Originally Posted by Splinemodel
Just to add a different take: I have been a heavy Pages user for several years, and after attempting to use Pages 5.0 I just gave up. In my opinion it is mostly useless. It is a signal from Apple that they admit failure at making Pages a popular offering in the word processing market.
In other words, Pages was not a profitable business, so Apple stripped away every feature they could. They made it match the iOS version, so that it is only one product to maintain. They made it appeal to kids writing reports in school, since they are probably the only ones interested in using Pages on an iPad, anyway. Otherwise, MS Word is still so incredibly entrenched as the desktop word processor. Many businesses are moving to Google Apps, but as far as desktop word processing goes, I don't know if it is possible to succeed unless you are MS Word.
I will keep Pages 4.3, and I expect I will gradually need to migrate to LibreOffice. As an aside, if Apple had given Pages open-office file format -- a frequently requested feature -- it might have actually succeeded, given that Google Apps can utilize that format, and Google Apps is seeing some degree of penetration in the office docs market. The problem of course is that OpenOffice and LibreOffice are pigs ... but at least they have the necessary features. MS Word is also a pig, albeit a slightly less offensive pig, but I can't justify spending money on it when LO is free.
Look, everybody's frustrated with Apple's nonsensical approach to software development.
Everything is being released incomplete these days. Numbers only got back the ability to sort a subset of rows today.
And everyone knows that releasing a spreadsheet app that can't sort a subset of rows is insane, useless work.
But at the same time, you guys force me to defend these dimwits, because you say things like Pages 5.0 is an admission of failure, or they focused it for kids in school, or they forced people to upgrade prematurely. None of that is true.
Apple's just gone back to being the old Apple of the 90's, when they did whatever they wanted. Kick out Final Cut Pro X a year before it was ready, confusing big spending professionals who don't read the Mac press daily? Fine.
Do the exact same thing with your productivity apps used by millions? Fine. It's okay, as long as we're moving the software forward.
Apple, wants to take full advantage of their 'innovator' status, which means not giving the competition a lot of time to catch up.
In software, this means they eschew the 'public beta' phase of development, so that Redmond and Seoul won't have six months to code.
Yes, it's a bad idea. And it's very annoying. But it's not failure or stripped-down software for children.