- This interesting bit appeared in comp.sys.mac.apps:
> For those who missed it, here is a Pages review:John R.
> Pages is not your typical word processor. In many ways, it’s no threat
> to the dominance of Microsoft Word. For instance, Pages isn’t for you
> - You need a form letter to send to hundreds of contacts, with each
> contact’s name and address substituted into the letter
> - You often need to count the number of words in a selection of text
> (Pages will only give you full-document totals)
> - You have multiple users updating documents and need the ability to
> track the changes that each makes
> - You're an advanced user who relies on macros to automate your word
> processing tasks.
> Well I must say this is a profound disappointment. It seems we have a
> plethora of low end products: Appleworks, Nissus, Mellel, Mariner,
> ThinkFree, and now Pages. [expletive deleted]
> We need a secure, high end, elegant product written to take full
> advantage of OS X, its Unix underpinnings, and other Apple tools
> including Applescript, Services, and Rendezvous. It should be able to
> (easily) do book length projects; bibliography formatting and tracking
> (or interface with an app like Bookends); multiple columns;
> complicated endnotes and footnotes in academic; legal and other common
> styles; powerful macros; multiple-user updating and highlighting;
> internal html-like linking (see Notetaker for an excellent example);
> better than mickey mouse import and export capability; standard
> business functions; etc.
> Why is this so difficult? So, those of us who can't use Word for
> security reasons or who just cannot stand it are stuck using ancient
> Word Perfect in Classic mode to get at least some of these key
> features. I just don't comprehend this at all. When I compare the
> robustness and technological modernity of applications like Notetaker
> and Graphic Converter with the state of secure word processors
> designed for the Mac, it's like comparing a cellphone to two tin cans
> with a string.