Without question the most popular and likely the most used word processor on the Mac is Pages. Why? It’s somewhat easier to use than Word. Oh, and it’s priced right. Pages comes free with every Mac, iPhone, and iPad. One of the secrets to Pages success is the built-in templates. Here are 2,200 more.
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The private school where I work as a Mac and Windows PC system administrator has hundreds and hundreds of students and teachers, each with different skill levels and experience. One commonality is writing documents, and that’s where Pages gets used often. Not only does it have a handful of templates, clever instructors make their own and share.
Templates for Pages is a huge package of more than 2,400 templates for Pages. And, as anyone who has every used templates or digital stationery knows, you can never have too many templates.
What you get in the package is categories of template types that are good for documents, brochures, invitations, books, cards, CD and DVD covers, certificates, envelopes, flyers, labels, letters, memos, newsletters, proposals, resumes, and more.
Browsing through a few thousand templates requires a bit of effort but having them organized by category helps the process.
Templates for Pages are professional templates that can be customized and personalized (and saved for use later). Some of the templates have as many as six pages and each template can swap out dummy text for your text, placeholder photos and graphics for your graphic elements.
That means you can change the color theme of each one with ease, move elements around on a page to suit your needs, even delete unwanted elements with a click. All the template does is give you a starting point that is hours ahead of doing it yourself.
Pages itself works a bit like a lightweight page layout application, so if you know your way around Pages, then you’ve encountered templates, and you already know the value of the head start that a package of templates provides.
All the template editing is done within Pages, too, so you’ll use the tools you’re familiar with to make edits and customize a template. Most of the templates are available in the standard A4 size or US Letter size.
Yes, there’s a package of Templates for Pages for iPhone and iPad (and thanks to an influx of Chromebooks to our school to replace some aging iPads, I haven’t had a chance to try out the iOS templates).
The only real issue when using Templates for Pages is the same as it is for using any document template. Your mileage may vary. While dropping text and graphics and photos into the default placeholders is a straightforward process, you may need to set your expectations properly. A template is a starting point, not an ending point. You will still need to make adjustments in the layout, color scheme, fonts (need to match those on your Mac or iPhone), and sizes.
Otherwise, what’s not to like about 2,400 Templates for Pages at about 10-cents each?