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Apple releases Pages 5.1, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Apple, Software

Apple Pages 5.1

Apple just released Pages 5.1, which includes new features like alignment customization, vertical ruler, character counter, and more. Here's a list:

  • Vertical ruler
  • Share password-protected documents via iCloud link
  • Customizable alignment guides
  • Set keyboard shortcuts for styles
  • View character count with or without spaces
  • Improved precision for inserting and pasting objects
  • Create charts with date, time, and duration values
  • Delete sections from the page navigator
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Word 2013 documents
  • Export password-protected documents to DOCX format
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents
  • Start a list automatically using new special characters
  • Improved support for bidirectional text
  • Improved ePub export
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

You can download Pages 5.1 now from the Mac App Store.

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nickstan1 nickstan1 3/21/14 12:02 pm

My upgrade to Mavericks was seamless. However, I can’t say the same about Pages and Numbers. I noticed they had come with Mavericks but were happily waiting unobtrusively in the background. Until I did something unrelated the other day and they activated.
After reading the reviews I had decided I didn’t want to use them so when they insinuated themselves into the default slot, I was upset. I tried to change the default app for these files. That’s when the new trend at Apple reared it’s ugly head. When you change the default app to the old version, the change reverts to the new no matter how you exit the change window, and there’s nothing to be done about it at that level.
The fix is to drag the app files to the trash. It really felt good to do this because: 1) the new versions are so different the change-over looks like a lot of work, 2) Apple has not included compatibility with the older versions and 3) they kept the same extensions which gives no indication of the mess you’re about to get into. I think that’s really deceitful, profit driven and not user friendly in the style I have come to expect from Apple. After I trashed the new versions everything returned to normal.
I find it is usually better to improve an existing program than starting from scratch. Changing an existing app so it looks new is even worse, except of course Microsoft’s Windows which has needed a redesign from the ground up for about 20 years. Though I doubt if that would really help since the same engineers would probably be doing it.

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