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How do you work with complex vector files?

I'm trying to make a 24x36" poster from some Excel tables. They're somewhat complex -- half-finished example here (Flickr link). I exported PDFs from Excel and used Inkscape to arrange them. But Inkscape can't handle this much stuff at one time without becoming unusably slow. How can I arrange the layout while keeping everything vector? [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on Jun 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Corporate copy editors of Metafilter, untie!

Is there anyone else like us out there? Help me find other copy editors in the business world for networking and discussion of best practices. [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Good headphones (nothing more, nothing less)

I (project manager) work together with my wife (film editor) in a shared office. I like music while I work and she doesn't. One of us needs to be able to hear and respond to the real world, while the other needs not know it even exists. What headphones would be best placed to provide a high level of audio isolation, given the nature of sound in film editing (sometimes quiet), be comfortable for long periods and have a good audio range?
posted by a non e mouse on Oct 7, 2013 - 25 answers

Looking for a replacement for Googledocs

O hai! I'm a Google avoider. I've managed to not use Gmail, and to stop using Google as a search engine. I do have a Google account, but I use a separate browser to log into that, and log out and close the browser when I'm done. My online Google-avoiding life would be complete if only I could find a good replacement for Googledocs, preferrably free. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Sep 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I just google this?

What do I need to know about promoting my small online business using Google AdWords? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 26, 2013 - 9 answers

That's SanDeE* with a star

Sometimes I have to edit a document that contains many instances of the same proper name, such as a story about a person named Scheindler. Is there an easy way to get Word (or another program that I could paste the document into) to indicate any instances that are clearly trying to be Scheindler, but aren't (Schindler or Schiendler or Sheindler)? [more inside]
posted by payoto on Apr 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Comments in balloons suddenly go missing when printing in Word 2010.

When I edit a document in Word 2010, I use Track Changes and insert comments (using balloons to call them out). 90% of the time, authors and I work back and forth without having to print these documents, but occasionally, printing them with the comments visible (i.e., with the balloons appearing in the right margin) is necessary. This has never been a problem. UNTIL NOW. [more inside]
posted by scody on Mar 27, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm an idiot episode 672: how to handle a cover letter mistake

I applied for a job in my field recently at company B and just noticed that I left in a sentence from a previous application in my cover letter that mentions the name of the company I'd previously applied to (company A). Whoops. I'm in a fairly small field and company A is one that people have mixed feelings about mainly because they have lots and lots of money and publicity. Should I drop the company I'm currently applying to an email acknowledging my error or not? If I do, any suggestions on how to phrase it other than "I'm an idiot, please forgive me.) [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Feb 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Looking for a free video conversion software program

Looking for a recommendation for any free video conversion software programs... [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

How to "copy on drag" text in Windows 7?

I need to copy text between a commercial text editor (TextPad 6.1.3 by Helios) and a home brew program used by my company. When I try to do this now, the highlighted text is moved/cut rather than copied. Is there a Windows 7 or TextPad setting I can use to force the behavior to copy rather than cut the text? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

2d Animation for Marketing Videos - What tools should I learn (Windows)?

If I was to go from zero to learning one tool/software for professional 2d video animation and editing (creating simple animation/transitions and splicing live/animated content) what should it be? [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic on Jan 28, 2013 - 4 answers

PowerDirector Audio Assistance Needed

I'm using PowerDirector 11 to make a fan edit of a movie on DVD (not for anyone else, just for myself). The first few VOB files were a dream to work with, no problems whatsoever. However, when I added the third VOB file it's only playing the DVD's commentary audio, not the actual film audio. Is there some clip setting in PowerDirector to change that? Many thanks!
posted by ktoad on Jan 6, 2013 - 1 answer

Manuscript Evaluation

Editorial Manuscript Evaluation. What does it cost? How do you find a good match? Any advice for getting value out of the service? I'm looking for a professional that can help me turn a thoroughly polished and "good as I can get it" novel length draft into something publishable. I'd love advice, because I don't want to waste my time or money on this, and I really do want it to work out. Help? Thanks!
posted by Stagger Lee on Dec 17, 2012 - 3 answers

WordStarter doesn't do footnotes and I don't do Windows

I use WordStarter 2010. I'm editing footnotes in a manuscript for a client, and have discovered to my great dismay that WordStarter 2010 doesn't have footnotes enabled — I can change the wording in existing notes, or delete them, but not add new ones or renumber existing ones. Does anyone have any suggestions for a work around that won't involve my having to buy Microsoft Office?
posted by orange swan on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Creating an index of first lines

Creating an index of first lines, from a group of many poems, each stored in a seperate .txt file. Are there any applications or scripts that would help me to do that? [more inside]
posted by dylan_k on Dec 8, 2012 - 7 answers

How Do I Prepare a Graphic to Be Used in a Shirt?

Is there easy instructions or a guide that I can use to create a simple image to be used to print a t-shirt? It will be solid color text on a plain background. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Nov 26, 2012 - 11 answers

We ain't got no budget!

CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Oct 17, 2012 - 14 answers

I don't know Art, but I know what he looks like.

When working with a paid character portrait artist, how much "editing" is allowed? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 10, 2012 - 4 answers

I just want one seamless file! Too much to ask for?

Audacity-filter : How do I merge three tracks together in Audacity when audio overlaps at the beginning and end of each track? I just need a seamless track! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jun 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Help fix a corrupted .wma file

Can you help me repair this corrupted .wma file? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on May 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music?

Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music? We want to do an album in 24 hours, and we're looking for a site where we can upload parts of audio tracks we are working on and do basic editing on them. [more inside]
posted by pantufla on May 22, 2012 - 4 answers

It's my problem, not there's...

How do I proofread my own work more thoroughly? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Apr 23, 2012 - 29 answers

Help my use my Master's degree for good, not evil.

[Career change filter, humanities edition] How can I best market my skills when I have very little experience? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

I need help with my addiction to the backspace key.

Habitually editing while I write, want to try free-writing and getting it all out, having difficulty: can I temporarily disable my backspace key in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Mar 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Is there an "edit window" for PHPBB?

Is there such a thing as an "edit window" for PHPBB? [more inside]
posted by fake on Dec 21, 2011 - 2 answers

New to Final Cut Pro X, need tips on how to organize content

New to Final Cut Pro X, need tips on how to organize content. So I've got hours of interviews in large file segments, how best to cut/edit/organize them in the newest version of Final Cut Pro X? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Dec 14, 2011 - 3 answers

A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provide they come close together. Federico Fellini, [Recipe for a Good Film], a Fellini Lexicon, (1992)

When did certain film makers/producers start placing the title of the film at the very end of their film? I've noticed this tends to happen with independant/art-house style films? The film just begins and at the very end of the movie, the screen will flash the title of the film and then the credits will roll. Does someone know who started this?
posted by Fizz on Oct 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Can I use the Xoom to edit pdfs using a stylus?

I want to read and mark-up ebooks and pdfs and word docs using a stylus but not be bound to Apple. Your experiences with the Xoom or other tablet? [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice on Aug 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Can Mp3tag do this?

Mp3tag-filter: Can the program fill empty Title fields with the Filename? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Don't decimate me, bro!

What could have happened in 1663 specifically to change the meaning of "decimate?" [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Jun 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Is there any VERY simple audio editing software for an amateur?

Can anyone recommend a basic (and free) audio editing software program for Windows that is easier to use than Audacity? [more inside]
posted by Curious Artificer on Jun 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Edit twice, publish once.

Are there any powerful visual representations of a typical editorial process (print)? [more inside]
posted by oohisay on Mar 27, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I search a text for internal repetitions?

How can I search a text for internal repetitions? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Take me past the powers of paint!

Free or very low cost image editing software? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Jan 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Fiction writing advice for the advanced amateur.

I seem to be teetering on the edge of getting somewhere with my writing, but I'm not there yet. How can I learn to get a handle on pacing and characterization in my novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 8, 2010 - 17 answers

Web Editing Resources?

Help Me Be A Good Web Editor! Please? Hi! The media outlet where I work has recently started a news web site, and I'm the editor. I have a vague idea of what I'm doing, but the actual copyediting-type-stuff I've been doing to AP print standards. I don't have a specific question, but generally, I'd really like to get some of the "official" basics of web editing down. I looked on mediabistro and they don't seem to have a class for this, and I looked on Amazon but I'm not sure about those books. Any suggestions for resources? I'd love either a class or a book that's as useful as the AP Guide, but for print. Your thoughts, hivemind?
posted by supercoollady on Nov 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me put the period to this.

I have several lengthy documents I'm editing for a book. The author scanned his hard copy and ran the result through an OCR program. The OCR omitted most of the periods. Is there a way to make Microsoft Word 2000 or OpenOffice Writer 3 put the periods where they go, or am I doomed to putting them in as I edit?
posted by bryon on Sep 25, 2010 - 10 answers

How about "skyline" or "in the distance"...

When a book is reviewed by an editor, do they look for words that are repeated too much? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 17, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I keep Wordpress users in their own sandbox?

Wordpress filter: Is there a fairly simple way that I'm missing to restrict WP users from editing only the pages they're authorized to edit? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Sep 15, 2010 - 2 answers

"Radio edit" from CD version of song?

How to transform song from CD version to "radio edit" version? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Aug 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Flash cut?

Is there a name for this editing technique? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Jun 3, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I get computers to recognize Sony MiniDV Camera?

Why can't I capture video from a Sony MiniDV camera's firewire (i.link) port? [more inside]
posted by sswiller on Mar 1, 2010 - 3 answers

What is the best audio editing workflow for making an instructional DVD?

What is the best audio editing workflow for making an instructional DVD? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Jan 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me make the next Avatar!

What is the best video editing software for me? [more inside]
posted by Brettus on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

What do you think of "Words Like Notes"?

I have tentatively given my freelance editing and design business the name Words Like Notes. What do you think of it? [more inside]
posted by jlhopes on Nov 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Possessive?

Where should the apostrophe go in the sentence "In Memory of Great Loves Lost"? Loves is plural (referring to all the loving in the world), but does it possess "lost"? Should it be loves'? [more inside]
posted by niccolo on Nov 22, 2009 - 14 answers

Can I recreate Pixar (tm) in my basement?

When it comes to editing and producing video, is it the CPU or the GPU the makes all the difference? I've read many different things and I work with video all the time and it seems that CPU power is what makes the difference when doing final processing and transcoding. Only GPU stuff is the GUI during editing. Rest after... [more inside]
posted by tropikal on Oct 21, 2009 - 12 answers

What exactly is "fair use"?

What are the legalities of mentioning copyrighted characters in a work of fiction? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Sep 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Edit Technical drawings thoroughly

I’m looking for help with how to edit my technical drawings more thoroughly. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Aug 27, 2009 - 6 answers

"Rotate image 90 degrees" for VIDEO?

Is there software that will "rotate image 90 degrees" for VIDEO ? [more inside]
posted by rexruff on Jun 29, 2009 - 16 answers

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