What's the word on ditching Word?
September 3, 2007 8:47 AM Subscribe
Help me ditch Word, yet still deliver a document that uses Word templates.
posted by grumblebee to computers & internet (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I switched from PC to Mac, I decided not to buy MS Office. I don't miss it, I don't want it, and I've fallen in love with simple text editors like Writeroom and Textmate. But my publisher wants me to use a specific Word template (which he provides).
I'm hoping there's a way I can write in a plain text editor and mark text that ultimately needs to be set to a specific style in the template. E.g. Chapter One[/1] might mean that this text should be changed to Heading 1 style.
Then, later on -- in some other app -- I'd search for  ... [/1] and apply the style.
What's that other app? I know I could do it IN Word, but then I have to buy and install Word, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Is there an alternative? Some freeware, shareware or open-source app (Open Office?) that can use a Word templates (and can spit out a Word doc using that template)?
Extra points if it also can interpret Word's track-changes feature, so that my publisher and I can still use it.
Is there a good text-editor-to-doc workflow or do I need to breakdown and buy Word?