Take Control of Pages

Take Control of Pages

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Work effectively in Pages in OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and iCloud!

Apple's Pages word processor is a big, sprawling app with hundreds of features tucked away in nooks and crannies, making Michael E. Cohen's comprehensive book an essential resources for newbies and experts alike. Those new to Pages, or still getting their sea legs in the transition to Pages 5 will appreciate Michael's guide to finding familiar tools, formatting text, and iCloud Drive quirks. And everyone will benefit from the book's discussion of advanced features like snaking columns (snarky columns are left as an exercise to the reader), list styles, layout options, and collaboration tools.

Whether you need quick help with a particular feature or steel-toed documentation with which to kick Pages into shape, this book is for you.

Still running 10.9 Mavericks? Mavericks users can still find plenty of Pages help here. To find out what's different, read What about Mavericks?.

The book offers plenty of help with word processing:

  • For everyday word processing, you'll find directions for working with fonts, tabs, indents, rulers, search and replace, spell checking, and more.
  • For longer, more complex documents, you'll learn how to control headers, footers, page numbers, footnotes, and section breaks. Plus you'll find oodles of help with character styles, paragraph styles, and even list styles.
  • For projects that go way beyond the norm, you'll learn how to create your own templates, complete with master objects.
  • For collaborative projects, you'll come up to speed with the track changes and commenting features. You can also use the newfangled Share icon to collaborate with others (simultaneously) in an iCloud-based Pages document.

Layout and graphics merit attention too, in terms of:

  • Turning off the usual word processing text flow so you can lay out independent objects more easily (perfect for posters!)
  • Inserting text boxes, vector graphics, and all manner of media
  • Styling text boxes and vector graphics with whizzy object styles (for example, you can specify a specific color and shadow)
  • Being precise with smart guides and vertical rulers
  • Creating a custom look with fills, shadows, opacity, and more
  • Working in tables (which can act as mini spreadsheets) and creating charts

You'll also find thoughtful directions for managing your documents:

  • What happens with fonts and features when you move Pages documents between Mac, iOS, and iCloud
  • Whether and how to work with Pages documents in iCloud Drive
  • How to import from Pages 4 (aka Pages '09), Word, text, and RTF
  • How to export to Pages 4, Word, text, EPUB, and PDF

And lots more!


