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What's with the limited Zoom options?

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softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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Aug 2, 2011 9:19 PM

Just switched to Pages about a month ago after seven years of using Word for Mac (and 7 years of trying and discarding alternatives, OpenOffice, Scribus, etc).

 

Now, I have to say, I'm impressed. I could stick with this but for one thing that's really interupting my workflow: the limited zoom options. Why is there no way to specify the exact amount you want (like say 175%), and why can't you zoom in and out like you can with Preview using the trackpad?

 

Both these functions are standard in Apple progs and use regular OS-defined routines (right??). Is there any way to enable them (partic' the trackpad dynamic zoom), say in Terminal?

 

I can't live with no options between 150% to 200% on my screen. Please don't tell me I'm going to have to go back to Word again...:(

MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.7), 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,190 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 12:17 AM (in response to softwater)

    Pages is rather overdue for an update, so maybe it will get Preview-like zoom when and if that happens. For now, one thing you might try is to select Fit Page or Fit Width. These choices will allow you to create any zoom by changing the size of the enclosing window of the app.

     

    Jerry

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 1:32 AM (in response to softwater)

    Not an error, a design choice.

    And in Numbers the choice is more drastic because there is no way to apply a factor which isn't predefined.

     

    In Pages it's really easy to edit it.

    I do that for months in my scripts.

    Here is a short script doing only that.

     

    --{code}

    --[SCRIPT set_Pages_zoom_factor]

    (*

    Enregistrer le script en tant que Script : set_Pages_zoom_factor.scpt

    déplacer le fichier ainsi créé dans le dossier

    <VolumeDeDémarrage>:Users:<votreCompte>:Library:Scripts:Applications:Pages:

    Il vous faudra peut-être créer le dossier Pages et peut-être même le dossier Applications.

     

    Ouvrir un document Pages

    Aller au menu Scripts , choisir Pages puis choisir “set_Pages_zoom_factor”

    Tapez le coefficient de votre choix.

     

    --=====

     

    L’aide du Finder explique:

    L’Utilitaire AppleScript permet d’activer le Menu des scripts :

    Ouvrez l’Utilitaire AppleScript situé dans le dossier Applications/AppleScript.

    Cochez la case “Afficher le menu des scripts dans la barre de menus”.

    Sous 10.6.x,

    aller dans le panneau “Général” du dialogue Préférences de l’Éditeur Applescript

    puis cocher la case “Afficher le menu des scripts dans la barre des menus”.

     

    --=====

     

    Save the script as a Script: set_Pages_zoom_factor.scpt

     

    Move the newly created file into the folder:

    <startup Volume>:Users:<yourAccount>:Library:Scripts:Applications:Pages:

    Maybe you would have to create the folder Pages and even the folder Applications by yourself.

     

    Open a Pages document.

    Go to the Scripts Menu, choose Pages, then choose “set_Pages_zoom_factor”

    Enter the wanted zoom factor.

     

    --=====

     

    The Finder’s Help explains:

    To make the Script menu appear:

    Open the AppleScript utility located in Applications/AppleScript.

    Select the “Show Script Menu in menu bar” checkbox.

    Under 10.6.x,

    go to the General panel of AppleScript Editor’s Preferences dialog box

    and check the “Show Script menu in menu bar” option.

     

    --=====

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France)

    2011/08/03

    *)

    --=====

     

    on run

              local coefficient

     

              repeat

                        set coefficient to text returned of (display dialog "Type the wanted zoom value…" default answer "175")

                        try

                                  set coefficient to coefficient * 1

                                  exit repeat

                        end try

              end repeat

              tell application "Pages" to tell window 1

                        set view scale to coefficient

              end tell

    end run

     

    --=====

    --{code}

    --[/SCRIPT]

     

    (1) Don't hope for a major update before 2012.

    (2) The resize handle (which no longer exists in Lion) is not dedicated to change the zoom factor but the size of the displayed area.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mercredi 3 août 2011 10:28:12

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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 3:23 AM (in response to softwater)

    This one was easy to build but I fought hours trying to build one for Numbers.

    Alas, this one round the given values to one of the predefined ones.

     

    I searched the resource ruling that with the hope to be able to edit it on the fly but, nada.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mercredi 3 août 2011 12:22:51

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


    Please : Search for questions similar to your own before submitting them to the community

     

    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

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