RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

Subject: RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors
From: "David Artman" <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
To: "Shelley Thomas" <sthomas -at- weber -dot- edu>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:18:07 -0700

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Subject: Need Feedback from Technical Editors
From: Shelley Thomas <sthomas -at- weber -dot- edu>
Date: Wed, February 03, 2016 3:46 pm

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Do technical editors still use hard copy for edits? (Is this a personal
preference or a department/company policy? For example, personally, I
like to see a hardcopy to edit, and then I make my edits
electronically.)

> Almost never. Only for very high quality deliverables for print (e.g., marketing collateral, quick-reference sheets/cards).

When editing electronically, do you use track changes (such as MS Word)?
Do you edit in Adobe products (such as Acrobat Pro)? Do you use iPad
applications (such as IAnnotate, Cabinet, or QuickEdit)?

> Currently, use Adobe Shared Review, but have done track-change-like techniques, too (Word, FrameMaker). Given how often I have to explain how to use Reader's Comment tools, I think it's worth the time to teach that. (*Programmers* can't figure out how to use the insert, delete, replace tools!?! Everything ends up on sticky notes [which is better than nothing, but damn!].)

How do tablets figure in to your editing?

> We VERY rarely get markup of PDFs via tablet users. But same issues apply: not knowing how to use basic commenting tools effectively makes their jobs harder (and makes it harder to interpret the change request or correction!).

I appreciate your time and feedback.


Shelley

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