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Authored by: b17bmbr on Jan 25, '05 05:44:30PM

what if you just want to write a simple document? and how would pages compare to abiword? there is a really nice os x port and i love it. it isn't word, but that's a plus for most things, and OO.org writer is so slooooowwwww..... and unlike the X11 abiword, all the fonts are there. and it doesn't matter that abi is free, because i use keynote in my classroom everyday, and will buy k2 regardless if it comes w/pages or not. just that i use abi for most wp. it rocks!!



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Authored by: robg on Jan 25, '05 05:53:50PM

Simple documents work fine; the pre-built letters templates will save a bunch of formatting time, even for simple docs. Letters, etc. will fly out. I'm going to try it for my normal personal communications for a bit and see how it does...

-rob.



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Authored by: terceiro on Jan 25, '05 11:40:02PM

I, too, bought iWork just to get the updated Keynote, becuase I use it just about every day. And that's just because I think that Powerpoint makes the most visually awful presentations imaginable.

Pages is a fine first step. I'm playing with it, creating some basic templates for my own writing (a standard MLA template, for instance), which was nice and quick and easy to create.

What I did appreciate about Pages is the ability to import all the styles from another document easily, and then use the drawer to quickly select the style. Also, when you deviate from a style, it indicates quietly (but clearly) with a small red triangle in place of the standard black one.

It's the styles which, for me, made it stand out. For a while, at least, it'll replace Word. More for curiosity, I suppose, than necessity. I suppose I should note that for me at least, Pages does a better job than Word in keeping up with my typing. And it doesn't have the annoying "no-response-until-the-second-keypress" bug that's in Word v. X and 2004. That's a huge relief in itself.

If only it worked with Endnote 6... Does anyone know if it integrates with any other bibliography software? Will it work with Endnote 8? What about Bookends? Sente?



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Authored by: jctull on Jan 27, '05 01:33:48PM

Endnote has support for scanning rtf docs, so you should be able to creat a manuscript, export as rtf, then scan that file. So yes and no. It will work, but it will not have the nice features that they make available only in Word, like unscanning a document, direct interaction with the database, etc. I would say give it a try anyway. It is easy enough to switch to Endnote, copy your citation(s), then paste that in place in your ms. Not much different than what the add-in in Word offers, but without search, etc.



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