Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion Update Includes Hebrew Support

The Apple Menu and Safari's menu bar in Hebrew

The Apple Menu and Safari's menu bar in Hebrew

Yesterday, Apple Inc. released a minor update numbered 10.7.3 to Mac OS X Lion that included one major feature for Israelis and Jews: Hebrew support.

Mac OS X had previously included robust Hebrew text entry support in the Finder file browser and most applications (Microsoft Office applications being notable exceptions), but the OS has generally lacked translations for menus, dialog boxes, and other interface elements.

Our tests have shown that in addition to translations of Finder text, there is now a Hebrew dictionary, better right-to-left support, and translations of major Apple default applications like Preview, Safari, and Address Book. Other applications like Mail and iTunes have yet to receive translations.

To turn on Hebrew translations or change other language settings, head to System Preferences, and click on “Language and Text”. Then drag Hebrew to be first in the priority of languages. The settings change takes effect for newly-opened applications and for the Finder after logging out and logging back in.

In addition to Hebrew translations, the new OS update includes new support for Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian languages. For more on the update, see Apple’s web site.

Settings, in Hebrew

Reordering Hebrew to be first priority

Reordering Hebrew to be first priority

6 replies
  1. Cantor Ross Wolman
    Cantor Ross Wolman says:

    As someone who typesets Hebrew weekly in Word and Keynote, I am eager for the day when Hebrew unicode support is integrated into OS X.

    Thanks for the great post!

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      • Cantor Ross Wolman
        Cantor Ross Wolman says:

        Mellel is crap. I have Nisus but the learning curve is too steep. I just switch on Parallels and work on MS Word and Davka in Windows 7. I only switched to Mac last year so it’s easier. STILL, Keynote is much more powerful than ppt and it’s worth it for the struggle. Thanks though.

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        • riklar
          riklar says:

          Mellel is crap for you and wonderful for me.
          What is wrong with Apple that it doesn’t integrate R2L support in it iWork pakage, and expecially not in Pages.
          Why they are refusing to do so, it is hard to understand.

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