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Any plans for an import facility for Apple Pages files to Aff Publisher? Or ability to safely open Pages documents in Publisher?

This would be a great transition tool, making Publisher even more attractive among those with standingPages documents.


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Hello,
I'm also a Pages user. Yet, some jobs won't be done with Pages because it lacks few tiny details to use it professionally. Publisher - it's my guess - needs preciser indications to "translate" the documents in a proper way.

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11 hours ago, Castle Al said:

Hello,
I'm also a Pages user. 

Yes, I agree completely with Castle Al.

Pages is lacking a number of controls. For the other controls which ARE present in Pages and available in AffPub, the precision levels in Pages are nowhere as high as AffPub's.


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On 5/23/2019 at 6:57 PM, Seadog said:

Pages is lacking a number of controls. For the other controls which ARE present in Pages and available in AffPub, the precision levels in Pages are nowhere as high as AffPub's.

I'm not sure that I understand why missing or low precision controls in Pages files prevent their import; I can see why it can't be a two-way process, but part of the reason for importing is to get access to better facilities.

I have a number of Pages documents that I would like to combine into one AffPub publication. The only option seems to be to to cut and paste the text, redefine the paragraph- and character- styles used (a one-off operation for the document) and then manually select the text and assign it to the styles - a major task in this case. (There is another option, of course; export the Pages files to PDFs and place the images. This is ugly, and involves keeping both the editable Pages documents and the linked PDFs.)

I'm guessing that the demand for such a facility would be too low for it to be worth implementing, so I'm adding this comment in the hope that some wise person will say 'You can get the effect you need by...'

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5 hours ago, JohnoFon said:

only option seems to be to to cut and paste the text, redefine the paragraph- and character- styles used (a one-off operation for the document) and then manually select the text and assign it to the styles

My opinion is that professional way would be to save .pages as .docx and import that. Jettison all styles information and use you own styles. Using Pages for layout design, all the way or as starting point is not professional. Too many things can go wrong or demand endless adjustment.

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