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Rational, Well-Reasoned Loathing

Unlike many, I don't loathe MS Word because it comes from MicroSoft ... I loathe it because it's a piece of crap software. In the past I've stuck with WordPerfect, because even the version I have which is a decade old is superior than the most up-to-date version of MS Word.

Unfortunately, I also discovered the hard way last night that my version of WordPerfect and Adobe CS3 are fundamentally incompatible. Sigh. Attempting to use the PDF distiller results in a hung program, attempting to convert a WordPerfect file through Acrobat itself gives you the message "this file is corrupted," and attempting to import a .wpd file into InDesign reveals that InDesign no longer recognizes it as a placeable file format.

So now I'm pondering what to do. I downloaded OpenOffice and will probably experiment with that. I can also write in WP and then cut-and-paste into InDesign, but that seems a lot of hoops to jump through. If all else fails I could upgrade WP again I suppose, but I really get tired of randomly having to spend another $100 this month to do what I already had paid for the ability to do last month. The upgrade treadmill gets really tiresome after a while.

-The Gneech

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athelind
Mar. 29th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
OpenOffice has some nice features -- including a built-in PDF export.

Amusingly, the most recent version of Adobe Reader won't install on my laptop for some reason, so I have a computer that can SAVE to PDF files, but can't OPEN them.
kyhwana
Mar. 29th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Try foxit pdf reader.
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

(Hint, it isn't bloated to all hell like adobe reader is)
athelind
Mar. 30th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
You just have to sign up for various ripoffs before you can download it. Interesting biz model...
kyhwana
Mar. 30th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Er what?
I just clicked on Download, then Dowload for Windows and installed it.. No various ripoffs at all...
(I don't know what site you went to..)
exatron
Mar. 29th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I've used OpenOffice.org for a few years, and it outshines Microsoft Office in every area but one. Writing macros is a lot harder in OO.o. Four languages can be used to write them, but the documentation for doing so is lacking.

On the plus side, OO.o has really nice PDF support and can import a lot of different file formats.
tahamaki
Mar. 29th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
try pdf995 for pdfs from WP? www.pdf995.com

makovette
Mar. 29th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Additionally, I have installed this on many machines at work:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Works just fine by emulating a printer, it is faster,lighter weight and easier to use than Adobe's 10,000 ton gorilla.

CYa!
Mako
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