Originally posted by Dr VanNostran
Sure it matters where he is getting it printed at. If he is printing it at a commercial printer then time is money and if he has to pay for the printer's prepress department to mess with his files then it is going to cost more money.
Pages is made for home use, it's a consumer level application. No advertising agencies use Pages to create layouts. Why is that? Because Pages isn't a professional level application.
Is he doing "advertising agency" type work or "Kinko's" type work? Ask any prepress person and they will tell you that not all PDF files are created equal. Microsoft Publisher can export PDF files and they are horrible. There are lots of programs that can create PDF files but not all of them will be up to commercial print standards.
So the question is "Do you need a Pro Level Application or a Consumer based application?"
fair enough. then the question is better asked if you already know what type of pdf's pages produces. pages pdf's might be perfectly fine for some print houses. even if pages pdf export features are lacking, then maybe pages and acrobat distiller are a better option. who knows? i would almost never recommend indesign to people who have no desktop publishing experience. the learning curve on these applications is too steep. i'd venture to guess that it would take most people a few months (if they're lucky and have natural design sense) to get a layout even close to the quality of a standard pages template.
the way i look at it, time is going to have to be spent somewhere. either trying to get a pdf to work that's possibly in the wrong colorspace vs. learning a whole new complicated design app. it takes longer to learn indesign than it does to fix a pdf. also, you're just as likely to have pdf problems using indesign if you don't know what you're doing. the op obviously isn't an experienced designer otherwise it would be a quark vs. indesign argument rather than an open-ended question about designing a flyer.
if you wanted to test the theory you could do this: make a layout in pages and print it out. use a standard template. then give the hardcopy to someone who isn't in graphic design and ask them to replicate it on indesign. see where i'm going with this?