Archive for the 'Pages' Category

OS X Tip: Better than ‘Paste and Match Style’

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 • 11:48 am

Yesterday, Jason Snell’s Six Colors web site posted a tip about using OS X’s built-in keyboard customization features to create a universal shortcut for a command for pasting as plain text. While the tip is not useless, it neglected to mention the fact that the menu command labelled “Paste and Match Style” is not nearly as […]

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More on Pages 5

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 • 10:23 am

Since my previous post on Pages 5 was mentioned on Daring Fireball, I have received quite a bit of feedback, both directly and indirectly. I’d like to address some of the issues about my post and this situation that were raised in that feedback, in order to clarify, as they say, “where I am coming from” […]

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Pages 5: An unmitigated disaster

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 • 8:45 am

Dear oh dear. They really have done it, haven’t they? They have taken what had evolved into a rather decent word processor / page layout application and have eliminated so many useful features that it effectively is now a piece of useless junk, and I honestly have no idea for whom this latest version of Pages […]

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Pages ’09: ‘The file format is invalid’

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 • 4:15 pm

Ever got this error when you tried to open a Word document in Pages ’09? I just did, and I now know why. See, Microsoft Word users in general and Windows users in particular are so confused about file extensions, and Microsoft’s user interface for dealing with file extensions is so confusing, that sometimes they do […]

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Word 2011: A mind of its own?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 • 10:16 am

Long-time Betalogue readers know that I could write about how crappy Microsoft Word is all day long. However, there is only so much you can say before the sheer inanity of the thing makes you want to do unspeakable things to a Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer voodoo doll. At that stage, I guess you […]

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Word 2011: Fix ‘Copy’ command with Keyboard Maestro

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 • 3:14 pm

There are two things in Word 2011 (admittedly, among numerous other ones) that are a constant source of irritation for me and that are so basic that it’s quite clear that Microsoft’s engineers have absolutely no clue about how people use their software in the real world, so much so that there is no hope of […]

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Pages documents in the Cloud: 5 MB for a blank document with plain text?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 • 10:37 am

The one thing I hate the most about cloud-based computing is the sense that I have lost control, that the computer does things on my behalf with very little input or feedback, and that things can fairly easily go wrong. And so I tend to avoid it like the plague. That said, as a tech […]

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Really Smart Paste: Keyboard Maestro and BBEdit to fix copied text from on-line database and other sources

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 • 11:02 am

As a professional translator in Canada, I am constantly referring to the TERMIUM database, which became accessible free-of-charge a couple of years ago as part of the Language Portal of Canada. One thing I do not like when using on-line databases, however, is having to retype things. Whenever I have to look up a term, […]

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Pages ’12: Top 3 list of improvements

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 • 3:04 pm

Pages ’12 obviously does not exist at this point in time. There have been no news about a new version of the iWork suite for OS X in years, and for all we know we might not get a significant update for another two or three years. Yes, the situation is that depressing. This cannot stop […]

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iWork ’09 and long documents

Monday, August 20th, 2012 • 9:13 am

If you want evidence that Mac users are being somewhat neglected by Apple these days because all the focus is on iOS devices, you just need to look at Apple’s iWork productivity suite. We are approaching the back-to-school season for the 2012–2013 school year and the software is still stuck at version… ’09 — which stands […]

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Pages ’09 Tip: Avoid automatic spacing when pasting text

Friday, July 6th, 2012 • 3:15 pm

One of the long-standing annoyances with computer software in general and Mac OS X software in particular is that, after all these years, there is still a strong American bias in many features. While Mac OS X is of course a multilingual OS and supports a number of “international” features, there are still system-wide or application-specific behaviours […]

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Word 2011: Pasting plain text and underlying formatting

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 • 8:26 am

Here is another one of the thousands of ways that Microsoft Word manages to annoy the user by not doing what is expected and what makes sense based on the user’s actions. Take this following situation: I am in the middle of a sentence that is in italics and I want to insert some plain […]

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Word 2011: Split bar, scrolling position and insertion point

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 • 9:29 am

Here’s a quick experiment. Open a multi-page Word document in page layout view (what is now called the “Print Layout” view mode) and scroll down to the end of the document. Then locate this control at the top of the scroll bar on the right-hand side: This is the control that you can use to […]

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Pages ’09 Tip: Shortcut for creating hyperlink

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 • 4:20 pm

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the annoying default behaviour of the “Link” inspector in Pages ’09, which is used to turn the selected text into a link: What’s annoying about it isn’t just that the “Link” inspector is the only way to create such a link, but also that, each and every time […]

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Pages ’09 in Lion: ‘Save As’ macro with Keyboard Maestro

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 • 4:49 pm

A couple of weeks ago, I asked in a blog post why Apple had decided to ditch the “Save As…” command in its Lion-optimized applications, including Pages ’09 and Numbers ’09. Today, I decided that I was not going to wait for an answer (which in all likelihood will never come) and that instead I should design […]

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