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