Oh, how I dislike Apple’s Pages program (#SFWApro)

One of the minor annoyances when I got my new computer earlier this year is that Apple no longer supports MS Word (I knew this going in). I didn’t particularly want to switch Apple’s Pages program, no matter how much they blather about its awesome graphics and design capabilities. I’m a writer. I use text. And I knew there’d be just enough differences from Word to be distracting.

Over time, annoyance has risen to serious dislike. Partly it’s the continued annoyances, but I do a lot of stuff in Scrivener, so that’s minimized.

A bigger issue is that there doesn’t seem to be any way to format a standard manuscript in Pages. When I open a formatted Word manuscript, the first page is blank. If I fix that, then the first page header becomes the same as all the other headers. As far as I can tell from using Help or the instructions, there’s no way to fix this, and no way to differentiate first page and subsequent headers in a new document.

That’s incredibly inconvenient. Fortunately as it can save to Word and I still have my old computer, I can just transfer the stories and get them in proper format there.

Still, it’s amazingly annoying I need to do that at all. It’s not like text-writing programs are cutting edge, I’m sure Apple could have managed to keep all of Word’s features if they wanted.

To end on an up note, here’s Powers’ cover for Robert Heinlein’s Double Star. All rights to image remain with current holder.

3 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

3 responses to “Oh, how I dislike Apple’s Pages program (#SFWApro)

  1. Have you tried LibreOffice? I don’t know how stable/usable the Mac version is, but the Windows one is quite serviceable for formatting.

  2. Tried it. My Air shut it down.

  3. Pingback: Accomplishments for the week and the month | Fraser Sherman's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.