01/24/2005 00:00:00

Well, I received iWork today, and was fairly impressed. I have briefly experimented with Keynote, and it was pretty much what I expected. I downloaded a few free themes, played around with modernizing some old powerpoint presentations I had sitting around, etc. Aside from creating the content for me, it should offer everything I need for the next time I need to give a talk.

Pages, on the other hand, was brand new for me - other than seeing the demo stuff at the keynote address and Apple’s website. I was impressed. The default templates are actually pretty good. You can either customize an existing template to suit your needs, or start from scratch. I modified one of the resumes, and was able to fairly easily replicate a LaTeX resume class that I really liked. It will now be much easier for me to update my resume within Pages, rather than working within LaTeX.1

When I get some free time, I will continue to play around with Pages. I imagine that there will be sites (free and commercial) that spring up to distribute templates for Pages in just the same way that they arose for Keynote themes…

  1. One thing I do like, however, is that you can edit a LaTeX file over a ssh connection, run pdflatex, generate a pdf, upload said pdf to your website, and then make use of your properly formatted pdf wherever you may be, even if you don‘t have access to a nice page layout program. I did this once with a recommendation that I needed to write while I was at the hospital. The pdf printed nicely at work, and I didn’t have to try and force Word to behave… I won't be able to do that with Pages.  ↩

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