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How to draw a simple flow diagram in Apple Pages

You can create a flow diagram like this in Pages by adding automatic’Connection Lines’ between shapes.
  1. Create some shapes in Apple Pages.
  2. Go to ‘Arrange’ and make sure ‘Stay on Page’ is selected. (Not ‘Move with Text’).
  3. Select the shapes you want to join. (Command-click to select more than one shape).
  4. From the ‘Insert’ Menu choose ‘Insert Connection Line’ and it will join the shapes with a line.
  5. Move the shapes around and the line will move with them!
Make sure that ‘Stay on Page’ is selected or the lines will not join to the boxes.
When 2 shapes are selected you can use a ‘Connection Line’ to join them.

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Apple admits that Pages cannot print in greyscale.

Last month I described a bug in Apple Pages which caused Pages to place hidden color information in greyscale documents. This is fine if you are printing at home but if you take those documents to a commercial printer you will be charged at color copy rates instead of black and white. At our local Officeworks store this means paying 65 cents per page instead of 8 cents.

Today Apple support contacted me to say that they are very sorry but that this is not a bug. It is the way the software was designed. Apple Pages cannot print a greyscale document. It can only print in color. They suggested that I could put in a ‘feature request’ to request that Pages print in greyscale.

This is outrageous. Apple in its software clearly gives the impression that it is printing in greyscale. When users discover the extra costs they have been incurring this potentially opens Apple to litigation. The color selector tools in Pages are clearly misleading. Let me explain.

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Apple printing bug costing users thousands of dollars.

A bug in Apple’s OS X printing software could see consumers unknowingly pay thousands of dollars extra in printing bills. The bug causes some black and white documents to be billed as colour documents by an attached printer. Businesses on a commercial printing plan will be potentially paying thousands of dollars extra in printing bills.

The bug causes some black and white documents to be billed as colour documents by an attached printer.

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How to open Apple Pages documents on an Android Phone.

Summary: Here’s an app that will let you read an Apple Pages document on an Android phone.

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How to type the copyright symbol “©” on a Mac

To type the copyright symbol simply hold down the option key and press the ‘g’ key. Option-g will type the copyright symbol in any program. This works in Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word, Keynote etc.

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How to get an image or photo out of an Apple Pages document

 

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I was recently given a Pages document to print for someone but the picture was too dark. In this article I described how to get a photo out of keynote, so I thought I’d give it a go with Pages – it worked!  I was able to extract the Photo as full resolution, edit it in Photos App, then put it back in the Pages document to print. Here’s how.

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How to get awesome templates for Pages documents

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I was in a rush to do some graphic design last week and I went searching for pre-made design templates for Pages. The last time I did this it was a waste of time – the ‘professional’ templates were, well, my kids could do a better job. This time though I found some stunning templates.

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How to add a drop shadow to an image

Here’s how to use Pages to quickly add a drop-shadow to an image.  This is what it looks like:

Apple with Drop Shadow