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Ajouté le 12 décembre 2014
Nombre de lectures 5
EAN13 9781457190490
Langue English
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TAKE CONTROL OF PAGES
byMICHAEL E. COHEN $20
Table of Contents
Read Me First .................................................................. 4Updates and More .......................................................... 4
Introduction .................................................................... 5
Pages Quick Start ............................................................ 7
Get Started ..................................................................... 9Find the App ................................................................. 9Set Up an iCloud Connection .......................................... 10Running Pages for iCloud ............................................... 12
Where Is Everything? .................................................... 14Get to Know the Interface Landmarks............................... 14Create a New Document ................................................ 24Open an Existing Document ........................................... 31Save, Move, Rename, and Delete Documents ..................... 46Choose Fonts .............................................................. 53Set Paragraph Layouts .................................................. 62Add Breaks, Numbers, and Notes .................................... 75Set Document and Section Layouts .................................. 81Choose a Style ............................................................ 86Search, Replace, and Correct Text ................................... 90
Manage Your Styles ...................................................... 103Create Styles ............................................................. 103Handle Style Overrides ................................................ 110Organize Styles .......................................................... 113Copy and Paste Styles ................................................. 115
Organize Your Work...................................................... 118Use Sections ............................................................. 118Use Lists and List Styles............................................... 125Make Tables of Contents .............................................. 136
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Learn Layout Possibilities .............................................. 142Set Page Size and Layout ............................................. 143Create Columns ......................................................... 148Use Guides with Rulers ................................................ 151Arrange Objects on the Page ......................................... 156Use Placeholders and Master Objects .............................. 172
Add All Sorts of Objects ................................................ 179Use Text Boxes .......................................................... 180Use Shapes and Lines .................................................. 181Use Media ................................................................. 192Change How Basic Objects Look .................................... 198Use Computing Objects................................................ 210
Try Templates .............................................................. 227Explore the Templates ................................................. 227Make and Manage Your Own Templates ........................... 231
Be a Collaborator ......................................................... 239Get Ready to Share ..................................................... 239Use the Share Menus .................................................. 241Collaborate in Real Time .............................................. 247Comment and Track Changes ........................................ 249
Import and Export Your Work ........................................ 255Import Other Document Formats ................................... 255Export in Other Formats ............................................... 256
About This Book .......................................................... 263Ebook Extras ............................................................. 263About the Author ........................................................ 264About the Publisher..................................................... 265
Copyright and Fine Print ............................................... 266
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Re
ad Me First
Welcome toTake Control of Pages,version 1.0, published in December 2014 by TidBITS Publishing Inc. This book was written by Michael E. Cohen and edited by Tonya Engst and Kelly Turner.
This book introduces you to all three current versions of Apple’s word processor: Pages 5 for Mac, Pages for iOS, and Pages for iCloud. It describes how to create, work on, and share documents among devices and users, and provides transition help for users of Pages 4.
If you want to share this ebook with a friend, we ask that you do so as you would with a physical book: “lend” it for a quick look, but ask your friend to buy a copy for careful reading or reference.
Copyright © 2014, Michael E. Cohen. All rights reserved.
Updates and More
You can access extras related to this ebook on the Web (use the link inEbook Extras, near the end; it’s available only to purchasers). On the ebook’s Take Control Extras page, you can:
Download any available new version of the ebook for free, or buy any subsequent edition at a discount.
Download various formats, including PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket. (Learn about reading on mobile devices on ourDevice Advicepage.)
Read the ebook’s blog. If you bought this ebook from the Take Control Web site, it has been added to your account, where you can download it in other formats and access any future updates. However, if you bought this ebook elsewhere, you can add it to your account manually; seeEbook Extras.
Note:To review background information that will help you under-stand this book better, such as how to find System Preferences and work with files in the Finder, read Tonya Engst’s free ebookRead Me First: A Take Control Crash Course.
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Introduction
When Apple released Pages 5 for Mac in late 2013, along with re-vamped versions of its iOS siblings, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from long-time Pages users: Apple had rewritten the app from top to bottom, almost completely changing its look and feel, and, in the process, eliminating many useful features. The cry of “Why, Apple, why?” was heard throughout the land.
The answer was difficult to discern at the time, but over the following year, as this book was being drafted (and released in “pre-book” installments), and as Pages went from version 5 to 5.1 to 5.2 and now to 5.5, the answer became much clearer: iCloud.
As Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked about iCloud in 2012, “It’s not just a product, it’s a strategy for the next decade,” and the revision of Pages, along with updates to the other iWork apps, was part of that strategy. The idea was to make your Pages documents availableeverywhere—on your Mac, on your iPhone and iPad, and even in a Web browser—via iCloud.
True, Applecouldhave tried to bolt more iCloud compatibility onto the existing Pages app, but the result, like building a luxury penthouse atop a split-level ranch house, would have been both ugly and unstable. Instead, Apple rebuilt everything about Pages, from its user interface to the file structure of its documents, so that Pages documents created on one device, like a Mac, could readily be opened and edited on any other device running Pages, whether the device was another computer or an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
