Right-to-Left Functionality in New Version of Pages

For those biblical studies people out there who use Macs, the new version of Pages released with the new OS X Mavericks operating system appears to have full support of right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic. I tested out some text that mixed English and Hebrew across several lines and paragraph breaks, and it worked beautifully. I could even use the SBL Hebrew font without screwing up the line spacing.


6 responses to “Right-to-Left Functionality in New Version of Pages

  • VRS

    That sounds very interesting. Do you know how Pages compares with Mellel? I find Mellel’s big disadvantage is not being able to do simple diagrams (I often want an arrow or something similar – Mellel can’t do that). Other than that, I find Mellel very good at handling pointed Hebrew, but would be happy to pay out for something a little more powerful.

    • Daniel O. McClellan

      I don’t know how they compare, but if you update to the new OS X Mavericks, which is free, you can download Pages from the App Store for free. They’re going to be offering the whole suite for free, which is another bonus.

  • Hasan

    Wow! Good news!!

    Thanks DanielšŸ™‚

  • hananirapoportani

    Is it working with both ipad3 and iPhone 5s? It costs only $10 in the App Store. Thanks

    • Daniel O. McClellan

      I haven’t ever used either on the iPhone or iPad. I’ll have to give it a try.

      • hananirapoport

        Thanks! I tried it briefly last night basic writing in Hebrew and English.

        Noticed changing language creates a problem because it does not fully change Right to Left .

        But Hebrew only works fine.

        Will continue to try.

        Sent from my iPhone

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