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Veej 03-02-2008 07:42 AM

iWorks: Pages and Styles
Hi all,
Not sure if this is the right section, but I believe it is, so here goes!

I'm really disappointed at the word processing programs available for Mac. I draw quite a few sketch graphs for some of my subjects using Word - however, Word 2008 can't draw graphs! In Word 2007 (for PC) you could finely align lines - in 2008, every time you move the shape it moves too much so it's not good enough to draw graphs with.

As for Pages, it's great as a replacement to Microsoft Publisher, but for typing up class notes it's really not that user friendly! With Word 2007, I had various styles so my Economics essays would use a certain style, and then French essays would use another.
In Pages, I can create templates (with pre-written text elements already there) but I can't find a way to actually create new styles as you would in Word 2007.

Can anyone help out with a few tips?


schweb 03-02-2008 07:45 AM

Why not use a spreadsheet program like Numbers or Excel to create graphs?

I've bemoaned Pages lack of word processing power for awhile now, I still prefer Word. But in Pages do this:

Click the Blue button on the left:

Then it opens the Style drawer you can use to define styles...

louishen 03-02-2008 09:11 AM

I wonder if you could use keynote to create charts and graphs

I haven't done this myself bur keynotes graphs are pretty slick (well Visually)

goobimama 03-02-2008 10:09 AM

The keynote graphics and charts are also available to Pages and numbers.

Veej 03-02-2008 10:48 AM

Thanks for the screenie schweb, I've tried the styles drawer but as far as I'm aware it's only to change various style ements - you can't create completely new styles using it.

As for the graphs - they're sketch graphs so it's much easier to draw them rather than use a spreadsheeting program. There's no actual figures on them and often I've got to shade parts etc. so I find using a word processor to do them is a lot easier. I guess I could always do them in a graphics editing program as a last resort.

Cheers for the response so far, I'm starting to like this place! (Lot friendlier than many other Mac/Apple forums I've seen!)

Veej 03-02-2008 01:38 PM

Aargh, I've been working with Pages for like 20 minutes to do what would have taken 5 on Word 07. This is really frustrating me now....I might just end up using NeoOffice or OpenOffice...eurgh :S

goobimama 03-02-2008 01:59 PM

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Hows this for starters?

Veej 03-03-2008 05:07 PM

That's a new paragraph style, I'm beginning to think there is no 'style sets' in iWorks like Word.

Cheers for the help though, I think the best way might just be to create loads of various styles, forget style sets and then just mix and match.

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