The goal was to make Pages not just a word processor but an example of what iCloud integration could provide. Over the year that followed, just what that integration could provide came into sharper focus.
Today, courtesy of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, you can open a Pages document on your Mac, and then without bothering to save or sync your document, walk out your front door, open Pages on your
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iPhone, and continue working on the document while waiting for your bus to arrive…and then, at your office, open up Internet Explorer on your Windows desktop and continue working on that same document.
Pages is still not done. Throughout 2014, Apple continued to add back features that it had sidelined in the original release of Pages 5, and I don’t think Apple is done expanding and enhancing it. Moreover, Apple has made it clear that the future is more important to it than the past: each new release of Pages not only takes advantage of, but depends on, the latest versions of OS X and iOS. That’s why this book does not try to cover Pages on 10.9 Mavericks or iOS 7 (though much in it is applicable to Pages on them)—the latest releases of the Pages apps won’t even run on those older systems!
Instead, the book you have before you describes how Pages works today on the latest incarnations of Apple’s OSes, and attempts to explain how to get your work done with it, not just on your Mac but on all your iOS devices…and in any modern Web browser that you happen to have in front of you.
Describing how Pages works on three different platforms has not been an easy task, and has resulted in a much longer book than Take Control ordinarily publishes. But to focus on just, say, the Mac version of Pages would have been almost pointless. These days we aren’t just Mac users, or iPad users, or iPhone users: we are Apple users, and many of us, perhaps a majority of us, do not confine our work (or our play) to any single Apple platform.
In my introduction to the first “pre-book,” I rewrote a line fromDavid Copperfield: “But whether Apple has met its design goal of cross-platform cloud-based bliss, these pages must show.” Now, at the end of this year-long journey, I can honestly say that Apple has come closer to that goal than I had originally expected.
Note:Pages 5.5 requires at least OS X 10.10 Yosemite; Pages for iOS requires iOS 8.
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Pages Quick Start
This book covers Apple’s Pages and describes how it works on the Mac, on iOS, and in the Web apps available atiCloud.com. It also covers how to use those apps in conjunction with each other so that you can pass your documents between them and take advantage of the benefits each Pages app has to offer.
The Pages basics: Got Pages? If not,Get Startedand thenGet to Know the Interface Landmarks.
Find out how toCreate a New Document,Open an Existing Document, and thenSave, Move, Rename, and Delete Documents.
Avoid cloud confusion and see how toNavigate in iCloud Drive.
Discover how toChoose Fonts,Set Paragraph Layouts in a Browser, Add Breaks, Numbers, and Notes, andSearch, Replace, and Correct Text.
Work in style: You can give your documents a consistent appearance when you Choose a Styleas you write.
If you can’t find a style that you need, see how toCreate Styles, including how toCreate Paragraph Styles,Create Character Styles, and even how toCreate Object Styles.
Overloaded with styles? You won’t be when you learn how toMan-age Your StylesandOrganize Styles.
Get organized: Use SectionsandCustomize Sectionsas youOrganize Your Work.
Use Lists and List Stylesto make powerful and customizable lists.
Make Tables of Contentsto help your readers find their way.
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Lay it out right: Learn Layout Possibilitiesand see how toSet Page Size and Layout.
Create Columnsfor newsletters and reports.
Use Guides with Rulersto line things up precisely.
You don’t need to lay things out from scratch—Try Templatesto give yourself a layout head start.
Be objective: Documents don’t live by text alone: you canUse Text Boxes,Use Shapes and Lines,Use Media—in fact, you canAdd All Sorts of Objectsto your documents.
Skip a trip to Numbers or Excel when youUse TablesandUse Charts.
Make the objects you add look their best when youChange How Basic Objects Look.
Work and play with others: No writer is an island, as you discover when you explore how toBe a Collaborator.
See how to give and take as youImport and Export Your Work.
Note:Pages takes advantage of Yosemite’s Handoff feature, which lets you switch quickly between devices as you work. SeeMove Easily between Devices with Handoff, part ofYosemite: A Take Control Crash Course.
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Get Started
Simple fact: to use Pages, you must have Pages. And to make the best use of Pages, you should have an iCloud account and set Pages up to use that account.
This very short chapter tells you how to set everything up.
Find the App
Fortunately, Pages is just a few clicks away on a Mac running Yosemite or later, or a few taps away on any iOS device running iOS 8 or later. Even more fortunately, Pages is free for every new Mac purchased after October 1, 2013, and for every iOS device activated after September 1, 2013. And if you already purchased the previous version of Pages for Mac or iOS, you can upgrade to the newest version at no cost.
And what about the rest of you? You can purchase Pages from the Mac App Store for $19.99, and from the iOS App Store for $9.99.
Note:If you have multiple Macs, you have to buy Pages only once (if you have to buy it at all) to use it on any of your Macs, as long as you use the same Apple ID in the App Store on each of them. The same is true for iOS devices: buy it once and run it on all your iOS devices.
Here’s how to get Pages:
On a Mac:Visit thePages Web pageand click View in Mac App Store. Or choose Apple> App Store, then, in the Quick Links box on the right, click Apps Made by Apple (Pages is listed among the iWork apps; click it to go to the Pages page). Now, click the Buy, Update, or Download button on the left. Pages is downloaded to your Applications folder. I suggest you leave it there.
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Note:If Pages 4 is on your Mac, it isn’t removed when you download Pages 5, but merely moved to/Applications/iWork'09/. You can continue to edit Pages 4 files with Pages 4, so long as you don’t edit them with Pages 5; seePages Conversion Warning!. (For more about separating Pages 4 files from Pages 5 files, see the sidebarSeparate Pages 4 and Pages 5 Documents with iCloud, ahead.)
In iOS:Tap the App Store app (this app comes with your iOS device; you can’tnothave it). On the main App Store screen, swipe to the bottom of the screen and, in the Quick Links section, tap Apps Made by Apple. Pages is listed among the apps; tap its icon and then tap the Buy button (which may say Free, or Get, or show a price instead).
Set Up an iCloud Connection
Technically, you don’t need an iCloud account to use Pages, but that rather defeats the purpose: one of the main virtues of Pages is that you can edit any of your Pages documents stored in iCloud no matter where you are, whether you are on a Mac, an iOS device, or using a Web browser on a Mac or PC.
Warning!Throughout this book, I assume you are running iOS 8 and Yosemite on all your devices. If you are still using the older Documents & Data feature with iOS 7 or Mavericks, read thisTidBITS articlebefore turning on iCloud Drive.
To set up all your Macs and iOS devices so that they can store and access copies of your Pages documents in iCloud, you need to sign each device in to iCloud with the same Apple ID:
On your Mac:Choose Apple> System Preferences, and then click iCloud (Figure 1). If you’re not already signed in, you can sign in to your iCloud account or create one, from that preference pane. (If you’re signed in already, the pane shows you the Apple ID you’ve signed in with.)
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