Some time ago, I decided to say goodbye to Microsoft Office forever, and completely switch over to Pages and Keynote. It was an easy decision for me: I wasn’t a heavy Office user anyway, preferring to keep most of my documents online, and using the application primarily to open client .doc files and the occasional Power Point presentation.
Not only did this free up quite a bit of space on my hard drive, it had the added benefit of turning me into a non Office user.
Friend: Help! There’s something wrong with the icons on my toolbar in Word. What do I do?
Me: Oh, sorry- I don’t use Word anymore.
Friend: What? How do you open documents?
Me: I use Pages.
I’ve yet to meet a Word document that Pages wouldn’t open. It might strip a few styles, sure- but that, too, can be viewed as a benefit.
One thing about Pages that seems to bother a lot of my friends who try to switch over from Word is the apparent lack of downloadable templates. Word has lots, of course, allowing you to create everything from business cards to brochures to resumes in mere seconds. Pages, on the other hand, includes several built-in templates. There are zero downloadable templates on the Apple site, although some Google searching reveals a few 3rd-party sites that have some. Here are some good ones:
Some good free selections here of the more “general” type. You can request for specific templates on the forum.
- Jumsoft Pages Templates
A collection of 105 templates for $39. Some very nice looking ones on the samples page.
- StockLayouts’ Pages Templates
These are priced per template, at around $99 each. A little pricey, but the templates do look more professional than most.
- iWork 4 School
Free “school-related” Pages templates, with quite a few that should make some parents’ lives easier.
- Free iWork Templates
A blog dedicated to finding free iWork templates. Some good links here (it’s how I discovered iWork 4 School above) as well as original templates.
I’d like to know: have you completely switched over to Pages? If not, what’s stopping you?