Here are 6 reasons as why Pages is awesome:
1: Auto correct integration
Pages is one of the few Word processing applications that works with Mac OS X's built in autocorrect.
This is a huge time save, as it avoids having to do a spell check when you have finished typing.
Of course, it can sometimes lead to mixed-up words. But Pages also works with Mac OS X's built in text-to-speech tool, so a quick run through that and you can often catch most mistakes.
2: iCloud integration
Pages is fully integrated with iCloud, so you can access your documents anywhere or on any machine that has a web browser. If using an Apple device, you can access documents via a dedicated Pages app which keeps things nice and snappy. For all other platforms you have to use a browser. The browser version can sometimes have a slight delay when flicking between pages, but aside from that, it is very well done and is just as good as using the actual app.
3: Ebook tools
Pages has everything you need to create a Ebook. You can export your document into a Ebook with just a single click. There are also options to add cover images to the Ebook version and you can keep the cover image separate from all other versions of the document, which allows plenty of flexibility in using the same document for multiple projects.
4: Powerful publishing tools
Pages has a lot of functions that you would normally associate with desktop publishing programs, such as InDesign. These include:
-Paragraph Stylesheets, which makes it easy to change the formatting of text at a global level.
-Character Stylesheets, which makes it easy to handle formatting overrides.
-Table of contents: Automatically generate contents tables
-Bookmarks: Make it easy for users to flip through different sections (very handy when making Ebooks).
You can assign keyboard shortcuts to most of these functions, which saves more time. However, some of the shortcuts have limits. For example, for Style Sheets, you can only assign them to a function key.
5: It's free to use with free updates!
Pages is now free.
This is a big advantage over Word which has a monthly subscription fee.
(You can also buy Word outright, but then you don’t get new versions for free).
With Pages all new versions are free as well!
6: Very fast
Unlike a lot of word processors on Mac, Pages is lightning fast. It opens in split seconds and you can move through pages with no delays.
Problems with Pages
1: Buggy keyboard shortcuts
Although you can assign keyboard shorts cuts to most functions, a very small minority of them will not work.
2: Keyboard keys for tables
You can create tables in Pages and they look just like tables from Numbers (Apple's spreadsheet program). But the keyboard keys for editing are different from Numbers which can be annoyingly confusing.
3: New updates are not released frequently
Apple normally only adds new features once a year. This isn't too bad as the software already has everything most people need. But a faster pace of innovation would be nice.
4: Spell checker can be weak.
Spell checker sometimes gives wrong suggestions. It is a shame that it doesn't integrate with Google spellcheck.
I use Pages primarily for creating ebooks for three reasons:
1: Access anywhere
iCloud integration means I can access my documents anywhere.
2: Good ebook creation tools
It's very fast to create an ebook and then publish it on Amazon kindle.
3: Allows access to Mac services
Mac services like Dictionary, Thesaurus can all be accessed from Pages.
I have tried other software, but they have drawbacks:
Google Docs: Doesn't work with Mac autocorrect, so typing is a pain due to having to correct typos.
Word: Expensive for what it is.
Open office: Takes a while to load. No cloud integration.