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Joan E. Herwig
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Word Processing Software for the Mac


Is there a particular word processing software that works best with Adobe Photoshop CS3? How does the word processor (documents?) affect storage of photos? I just changed to a Mac, but I have read conflicting reviews on the Office/Word for Macs from general users. What do photographers prefer?


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9/21/2007 7:39:12 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  It really probably depends what you are trying to do with text and Photoshop. If you are going to be working with Web sites and data-driven image creation, your needs may differ from someone who will just be typing things into a word-processor to spell-check them.
What will you be doing?


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9/22/2007 7:11:04 AM

 
Joan E. Herwig
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  I guess I am mostly concerned with saving, transferring photos in and out of documents, etc., to and from an external HD, uploading photos to Web sites, etc. Also, I have been working on writing a book and have many floppies of text to transfer from Word from my PC.


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9/22/2007 9:14:00 AM

 
John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  If I were writing a book (and I have), I'd use something like Adobe Pagemaker for the final layout with photos. I'd only use Microsoft Word, or another word processor, for the preliminary writing.
There are a lot of word processing software packages for the Mac, but Microsoft Word is still the one to beat.
For your other tasks (uploading photos to Web sites), you don't need word processing software. You can use a photo editing program to resize photos appropriately and then use your Web browser to upload them. You'll use the operating system features to move photos from one disk to another.


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9/22/2007 2:57:36 PM

 
Joan E. Herwig
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  Thank you very much both Richard & John. You have helped me to understand what tasks are for what & now I can more easily choose my word processor & also thanks for the suggestion of Adobe Pagemaker.

Joan


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9/22/2007 4:33:55 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  As John suggests, a layout program may be better for 'design' than Word. I've not only written a few books (the writing being almost exactly what John describes: writing in Word and then layout in another program), but before I did that I worked at a publishing house as an editor, designer and pre-press person. Programs like PageMaker, Quark Xpress, InDesign and other programs made for page layout will usually give you more control, and they have features created specifically for book design. Word, in my experience, has not always played well with graphics, and may have color issues as part of your color workflow.


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9/22/2007 5:14:18 PM

 
Joan E. Herwig
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  Richard,
Thanks so much for sharing this information with me from your obvious wealth of experience! This is very helpful for me.
Joan


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9/22/2007 6:23:20 PM

 
W.   
Hi Joan,

you may want to have a look at Apple's own "Pages", part of the iWork suite. It does layout the Mac way. Excellent for fast, pro quality brochure production.

Looky here: http://www.apple.com/iwork/pages/

Have fun!


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9/28/2007 2:31:30 PM

 
Michelle Koster   I also think the Apple "Pages" is excellent, by far superior to Word document. Easy to put in photos too. I use it myself. It can also then be exported to pdf or word or rtf, but only pdf keeps the formatting intact.


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10/2/2007 5:25:53 AM

 
Roy Blinston
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2005
  Your question doesn't make sense:

Your Question 1: Is there a particular word processing software that works best with Adobe Photoshop CS3?

Answer: Word processors are word processors. Adobe Photoshop is an image editing software. They are totally different and are used for different tasks.

Your next question: How does the word processor (documents?) affect storage of photos?

Answer: Storing documents, files or photos is done on the Hard Drive (!) You don't store them inside Word Processoign files.

Your Question 3: I just changed to a Mac, but I have read conflicting reviews on the Office/Word for Macs from general users. What do photographers prefer?

Answer: I am also on Mac (have been for years). I use either Microsft Word or Appleworks for general word processing. This is not a "page layout" software. Word is only good for editors and getting your text quickly into the computer and general editing for drafts etc

If you want to add photos, graphics, and do precise page layout in readiness for professional printing, then you should be using Quark XPress or Indesign. Pagemaker can also do it, but not very well (OK for beginners though and cheaper than the other two).

Your next statement: I guess I am mostly concerned with saving, transferring photos in and out of documents, etc., to and from an external HD, uploading photos to Web sites, etc.

Answer: Not quite sure what you mean by transferring photos in and out of documents. Why would you do this anyway? (unless you are editing a book and keep changing the photos). Uploading photos is done by uploading the JPEG photo file (not a Word Processor file full of pics).

Your final statement: I have been working on writing a book and have many floppies of text to transfer from Word from my PC.

Reply: Word or Appleworks will be OK for you to input and edit your old PC files. Do all your text editing inside one of these programs, then transfer the finished text into a professional program like Quark ir InDesign, add your photos and graphics, then save it and give your file to either a Graphic Designer or your Local Printer for him to do the final "tweaks" to prepare it for printing.

Important Note: If your Book with pictures is intended for professional printing, then you should save all your Pics in CMYK TIF before inserting them into your page layout software (ie: Quark or InDesign).

It is not a good idea to insert high resolution pics into Word Processors. They cnanot handle it. If you need to insert reference pics, then you should save separate low resolution pics first, and insert these into your draft file (to ensure your WP software does not crash with the large file inserts).

And, save your Chapters as separate files (don't put everything into one file). Very dangerous. Make back-up copies too of everything.

Hope all the above helps.


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10/2/2007 11:54:04 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  You can also see if OpenOffice.org is right for you. It works much like Word. It currently runs with X11 (which might not be installed by default on your mac), but you can also use an Aqua version which is in the process of being ported.

Microsoft Word and iWork should be good for you, also.

But you don't need any word processor to transfer photos.


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10/2/2007 3:27:20 PM

 
W.    Otoh, I wouldn't be surprised to find there would still be dinosaur word processor apps floating around on the web with built-in ftp, or something like that...


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10/2/2007 4:52:32 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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Adobe Buzzword

http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/59615.html

Adobe Systems is buying the maker of the Buzzword Web-based word processing software, marking a shift in strategy for the maker of Flash and Acrobat and setting up a showdown over Internet-based applications with the likes of Microsoft and Google .


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10/2/2007 5:11:56 PM

 
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