RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

Subject: RE: Need Feedback from Technical Editors
From: "Anderson, Heather (Contingent Worker)" <HAnderson -at- comerica -dot- com>
To: John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com>, David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:51:59 +0000

I absolutely still use hard copies. I have done the editing both ways (hard copy and online) and honestly? Hard copy is easier, and I catch more mistakes. There have been times in online editing that something is missed - and I often may have an idea I'll put on the hard copy only to realize later there's a better way. Online, once I fix it, there's no need for me to look at it again. (Unless I am doing a formatting check.)

I do use track changes, and encourage my SMEs to use it as well. That way we have a record of what is changed.

I don't ever use tablets for anything work-related.


Heather Anderson

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Subject: Re: Need Feedback from Technical Editors

I am not an editor, but as a writer I still have to edit.

I do some hard copy editing, especially when I'm trying to figure out where to put things - in which article/file - and trying to structure and organize things. I often use scissors and tape too. and lots of colored markers. Once i get it ordered on paper, it's then a lot easier to do it in Word or Confluence or whatever.

I wouldn't use a tablet to edit anything other than a shopping list.


My two cents,


JG



On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:18 AM, David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com> wrote:

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