Reverse typing - is it possibel

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  1. siam macrumors regular

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    I have been asked to help out at a local village school, and they want me to print some thing in reveres English :), EG ... To day is Friday .. yadirF si yad oT.

    I am using 10.5.3 and have Neoffice installed , does any one know how i can simply do this on my new iMac please

    Thanks
     
  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Not sure if there is an easy way, but it could be done like this:

    1 Type the text as normal.
    2. Print it out.
    3. Scan the page of printed text and save as a .jpg file
    4. Open in Photoshop and Edit / Flip Horizontally
    5. Save and Print.

    Hopefully someone will suggest something simpler, but this will work. (I just tried it)

    FJ
     
  3. motulist macrumors 68040

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    Good idea, but there's no reason to print it out first. Just print to a PDF file, then just reverse the PDF image file.
     
  4. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi Fj , thanks for the quick reply , unfortunately I don't have a scanner , I was hoping that may be I could download some thing that would allow me to just do the reverse typing :) , thanks any way .
     
  5. motulist macrumors 68040

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    See my post above. No printer or scanner necessary.
     
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Thanks motulist, I thought there must be a simpler way of doing it .. :eek:
     
  7. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks very much I would be lost with out you guy's ... :)
     
  8. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I have been rescued by Mac Rumor members on quite a few occasions as well, so I'll take this opportunity to thank everyone as well .. :)
     
  9. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    Quite a few text editors, like Textmate, have a "Transpose feature" that will let you type everything out, select all, and reverse everything. Just a simple key command.

     
  10. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks mnkeybsness , This is my first Apple Mac ever so every things new to me, ive had a go at ...

    Just print to a PDF file, then just reverse the PDF image file.

    But I am finding it difficult to get the pdf to reverse so your comment about ... text editors and ..."Transpose feature"
    are most welcome , I really If I can want to find a freware
    text editor if possible :)

    Thanks ...
     
  11. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    ergdegdeg , Just to say thank you for the link, it works fine now I can keep the local school happy :)

    much appreciated ... :apple:
     
  12. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    further thoughts for the OP.... flipping the PDF image file is different than transposing the text.

    Both ways will reverse the order of the letters, however flipping a pdf will also change the shape of the letters. ie a 'S' will be shaped more like a 'Z', or in other words the letters will be a mirror image. Could be hard for your students to recognize individual letters if reading off the paper.

    If you want to kids to be able to read the text in the mirror, then the first method is good.

    Transposing keeps the shape of the letters correct, and merely reorders them. Not good for mirror reading, but easier for reading off the page.

    Keep up the good work!
     
  13. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks snberk103 , good point I am sure the kid's will enjoy seeing the '' strange '' looking English :) and make learning a bit more fun ...

    Thanks
     

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