Originally posted by DaveGee
After reading some of your previous posts... you seem like someone who has some insight on the 'Research Community' (comments about EndNote and Graphing/Charting etc).
If I'm correct, do you feel Pages could be used by a "Principal Investigator Type" that is writing a grant? Grant writing is a pain to begin with and from what all the PI's I talk to say - MS Word isn't helping matters.
In short do you think Pages would be 'Better' 'Worse' or 'Same' when it comes to grant writing?
(yea I know - EndNote gives a clear advantage to Word but lets hope Niles and Associates steps up to the plate with Pages support - them or one of their competitors)
Yes, I'm a scientist in academics-biomedical stuff. I write too many grants.
I'm hoping to replace MS Word, mostly because of the absolute pain Word is when dealing with pictures/graphics. I'm looking forward to having crisp straight lines again, instead of the fuzz i had to deal with since moving to Word X.
Page layout on grants is pretty simple stuff. Generally, they don't even let you use color. The rules usually regard page limitations, margins, font sizes and such. Other than the limitations in importing PDF into Word, the big problem with Word was the bad habit of graphics suddenly jumping pages when a space was added somewhere else. Hours can be spent on rearranging the order of the text and graphics to make it all fit. Sometimes I've been completely unable to get a figure to stay on one page, instead of the page before and after. I'm hoping Pages makes this all a lot easier. In my tryout at MWSF, I didn't get fancier than two graphics and a couple of pages of text, but the feel to the whole thing was great. It feels like Keynote. You can drag and drop your file in, add a text box for a legend, group the graphic and text box and then size and place were you want it.
The lack of word count will hopefully be fixed soon.
Semi-off topic EndNote bash:
EndNote is no longer owned by Niles&Associates. It has been bought out by Thomson Researchsoft (ISI). It has been going downhill ever since. Note these guys also own ProCite and Reference Manager. I've always been an Endnote user, but the point is they have a monopoly.
If and when they support pages with a plug in, it will take at least until the next version (about a year). I got this info from the rep at MWSF. They just came out with EndNote 8, which I'm reluctant to buy since they never fixed the serious bugs in version 7.
I'm sure Pages can be used with EndNote in the old fashion way: cut and paste the references and open the final document in Endnote to format.