I’ve been using Apple’s Pages since its release. I particularly like this “word processing / page layout” hybrid for preparing my classroom workbooks when I teach photography. I can write, layout, and add images all at once. As my brain goes, so goes Pages. (If you want to see a sample, I’ve published some of the speaking notes from my recent Aperture workshop. The download is a 30-page, 5.8 MB document created in Pages and exported to PDF.)
During the recent Macworld SF Expo, I stopped by the Apple booth for a Pages 2 demo. This application is evolving wonderfully. One of the things that really stood out was how you can use Pages 2 to manage .doc files. You can create your document in Pages, then save it as .doc. What’s slightly mind blowing is then you can open the document in MS Word and continue to edit it, even the tables you created in Pages.
I’ve done some testing in Pages 1 with this, and it went fairly well. But Pages 2 seems to raise the bar. And as far as I’m concerned, working in Pages is much more enjoyable and intuitive than MS Word. It might be something to consider for your document workflow.