Since switching to Macs over three years ago, my firm has continued to use Microsoft Word. Why? Well, for no reason other than it is what we were used to, since we had used it back in our PC days. Honestly, doing something a certain way because "it’s always been done that way" is not a good enough reason.
I have wanted to switch our firm over to Apple’s Pages for quite some time. In fact, I had intended to do so before the end of 2007, but I simply didn’t have time to do so between working on my clients’ cases and my speaking engagements. Not that I’m complaining, as being too busy is a wonderful "problem" to have.
Yesterday, I was completing a long document to fax to another attorney on a pressing matter. Just as I finished it, #%&@ Word locked up on me and caused me to lose the whole document. As a result, I had to redo it at double-speed to meet the deadline, which is less than ideal. I decided that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and I made the decision that we were making the move to Pages right now!
For quite some time, I have used Pages for my non-work writing, including both my personal correspondence and seminar presentation materials. Simply put, it is an outstanding program. It is very intuitive and easy to use, yet is has very powerful features. Best of all, it is stable and has never locked up or frozen on me. After all, if the best software program in the world isn’t dependable, how useful is it?
I will keep you posted over the coming weeks as to how our transition goes, but I fully anticipate that it will be very smooth. My assistant has never used Pages before, but I am confident that she will pick it up and master it in no time. After all, she had never used a Mac until I replaced her PC with one, and within a day she was extremely comfortable with it. Stay tuned …