[OS X TeX] OT: Some wonderings on iWork Pages and NeXT and Pages by Pages
William F. Adams
wadams at atlis.com
Wed Jan 12 09:46:07 EST 2005
Posted the below to www.macslash.org and comp.sys.mac.advocacy --- was
curious what everyone here thought.
The new iWork module Pages does feel similar to Pages by Pages, and one
can't help but be curious about how Ted Shelton feels about this (or if
he was paid for use of the name?). To be fair though, there was at
least one other app since then w/ similar concepts (it was bought by HP
and morphed into a web publishing tool --- the name escapes me).
Some other questions:
- how are the templates made? Is design similarly easy to Keynotes?
- what H&J algorithm is used --- is it something which considers
more than one line at a time?
- how good are the tables? is there named object-oriented access to
data in them?
- how are cross-references handled?
- what about equations?
- is there a copy-fitting option? If so, what aspects of the layout
does it tweak?
- when making a .pdf is there an option to make a ``tagged .pdf''
which can be reflowed for use on devices with small screens?
Just looking at the screengrabs it seems to let people make some fairly
common typographic mistakes (lines too long, leading too tight,
excessive word spacing).
William Adams, publishing specialist
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