Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 4:09 PM (in response to JimBe)
I'm not seeing your problem with automatically breaking the word "President". Here's an example I just tried:
Pardon the grammar where I was padding the sentence to cause President to break. If you just don't like where the word was broken, that's another matter. Pages is using the rules that I remember being taught.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to JimBe)
Inspector > Document > check Hyphenate
How many hundred dollars have you set aside for Pages Pro?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 3:16 PM (in response to JimBe)
It's kind of weird, Jerry, when I went back to my document, I found some instances of "president" where it was hyphenated as you show. Then I later found some other words — funny, turbans, and immersed — that would not break.
But when I inserted a hyphen manually — fun-ny, tur-bans, and im-mersed — the line above had enough room and would take the first syllable. Certainly, it is possible to override the non-hyphenation and DIY.
Here's the sci-fi weird part: I did a little test in my document and created three sentences that had those three words at the end of a line, then I added one letter at a time to see if Pages would break the words.
And it did. Well, it did on "turbans" and "immersed." But on "funny," it would not. I got the same result as I originally noticed.
So in the same document (yes, the "hyphenate" box is checked for the document), I have sentences where it does not break those words and where it does break those words. When computers give me different results under the — seemingly — same conditions, then I give up. Maybe it's a bug. Or a feature that I don't understand.
Or maybe my computer needs an upgrade, or a fresh OS install, or permissions repair, or a reboot, or maybe I should just stop worrying about this, except I was raised on Quark Xpress, and I have good typography in my DNA.
And, Peter, if there was a Pages Pro that would:
— allow you to use discretionary, or soft, hyphens
— allow you to manually enter unrecognized words into the dictionary and specify their hyphenation points
— allow you to create a baseline grid and lock type to it
— allow you to export .mobi files as well as .epub
I would certainly pay, oh, let's say, $100 for it. And that's just for "Pages Pro," not a package that includes Numbers and Keynote, which I never use.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have made those suggestions in the "Provide Pages Feedback" section.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2013 1:47 AM (in response to JimBe)
I can think of a much longer list of more crucial changes to make it Professional. But then Apple doesn't do Professional anymore. Professional almost by definition rules out "uninformed, easily duped consumer".
Pages' price does reflect that it is aimed at the consumer. They may not want to pay the measily $100 which still does not bring it into the professional class.
Serif PagePlus on Windows, the closest to a Pro-Am DTP app, is a hundred dollars and then they hit you for a string of extras until they've got what they think it's worth.