Thursday, January 19, 2012

New iBook Author App Has Same RTL Bugs as iWork

My initial tests indicate that the new iBook Author app announced by Apple 1/19/12 has the same bugs with Arabic/Hebrew input as the iWork apps and iWeb have always had. There is no setting for "writing direction" (such as found in TextEdit) and the cursor doesn't work properly, so that editing via insertion/deletion is pretty much impossible.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do we go at this?

We need to use iBook author for Arabic lessons and as I read that, the software does not support Multidirection editing.

How can we pass throught this barrier?

Thanks
Harib

Tom Gewecke said...

Unless you can do what you want via copy/paste, you will just have to use some other app. The place to ask Apple to fix stuff is

http://www.apple.com/feedback/ibooks-author.html

Frank said...

10.7.3 also includes a Hebrew localisation, which is rather exciting. I'm not sure, though, if it fixes the R2L bugs in the other applications…

Tom Gewecke said...

Thanks Frank! Normally having an OS localization would have zero effect on text engine bugs. Having Arabic has not helped, but there is always hope with any update...

Solly Ezekiel said...

Hi Guys

Any updates on the ability to type Hebrew fonts into ibooks author?

Tom Gewecke said...

Solly -- No, nothing has changed. You might want to look at

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4256012