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Customizing Pages ’09: Keyboard Maestro palettes

Monday, May 16th, 2011

After reading my recent post about using DragThing to further customize my Pages ’09 work environment by adding an application-specific dock that would function as a floating palette and provide buttons to execute run-only versions of the AppleScript scripts that I also use in combination with Keyboard Maestro to have convenient keyboard shortcuts for common actions, […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Controlling ‘After Paragraph’ value with GUI scripting

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

After I posted about customizing the Pages ’09 user interface with a DragThing dock that performs AppleScript scripts earlier today, I decided to further investigate the reason why I was unable to directly control the value of the “After Paragraph” text field in the “Text” tab of the Text inspector. I had the following script: tell […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Extra tools palette with DragThing

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

A while ago, I wrote about my use of Keyboard Maestro and AppleScript to create a keyboard shortcut for formatting options like “Keep with following paragraph” and “Keep lines together.” With the default user interface in Pages ’09, the only way to access these commands is through the “More” tab of the Text inspector: When you […]

Customizing Pages ’09: How to work around the AppleScript bug with documents containing an automatic table of contents (Part 2)

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Last year, I wrote a series of articles on customizing Pages ’09 with a combination of AppleScript and Keyboard Maestro. At the time, I noted that AppleScript support in Pages ’09 suffered from a bug causing it to fail to compute the offset of the current selection in a document if that selection comes after a section […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Real Page Up/Down with Keyboard Maestro

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The default behaviour of the Page Up and Page Down keys in Pages ’09 has one rather irritating aspect. Say you have a multiple-page document open in Pages ’09. You scroll back to the very beginning of the document and then you select the “Fit Page” option in the zoom menu in the bottom-left corner of the […]

Customizing Pages ’09: How to work around the AppleScript bug with documents containing an automatic table of contents

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

A few months ago, I wrote about a bug in Pages ’09’s AppleScript functionality that causes all kinds of problems when working on documents that contain an automatic table of contents. In essence, the presence of the table of contents renders many scripts unusable, because, when a table of contents is present, AppleScript fails to compute […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Updated scripts for toggling All Caps and Small Caps

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Last month I wrote a post about creating shortcuts for toggling the “All Caps” and “Small Caps” character formatting options in Pages ’09. If you just assign a keyboard shortcut to either command using Mac OS X’s built-in “Keyboard Shortcuts” feature in System Preferences, it will be a shortcut that only works one way, to apply […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Scripts for text inside table cells

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on customizing my work environment in Pages ’09 using a combination of AppleScript scripts and Keyboard Maestro. In particular, I have been using this approach to define custom keyboard shortcuts for applying specific character styles and paragraph styles. But in the process of customizing Pages ’09, I also […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Scripts unusable for text inside table cells

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

My recent surge of enthusiasm for Pages ’09 customizations using a combination of the application’s AppleScript support and Keyboard Maestro has, unfortunately, also led me to discover the limitations of said AppleScript support. I already noted that the “Title Case” capitalization option in Pages ’09’s “Format” menu does not seem to have an AppleScript equivalent, which is […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Switching character styles with AppleScript

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote my first post about using a combination of AppleScript and a third-party utility such as Keyboard Maestro or FastScript to customize Pages ’09 and more specifically to assign shortcuts other than F1–F8 to paragraph and character styles. In that post, I indicated that my script for applying the paragraph […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Changing the behaviour of command-Up and command-Down with Keyboard Maestro

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

There is one particular pair of keyboard shortcuts that has a special meaning in Apple’s applications that I simply cannot get used to, and that is the pair command-Up / command-Down. In Apple’s applications, including not just Pages ’09, but also TextEdit, Mail, and Safari, command-Up moves the insertion point all the way back to the […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Using Keyboard Maestro to bypass Apple’s idiotic table shortcuts

Monday, April 12th, 2010

One of the few things that truly drive me insane in Apple’s iWork applications is the keyboard shortcuts that they have chosen for the commands to insert additional rows or columns in a table. When you are in a table in Pages ’09, for example, you can use option-Right to insert insert a new column after […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Writing centuries in French

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The proper way to write something like “20th Century” in French is the following: xxe siècle where “xx” is the number in roman numerals in small caps and “e” is a small superscript “e.” As you can imagine, if you have write this type of thing repeatedly in a text, it can quickly become pretty […]

Customizing Pages ’09: Shortcuts to toggle All Caps and Small Caps

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Like Microsoft Word, Pages ’09 comes with a built-in character formatting option called “All Caps” (in the “Format” menu, under “Font › Capitalization”). The main benefit of having a formatting option for this as opposed to a command that just changes the case (as if you’d typed with CapsLock on) is that it is easily reversible (and […]

Customizing Pages ’09: System Events and modifier keys

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

After my post last week on using scripts and keyboard shortcuts to customize Pages ’09, I was in a “customizing” mood and decided to revisit an old issue for which I used to have a scripted solution back in the days when Microsoft Word was my main word processing tool. The issue has to do with […]