RE: The Benefits of Printing In-House

Subject: RE: The Benefits of Printing In-House
From: Karen Field <kfield -at- STELLCOM -dot- com>
To: "'John David Hickey'" <dave -at- toonboom -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 10:02:47 -0700

How about a passionate "Don't do it!" At my former position, my boss
insisted on printing our 7-volume, 2100 page user guide in house.
Fortunately, she was kind enough to take on that nightmare herself. Which
means that, because our PMs could request guides on a whim, that's ALL she
did--print docs. We had the budget and the approval to go outside, but she

Aside from this being a monumental waste of her time, the printer was never
free to for us to use. And it constantly needed maintenance.

These manuals were set in three-ring binders. I can't imagine the extra work
involved in creating binded copies. I just can't imagine using your time
that way when there are companies who are experienced and much more
efficient in this process.


Karen Field
Sr. Technical Writer
Stellcom, Inc.
kfield -at- stellcom -dot- com


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