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Pages Software Application

On April 7, 2012, I finally took the time to install Pages, which is the word processor that came with the Package iWork, which I purchased about six months ago.

Since at the time I was on my way to getting an iMac and wasn’t really familiar with the system, I wasn’t comfortable in installing the software until I was ready to get my feet wet in the whole ordeal.

Lets take a moment to talk about what iWork comes with:

  • The first software application is Pages, which is the word processor that I’m going to talk about for the purposes of this blog post.
  • The Second software application that comes with iWork is Numbers, which is a spread sheet application.
  • the final software application to come with iWork is Keynote, a presentation application that allows the user to work with powerpoint slides.

At the time when I purchased the suite of applications, the software came pre-installed on a CD, and the price was around $99.99.

NOw, however, the user need not download all three applications. He/she has the choice of downloading only the applications that he/she needs.

Each application is $20.00, or one can purchase the whole kit for $60.00.

Anyone who owns a Mac running OS 10.6.8 or later and who wants to give this software a shot can do so by purchasing from the Mac Appstore, which is found in the Apple menu.

Getting back to Pages.

As stated above, Pages is a Word processor which allows the user to write and edit text in a document file. As with any word processor, the user can enhance the text by applying formatting options such as bold, underline, and italic. I found using these enhancement commands easy to use, as Pages not only provides full accessibility, but allows the enhanced commands to be invoked by the keyboard. Alternatively, the user can find these commands in the format menu in the Pages application.

On the Pc side, the user in Microsoft Word along with Jaws is able to use the word processor, as Jaws has been scripted to work with Microsoft Word providing the user with the enhanced shortcut commands. However, the point I’m trying to illustrate is that Pages has these commands built right in the application while Voice over is simply there to read the information as a screen reader.

It is true the Microsoft Word is a really powerful word processor, but when you consider the $20.00 is the cost of Pages, it is a well buy for the buck and does most of the jobs needed for the every day average person wanting to produce documents.

Hopefully Microsoft Office Word on the mac will become more accessible; however, this can only be determined in time.

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I enjoyed reading this blog post. I found it to be very informative. I am currently using a Mac and I considered purchasing Pages at one time. However, I recently used Text Edit to produce a resume, and now I am beginning to wonder if pages is necessary for me. From reading the blog post, it seems as though Pages and Text Edit are quite similar. I am curious to know what factors should be considered when choosing between Pages and Text Edit.

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