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Word Processing and Page Layout. Choices for different needs. Choices. Microsoft Word Corel WordPerfect Adobe FrameMaker Adobe PageMaker/InDesign/Quark LaTex. Microsoft Word. Standard – everyone has it Not much training needed for simple tasks

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Word Processingand Page Layout

Choices for different needs


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Choices

  • Microsoft Word

  • Corel WordPerfect

  • Adobe FrameMaker

  • Adobe PageMaker/InDesign/Quark

  • LaTex


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Microsoft Word

  • Standard – everyone has it

  • Not much training needed for simple tasks

  • Fairly powerful . . . If you know the tricks

  • Crashes, bugs, weirdness of Microsoft

  • Not cross-platform compatible

  • Equations cumbersome to publish and edit

  • Not designed for books or other long projects

  • Page layout features limited


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Corel WordPerfect

  • It’s not from Microsoft

  • Easy to use

  • Not as standard as Word

  • Poor page layout

  • Poor cross-platform compatibility


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Adobe FrameMaker

  • Designed for books and long publications

  • Tools for indexing, bibliographies, etc.

  • Excellent cross-platform performance

  • Ready to multipurpose documents

  • Stable

  • Equations easily edited, published

  • Excellent import/export capabilities


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PageMaker/InDesign/Quark

  • Designed for page layout

  • Works well with others

  • Excellent typographical control

  • Require some training to be effective

  • No native equation editing

  • Best for image-intensive layouts

  • Best choice for pre-press


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PageMaker vsInDesign vs Quark Express

  • PageMakerEasy to use, but becoming outdated

  • InDesignPowerfulIt’s from Adobe, works with Photoshop, etc.

  • State of the art tools

  • Quark ExpressOutpaced by InDesignIt’s not from Adobe


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LaTex et al

  • Powerful typographical control

  • Standard for some publications

  • Cross platform compatible

  • Outstanding equation editing

  • Cumbersome, requires extensive training

  • Open source, so support can be hard to find or unavailable


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Summary

  • Choose the right tool for the right job

  • Analyze needs

  • Consider time spent writing versus time spent fiddling

  • Consider publisher’s needs

  • Consider content creation

  • It’s best to use several packages



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