I use Pages in a business setting, and have built my day-to-day word processing workflow around the program. After updating to the latest version and opening existing files, I was shocked to see that the layout and functionality of documents was permanently altered. Although Pages alerts the user that the file must be updated to work with the new version of the app, it gives no warning that the appearance of the document will be changed.
So, beware of this update, especially if you are working with existing files and need to export to Word (which I may need to use as my primary app now).
Here are the changes that have really impacted me; there may be more.
- No images are allowed in the header or footer. Instead, they are positioned as "floating" content and defined as appearing on all pages. This breaks accessibility and treats the image (usually a logo) as on-page content.
- Layout guides are gone (the blue ones that were manually dragged from the ruler)
- Some table fills are removed (caused me to spend a fair amount of time adjusting)
I am very disappointed to see Apple "streamlining" an app like like Pages in the interest of creating parity with the iOS version. It had never been positioned as a "word processing lite" app before, but seems to be moving in that direction.