RE: MS Word--Page Breaks

Subject: RE: MS Word--Page Breaks
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 12:16:51 -0400


PDFs are fine. Actually, I like them. I like the ease of distribution. I
like that it is one way of preventing well-meaning folks from messing
with your source files. I like that I can send them to others on other
OSes and that layout is static.

Graphics look bad because Acrobat does not feature the dithering-type of
anti-aliasing that Word provides, agreed. Infrequently, that
interference from Word will cause a non-wysiwyg display.

As for the ZIP thing, that only means that the PDF was created to be
compact. If your word doc file is as efficient, then ZIP will not
compress it very much, either. Right?

I agree that a lot of people are confused about many aspects of PDF and
Acrobat. I further agree that Adobe documentation on the subject is
missing, hard to find, or confusing.



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com [mailto:kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: MS Word--Page Breaks

An addendum: Already this thread is piling up with "use PDF"
They are valid suggestions, because PDF lets you "lock down" the doc to
greater degree.


I hate PDFs. There, I said it.

Graphics look like crap, the GUI is a pain, from my experience very few
users know how to use Acrobat's features, the online help is not very
good, and you can't compress them much for transmitting in ZIP files.

But that's not the biggest issue. Sometimes a PDF is simply not
to the user. I frequently deal with coworkers and customers who REQUIRE
to send them Word docs. Not Frame, not WordPerfect, not PDF.

So despite all our suggestions to use PDF, it's important to acknowledge
that it may not even be an option for you. If that's the case, I
the workarounds I posted previously, and I hope to learn more tips from
this thread if it grows.

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