Articles posted in February, 2011

Pages ’09: Export as Word and automatic table of contents

Monday, February 28th, 2011 • 2:51 pm

If, like me, you regularly use Pages ’09 to edit Word documents and then export your work back in Word format before sharing it with other people, you need to aware of a number of issues, including what happens to automatic tables of contents. Both Word 2011 and Pages ’09 have a feature that inserts an automatic […]

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Word 2011: Can’t render embedded pictures properly

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 • 5:40 pm

If I had to provide a very visual illustration of the quality of Microsoft Word for Mac OS X, this would be a good example. I am working on a Word document authored by someone else. (I have no idea what version of Word they used. It’s apparently too much to ask that Word include that information […]

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Pages ’09: Export as Word and layout breaks (for multi-column text)

Monday, February 21st, 2011 • 11:37 am

Sometimes, when you are composing a document in your word processor, you have a list of items that’s a bit long, and each item is very short: In such a situation, you might want to put the list of items in two or three columns side by side. But you don’t want to have to […]

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Pages ’09: Export as Word and space between table and text

Saturday, February 19th, 2011 • 4:49 pm

By default, if you use the blank template in Pages ’09 to create a new document, you get a document in which the default paragraph style has zero space after and zero space before. (That was not the case with the first version of Pages back in 2005. Back then, the default body style has a […]

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Pages ’09: Export as Word fails to preserve footnote numbering option

Friday, February 18th, 2011 • 10:44 am

If, like me, you quite often use Pages ’09 instead of the Holy Crappiness known as Microsoft Word, and just export your Pages documents as Word documents before sharing them with other people, there are a number of problems that you need to be aware of and that require that you edit your exported Word documents […]

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Bell Satellite TV: Too good to be true

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 • 10:24 am

I am afraid I have to write a major correction to what I wrote last month about the service I received from my satellite TV provider, Bell Satellite TV. At the time, I wrote that I was having pretty serious signal reception problems and that the problems were eventually fixed by repairs completed over a […]

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PowerPoint 2011: Paragraph selection bug

Sunday, February 13th, 2011 • 11:10 am

Here’s yet another example of the pathetic level of attention to detail in Microsoft products for Mac OS X. (This level is close to zero.) Say you have a list of items formatted as bullets: I don’t need to tell you how common this type of thing is in PowerPoint presentations. As expected, a single click on […]

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Word 2011: Still too slow

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 • 4:37 pm

When Word 2011 came out, one of its big selling points was, as usual, a claim that it was faster than its predecessor, particularly for launch times. And I can confirm that, generally speaking, Word 2011 does launch significantly faster than Word 2008, although it still happens far too often that, for no apparent reason, […]

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Microsoft Office for Mac web site: uses a Windows-only font

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 • 4:14 pm

I don’t know about other Mac users, but when I go to the Microsoft web pages for Office for Mac, I get headings that look like this: And it does not get any better when I make things bigger: Or even bigger: For the record, this is in Safari, but it looks just as bad […]

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AirPort network problems: Let the assistant guide you

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 • 2:43 pm

“Long after death and taxes have both been abolished, network problems will remain.” — Luis Villazon, “OS X networking explained” No kidding. There is something that I really hate about troubleshooting network problems. It’s not just the fact that there are many things beyond your control, or that you often have to wait for an indeterminate […]

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On-going problems with iOS 4.x and battery drain

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 • 3:28 pm

I believe that it is quite obvious that there is a significant issue with iOS 4.x and battery life. Regular Betalogue readers might remember that I first encountered the issue when I upgraded my old, second-generation iPod touch to iOS 4.0 back in July 2010. After a fair amount of sleuthing, I was able to […]

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Wireless networking: WDS and AirTunes

Monday, February 7th, 2011 • 3:54 pm

A little while ago, I discovered the joys of music sharing over a wireless network. All it took was the purchase of AirPort Express base station and an AirPort Express Stereo Connection Kit. I added the AirPort Express to my local network and connected it to my music system’s A/V receiver in the living room […]

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NetNewsWire Tips: Persistence and Smart Lists

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 • 6:52 pm

I am a long-time NetNewsWire user. I don’t feel the need to explore other news readers at the moment, but lately I have had thoughts that have led me to discover additional features that make my news-reading experience more pleasant and efficient. It probably has to do with the fact that I now have a […]

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