their finished documents, they can be saved into an on-board document folder that can also be emailed to contacts or exported to your desktop Mac or iWork.com account. It’s simple and it works a treat, however, there are some glaring feature omissions that hold the Pages app back. For starters there are no character or page count trackers.
Users are also unable to print documents due to a lack of device connectivity, and finally, Pages comes without the option to track changes. Although it is missing a few key features, users are unlikely to find a more powerful word processor available for iPad. The range of features the app does offer more than justifies the price, but we expect future updates to rectify the shortcomings of this most recent build.
Largely powerful, the Pages app sadly misses features that other word processors deliver as standard.
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