Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Social Network App for Language Exchange

I recently became aware of an unusual app designed to facilitate social networking across language barriers and help people learning another language.  The range of languages supported seems quite large.  For further info go to

I have not had a chance to try it myself.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Language Improvements In iOS and Mac Pages And Keynote

The new versions of iOS and Mac Pages and Keynote released by Apple April 1 have several new features for Arabic/Hebrew.

In Pages:

+New Arabic and Hebrew templates
+Improved support for bi-directional text
+Word count for Hebrew

In Keynote:

+Improved bi-directional support:  switch direction for text, lists and tables

I have not had a chance to test many of these yet, but I see that multicolumn text flow is now correct in Pages for RTL scripts.  To see the new templates you need to switch the OS language to Arabic/Hebrew.

iWork for iCloud Beta: Still No Support For RTL Or Indic Scripts

The improvements added by Apple to iWork for iCloud beta on April 1 did not included any fixes to the broken rendering of Arabic or Indic scripts reported earlier.