A step up from MS Word? Desktop publishing software?
December 21, 2010 7:04 PM Subscribe
I've been fighting with a 60 page Word document that has become unbearable. Is it me? Is it Word? Do I need to be using different software in combination with Word?
posted by fieldtrip to Computers & Internet (32 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Seven or so different people have worked on this document using different versions of Word (and maybe saving the file differently), there are tons of tables in it, there are some tables that were saved by someone as jpg and inserted, there are many, many different styles of headers and styles of bullets.
After fighting with this monstrosity for hours and being incredibly frustrated it seems like there must be a better way. For example, I'll have all the page breaks set up where I want them then someone will edit the document yet again and the page breaks will get all screwed up again. I know - I probably shouldn't worry about page breaks until the end but there is a certain amount of formatting I would like to get straight as I go.
I'm wondering if I just need to learn how to use Word better (I've been using the program for maybe a decade now so I thought I was fairly proficient) or if I should graduate to a desktop publishing software for the formatting part. If it matters at all, the document in my example ultimately was converted into a pdf (because it had to be uploaded that way as part of a grant application). I have Adobe Acrobat Pro if that helps.
When do you use Word and when do you use desktop publishing software? What software do you use? Is there a free or low cost option? Do I just need to suck it up and learn all of Words' bizarre intricacies?