Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
This comment makes no sense to me at all.
First you make some arbitrary line between "big" and "small" documents when a more sensible line to draw is document complexity? Secondly, while there are fairly obviously some missing features in the initial offering of Pages on the iPad, those will almost certainly be filled in with the next release.
Finally, you end up with a plea for "Word lite" when in fact the current Pages offering on the iPad is basically that. It has flaws, it's not as full featured as the desktop version, etc.
It sounds to me like you just like or prefer Word. That's fine, but don't try to frame some silly argument that Pages is just for "lite" documents, and then turn around and ask for "Word lite."
It's nonsensical and just comes across as an insult.
First thing I said was about small docs or more complex larger docs. Did you read what I wrote?
MS interface has long been the kitchen sink version of a sucky WinWord GUI. Why do they feel this need to put everything in the front like a pawn shop (i.e. toolbar, ribbon and menus from hell)?
I actually prefer Pages for creating a document.
I find that in the business world (developing software and such) that I need to use Word. I have no desire to have that huge hunk of bloatware on my machines. I do however find it to be almost a requirement since there is so much of the world that has standardized on it.
The point I was trying to making was that preparing large (yes -- a subjective term, because it is not that easily quantified) and/or complex documents are not suited for creation on the iPad IMO
. I would however, embrace the idea of an application that accurately
rendered all Word documents, both cross platform and cross version, and then allowed me to mark up, do some limited editing, and comment on existing formatted content but not necessarily for the creation of complex/large docs.
I hear regularly that Pages will render 98% of a Word doc, or OpenOffice can handle all but a few MS Word features here and there. Until it can do it all it does not meet what I would like to have. Hell MS does not have a product AFAIKT that can translate all of even there latest version documents cross platform. It seems there is always some exception.
I never said Pages was a lite version of anything -- you did. I certainly did not plea for it but would be more than willing to use a product that met the requirements above. I am no lover of MS and would love to see Apple deliver with Pages in a version that would be able to read it all. It is a shame that MS got in and managed to play a part in the standardized XML format. It would have been nice to have had a platform agnostic file format.
As far as being an insult I think you must have some other interest here that I am not aware of since I made no disparaging remarks about Pages. WTF? Having a bad day are we?