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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 […]

Pages ’12: Top 3 list of improvements

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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 […]

Pages ’09 Tip: Shortcut for creating hyperlink

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Solution for saving and restoring pages/tabs in Safari

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

After reading my last “Apple Peel” column, a reader wrote me to mention a possible solution for users who want to quickly save and restore their open pages/tabs in Safari. The AppleScript-based solution is available on the ever-reliable Mac OS X Hints web site. Like John Gruber noted a while back, Safari in its current […]

My experience with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) on my 2014 Mac Pro

Friday, March 18th, 2016

I haven’t written on this blog since last year and my very traumatic experience with upgrading my 2014 Mac Pro to OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). It’s not that I don’t have anything more to say about OS X or other topics. It’s just that I find it less time-consuming and more immediate to post things on Twitter, […]

Mac OS X Tip: How to bring a single Safari window to the foreground with a keyboard shortcut

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

A while ago, I wrote about my futile attempts to find a way to bring a single Safari window to the foreground with a keyboard shortcut without bringing all other Safari windows to the foreground at the same time. It is of course very easy to bring a single Safari window to the foreground by […]

AppleScript: Trying to bring one Safari window to the front without bringing all Safari windows to the front

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

I have a fairly simple problem. I use Safari to view a variety of web pages that I read right away or that I leave open in Safari in order to read them later. And I also use Safari to access a terminology database called TERMIUM that I need for my translation work. When I […]