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[Techie Question] - Word Processing Programs better than MS Word?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Melvil, 22 Feb 2008.

  1. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Esp. For formatting very large documents with complicated structures? I'm having a bit of a headache with Word (2003) at the moment and wondered if there's anything out there that's better?

    Any advice much appreciated!

    Mel.
     
  2. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Word is a pain to use with large documents, but so is every other WP package I've used.

    My suggestion would be to break your large documents down into a series of manageable sections or chapters each of which is stored as a separate Word document. If necessary you can then bring them together via a Word master document, but you will need to experiment a bit to get this working how you want.

    Also, for large documents you need to make heavy use of the Styles features in Word to keep the formatting consistent.

    And turn off the option which automatically creates new styles as you type as you will end up with a zillion similar styles. If you go to Tools->AutoCorrect Options->AutoFormatAsYouType there should be a tick box which says Define Styles Based On Your Formatting. Make sure this is unticked.
     
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    For publishing manuals and documentation, we've always used Adobe FrameMaker.
     
  4. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    It depends on the type of document you are trying to create. I think Word is one of Microsoft's better products (and I don't honestly think the alternatives like Open Office have quite matched it).

    One radically different way of preparing documents is to use LaTeX. Wikipedia describes it better than I could. However it is free so you haven't got much to lose. Very different but it does handle large documents very well.
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    notepad.
    if they want formatting tell them to bollocks off.
     
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Are you sure the problem is with the software? ;)
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Indeed...:biggrin:

    Word isn't one of my best programs but to do this kind of thing in Quark or Indesign with the current revision structures I am working with would be an absolute chore so I have to rely on a WP program instead of a DTP program.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I will look into this...thanks
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Unfortunately no-can-do due to revision structures as said above - shame as you're right it would be much easier!
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Good plan!! :biggrin:;)
     
  11. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Open Office aint bad !
     
  12. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Word? AAAARRRGGHHHHH!!!!!! [​IMG]
    There are few packages that annoy me more...;)
     
  13. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I prefer Excel now, back then it was Word for some goddamreason!
     
  14. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Word has it's faults (or maybe I don't use it correctly) but in general I've not found anything better!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Hey Chuffy, I like your fire blowing Elephant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!