Following up from the previous post about Pages here on Medium, I want to pay more attention to character styles, this time on iOS. My usual set of character-level formatting definitions is as follows:
– small caps
– all caps
– some colour in bold, if needed
In more capable applications, such as Nisus Writer Pro and InDesign, I end up having more italic styles, for different languages, and a no-break style, which can be used at the end of the typesetting tasks, when one wants to hone weird-looking ends of lines…
It may not be well known that two character formats, strikethrough and underline, can be set as character styles and thus be more accessible when setting text. To create one, follow these steps:
Many of us defend Apple for sundry and positive reasons, but at present, truly, buying a new Mac is somewhat less than enjoyable. Let me reword it: your purchase will be a great experience provided you’re not looking for a mid-range computer.
The mere mortal isn’t a photo or video editor, a programmer who needs to run Xcode, a graphic designer, a Logic user…, that is, an advanced user. I’m not. It just happens that I use, mostly simultaneously, InDesign, Word, three or four windows of Preview, Mail, Spark, Numbers and half a dozen to ten Safari tabs and, for…
Recently, PDFpen and PDFpen Pro (MacOS) have risen up to version 9 and, as a result, the PDF format has become more friendly. The new features list speaks for itself. Let me choose my favourites:
– Selection of multiple annotations.
– Selection of multiple items in tables of contents.
– Exporting to JPG and PNG image formats.
– Removal of the OCR layer.
– Highlighting of all instances of a search.
– Hand tool for navigation.
I was one of the petitioners for the last one. The hand tool gives the user manoeuvrability: zoom in, move the page with the…
In my lists of examples (of words, expressions, punctuation…), I use the characters ⸢ ⸣ to mark the parts of a text which stand out for whatever reason. They demarcate very well the segments and spare me from the ambiguity that square brackets would have. I’ve already got used to them and I insert them quickly thanks to a Keyboard Maestro shortcut.
The definition of the Keyboard Maestro’s macro (with Ctrl Opt Cmd + as trigger) consists in the following commands:
Duet (19,99# on iOS, free on macOS; there is a Pro version, 19,99€/year) is one of those applications that only do one thing and do it right. It adds a screen to a computer using a lightning cable and its recent update came in with an emulation of the Touch Bar sported by the late MacBook Pros.
Even though seeing and “touching” the Touch Bar in a Duet screen may not be a transforming experience, it gives us the chance of familiarise ourselves with it. Moreover, for those who know that the next MacBook Pro will have to wait two or three years, why not checking the Touch Bar starting now?
These are my questions:
In the same terms, what if third-party applications could friendly operate using common interfaces? We could build our own productivity suites. For instance, I would very much like to bring together Texttool, Textastic, Mellel and Goodreader.
Is that so unattainable? Is iOS that limited?
There’s huge value in the iPad Pro, a device where I write in Ulysses, make an extensive use of the PDF annotation feature in Goodreader, manage my Pinboard bookmarks with Pinswift, search the Wikipedia through V for Wikipedia, jot down small pieces of text in Drafts, browse some blogs using Flipboard and other common tasks. However, many times I find myself asking why I’m not making use of some good-looking apps. Here you have three of them.
With the lite version, the user can build simple, neat forms and later fill them in and view the results. …
When we create documents on iOS, be it using the accustomed class of text processors, in which we have Pages, Mellel and Word, or the new type of structured writing applications, well represented by Ulysses and Scrivener, the iPad makes us adapt to light applications, siblings of others existing on macOS. That lightness factor is not a small one.
There are two missing functionalities we can take as representative of the limitations of iOS as a writing environment: first, the capability of creating paragraph and character styles; second, the possibility of assigning a language to a piece of text. (I…
Writing on a Mac – Thoughts about typography and digital writing tools.