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Pages of questions and answers about Apple's word processor

Glenn Fleishman | July 14, 2015
If you've got a decently long history with the Mac, you'll remember AppleWorks and ClarisWorks. When Microsoft Office was a high-priced suite, AppleWorks and ClarisWorks were inexpensive (and sometimes thrown in). Apple stopped selling the last version in 2007, but files linger.

Linking inside ebooks

Roger Hart uses Pages to write ebooks that he publishes on Smashwords and Amazon:

I use Pages '09 to add bookmarks for each chapter name, then hyperlink to each bookmark, to create a linked table of contents. When I went to Yosemite, these two functions were missing--gone from the new version. Have these features been added to subsequent upgrades?

Pages 5 remains in a bit of rut, and those features are still missing. The ability to create an EPUB from Pages '09 and 5 is very useful, whether for sale, informal use among friends, or within an organization to distribute documents and manuals.

Thus, it's disappointing that while Apple has improved EPUB generally in Pages 5 over the previous release--Serenity Caldwell explained some major updates a year ago in version 5.2--it's still missing these much requested internal bookmarking features.

For anyone trying to restore Pages '09 to use for this or other purposes, see a May 2015 Mac 911 that explains the process.

Another option is to start in Pages 5, export and EPUB, and use the free Calibre software to spiff it up.

Text replacement displacement

Brad Stipp writes in with a more general Yosemite problem that can afflict us in Pages--or anywhere in which we're using OS X's autocorrection and autocompletion feature. Brad is using the option to set short bits of text that can be replaced with something you select, a la TextExpander and the like. (It's found in Keyboard system preferences > Text.)

I have at least a dozen times removed the word "call" (under the Replace column) with "Call me when you have a minute." (under the With column). After a short period of time (a day or two) they are added back. The same thing happens with "ok"/"okay".

The answer appears to be tied to iCloud Drive, and it might be a problem even if you don't have iCloud Drive enabled, but are using iCloud for other purposes.

In 10.9 Mavericks, text replacements were synced only if you had iCloud enabled and Documents & Data checked. In Yosemite, if iCloud Drive is checked, these items sync by default, and there's no way to disable it without getting into Terminal (and even then, that might cause a problem).

Some people have reported seeing issues in which all their Mavericks replacements disappeared in Yosemite until they enabled iCloud Drive. Other folks saw inconsistent behavior, including replacements disappearing and reappearing. Try enabling iCloud Drive, setting a replacement, and then seeing if it sticks.

If it doesn't, there's likely a corrupt database related to iCloud that's causing this recurring problem, and you'll need to get Apple's help to ferret out what to delete and rebuild.

 

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