February 28th, 2005 • 6:31 am
I suspect that many Pages users will be using Pages’ ability to export documents in the Microsoft Word format on a regular basis. Maybe Apple should provide these users with the option to save in the Microsoft Word format by default. I don’t know. Obviously Apple chose not to offer this option.
If you want to share your Pages documents with Word users, you need to work on your document in the Pages file format (“
.pages” suffix) and then, when your document is ready to be shared, you need to use Pages’ “ ” command to save a copy of the document in the Microsoft Word format.
I don’t know about other users, but personally I am not interested in archiving this copy in Microsoft Word format. I just want to create this copy in Word format, send it to whomever I want to share the document with, and then trash it. I only want to keep the original in Pages format in my document archives.
This means that I am not particularly interested in saving the exported version in Word format in the same location as the original in Pages format. On the contrary, I want to save the exported version in a location that is easy to access from Mail, so that I can quickly attach it to a e-mail message and send it.
The ideal location for this is the desktop. This will also ensure that the exported version stays visible to me and I will remember to trash it once it’s been sent.
And that’s where Pages is making life more difficult than necessary for me.
When you select the “Save As” dialog sheet. By default, the location in this dialog sheet is the last location used.” command in Pages, Pages displays the usual “
The problem is that, when you select the “Word” in my case) and then opens a “Save As” dialog sheet as well. But the default location in this other “Save As” dialog sheet is the same as the last location used in the regular “Save As” dialog sheet.” command in Pages, Pages displays a dialog sheet where you can select your desired file format (“
And conversely, the next time I use the regular “Save As” dialog sheet that’s part of the “ ” command.” command, the default location will be the last one that I used in the “
In other words, let’s say I compose a new Pages document and save it in location L. Then I choose “Word” format and save the exported copy on the desktop.“, select the “
Then if I compose a new Pages document and want to save it, the default location in the “Save As” dialog sheet will be… the desktop, which is the last location that I used in Pages (when I used the “ ” command).
This is rather unfortunate. It seems to me that the list of recent locations used in the regular “” command and the list of recent locations used in the “ ” command should be two different lists, managed separately. But they are not. They are one and the same.
This means that Pages obviously doesn’t agree with my way of managing my files, and will constantly force me to readjust my location for saving files.
It’s a minor inconvenience, but a significant one nonetheless, especially for a person like me who has to share files in Microsoft Word format on a daily basis (and I am quite sure I am not the only one).