[OS X TeX] OT: Some wonderings on iWork Pages and NeXT and Pages by Pages
bvoisin at mac.com
Wed Jan 12 10:50:53 EST 2005
Le 12 janv. 05, à 15:46, William F. Adams a écrit :
> Some other questions:
> - how are the templates made? Is design similarly easy to Keynotes?
From being a Keynote user, and looking at the screenshots and
description at Apple's site, it seems like Pages is much closer to
Keynote than to MacWrite or Word, say. Its interface seems to favour
presentation over composition. By this I mean Pages seems to favour
moving blocks of text and images around, resizing them, etc., rather
than thinking in terms of paragraphs, indentations, interline spacing,
document structure, etc. (these are certainly not the correct technical
terms, but I hope the idea gets through).
Or is it just because these usual settings (justification, interline
space, indentations, and the like) are not accessible via toolbars as
in MacWrite and Word, and instead are accessible in a separate panel à
la Keynote. At least there is just one such panel, again à la Keynote,
instead of many separate panels eating up much of your screen estate as
in Adobe applications!
> - 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?
Probably they aren't. It seems like the only document structuring
information that Pages can manage is the table of contents (perhaps not
even with automatic numbering), and the footnotes. On the other hand,
when it comes to styles, Pages seems to know about captions and
> - what about equations?
Equations what? That doesn't seem to be something Pages is designed for.
On the other hand that leaves room for third-party programmers to write
an equation editor, possibly based on TeX or MathML, allowing the
composition of equations to be included in Pages documents as
structured information (and not as PDF images), such that the notions
of a baseline, of a character size, etc. are kept. But probably that's
Not having Quark XPress I never tried Blue Sky's MathSetter XTension,
based on TeX, but possibly this is the kind of stuff it was doing.
> - 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).
In any case, instead of all these "seems", "looks like", "probably",
"possibly" I just used, now I'm waiting a couple more days to see
whether an announcement comes in of an iWork discount for current
Keynote users (apparently there is already an educational discount at
the French Educational Apple Store, from 79 € to 58.60 €), and then
will place an order for iWork'05. We'll see. Even if Pages turns out to
not being really usable at a technical publishing tool, at least it
might bring back some nostalgia of good old MacWrite II days!
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