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App Review – Pages

App Review - Pages

Possibly my favourite app to date, Pages is something which every writer needs on their iPad, especially if they’re without a computer for any length of time. Priced at £6.99, this app is Apple’s answer to Microsoft Word.

App Review – Pages

Upon the first opening the user is greeted with a simple how-to which gives a list of features, what they do and how to access them. After reading the guide it’s time to write. The user will tap the plus sign. (+) and be greeted with a drop-dowb bubble with the words ‘Create Document’ at the top. Following a quick tap of this the screen if filled with templates for a ‘classic’ resume (C.V), party invite, blank document, recipe and more. In face, there’s a template for everyone, from the budding writer to the home-chef.

Being a writer myself, I found this to be an almost perfect app which features everything you’d expect from a desktop word processor and more. In fact, this entire review was written in Pages.

Being on a tablet means that heavy editing can be slightly tricky if you are without a mouse. However, I feel that I must emphasise the word ‘slightly’ here. Much like text written online the writer simply holds their finger over the word or sentence they wish to edit, drags the small bubble across to highlight the word(s) and changes away. One downside to editing that it is the main culprit for finger-smudge-lines across the screen so always keep a cloth or baby wipes to hand.

Beyond simple editing there is also the option to share your masterpiece by emailing the file in a choice of three formats: Pages (Apple), Word (Microsoft) and the universal PDF format. If you own a wireless printer the document can also be printed on some nice, quality paper.

Smaller yet handy and relevant features include standard underline, bold and italics, a multitude of fonts, word count and insertion of photos and screen prints taken on the iPad. All in all, an excellent piece of kit and something an iPad-owning writer shouldn’t be without.

Overall rating: 5/5

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