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Another way to view a Pages file in Windows Apps
There are plenty of export options in Pages for crossplatform compatibility (.pdf, .doc, .rtf and .txt are all obvious choices). If you happen to find yourself on a PC and have to open a .pages file, you might think that you're stuck. There is a simple workaround, however.

It turns out that the document bundle used by iWork 09 is just a zipped folder. [crarko adds: As documented in this previous hint.] Here's what to do (on the PC):
  • Save the file to your desktop.
  • Right Click the file and select 'Rename' in the popup menu.
  • Append .zip to the end of the file and press Enter.
  • Open the zipped folder and view its contents.
What you see inside the folder are some files and a QuickLook folder. Inside the QuickLook folder there is a file named 'Preview.pdf' and that is the Pages document in PDF format. It can be opened in Adobe Reader or another PDF reader for viewing or printing. You would need a PDF editing tool to edit it, of course.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I took a look at Keynote and Numbers files, and they behave similarly except that the Quick Look preview files are JPEGs and not PDFs. This hint will not work with earlier versions of iWork, as they used a different file format, discussed in the hint I mention above.]
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Another way to view a Pages file in Windows
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Oct 27, '10 07:56:12AM

Note that this will only work if the "Include preview in document" option was checked in the Save dialog in Pages.



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Another way to view a Pages file in Windows
Authored by: S Barman on Oct 27, '10 02:18:50PM

The Microsoft .docx file is also a .zip archive but there is not equivalent "Preview" option. You can find the word/document.xml file and recreate the original, if necessary.



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An easier way
Authored by: schmrtzzz on Oct 28, '10 05:51:31AM

Great tip. Tried it with a friend. And it works! He discovered an even easier way, at least on a Mac: just right-click the document, choose <Open with... Archive utility> (or a programme like The Unarchiver) and you get a zip also. Faster and easier. Don't know if this is possible on a Windows-machine.



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