Thursday, January 17, 2013

iOS Word Processor for Arabic/Hebrew

Because Pages for iOS has bugs which make it largely unsuitable for writing Arabic/Hebrew, I have been looking at other word processor apps to see if they could do things correctly. e.g. a) start the sentence at the right side of the page, b) normal cursor behavior,  and c) correct positioning of numbers, punctuation, and list headings -- while still having the the ability to produce rich text in various formats.

The best I have found so far is Textilus.   

But I am not much of an expert at Arabic/Hebrew.  If any readers know of shortcomings with Textilus or have other suggestions, please comment.


Magnus Lewan said...

Hi Tom, Is there any list of which apps do not work with Arabic/Hebrew? I know it is virtually all of them, but it would be nice to know which ones it is not even worth trying.

I know Pages is out. What about Google Docs, QuickOffice, Documents to Go, etc.? Do they fail on typing, copy and paste, etc?

Tom Gewecke said...

Good question. I mostly just tried typing. The simple text editors seemed to do ok, but the more complex apps, including googledrive, smart office, quick office, docs to go, were awful in various ways.