I have used just about every word processor ever made, going all the way back to WordStar on DOS, and WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Scrivener, etc. (even one called IBM Writing Assistant on a PCjr), but over the last several months I’ve rediscovered Apple Pages, especially the iOS version that I use on my iPad Pro. This is one word processor I tried briefly years ago and dismissed, moving on to Scrivener.
But, as nice as Scrivener is, it’s a pain in the butt, and I’d always end up moving the project over to Microsoft Word for the finishing touches to get the manuscript ready for publication.
So one day I took another look at Apple Pages, because the one feature I knew about it was it outputted an absolutely beautiful final product.
Once I re-familiarized myself with the minimalist user interface I began to really appreciate the fine balance of simplicity and features. It can be used as a simple writing tool, but dig deeper and you find most of the controls you’d consider standard in a word processor.
It has a few quirks, but once mastered they are not a problem. It’s not perfect, but no word processor is. It doesn’t try to do everything for everyone — that’s the main flaw in Microsoft Word. It isn’t overly complex — that’s Scrivener.
I’ve found that if you split a screen and have Notes on one side, and Pages on the other, you have a nice and simple replacement for Scrivener that gives you just enough features but not too much, and the output is beautiful and ready to go without bogging you down with settings.
Add the new iPad Pro magic keyboard and you have one of the nicest writing machines I have ever used.
Plus it syncs nicely to the desktop version, and … one of the best features: it’s free.
That’s a great feature!
Bravo, Apple. Well done. Five stars.