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.Doc is dead... Long Live .Doc

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    jamie

    Just quick ...does anyone here use Word - and make .doc files for anything?

    When i work - its all design, pdf's, tifs, eps, ai, cdr etc etc..

    When i do something for me its in html/asp

    when i talk to clients its email or msn messenger

    if i do a newspaper or mag its quark

    if im recommending something easy to people it's publisher

    so ..who does use Word?

    * to me Word should be a local blog system - but - ha you all knew that.

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    Minh

    Still using .Doc for design documents ... basically anything that requires nice formatting. Sometimes I'd send a Word doc 'cuz formatting (esp. hierarchy) in Thunderbird (actually anything in Thunderbird) is painful.

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    jamie

    in my profession im more used to sending a powerpoint than anything in Word

    and i get doc files by email hardly ever anymore

    * Frontpage to me was Office

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    GrumpyWookie

    Word documents - we use them exclusively - for our design specs - requirements, func specs, tech specs, test specs, etc

    And all our change requests and so on.  Good to be able to use "highlight changes" between doc/s - and have an electronic searchable copy.

    I guess for a graphical design - people would use TIF, EPS, etc - but for a transactional database system - design docs are ALWAYS using WORD.

    (plus - all our templates and quality procedures are using WORD)

    Powerpoint ?!?    Only for weekly status reports - colourful, pretty wordings - for managers.

    Detail ?   Word.

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    Rossj

    jamie wrote:
    so ..who does use Word?


    Not me, I can't justify $499 for an office suite on my mac. I am waiting for my copy of iWork to be delivered though Smiley

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    Sabot

    Guys I think a fundamental point has been missed here?

     

    Word is a document authoring tool; Word isn’t a final document distribution format.

     

    Use Word if you wish to keep you documents alive, i.e. they are likely to be regularly updated. As Word if pretty much ambitious it’s probably the software for this.

     

    But once a document is ready for publishing and is never likely to be updated again and just read from now on, i.e. your novel, or technical article, is complete and ready to be sent to the publishers or posted on a website convert it into PDF as it’s easy for most people to read it and because it’s a compressed format usually quick to send over the web.

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    GrumpyWookie

    Totally agree.  PDF is great as it's un-changable (locked), but searchable, bookmarks, etc.

    I'm currently working on a Vehicle Leasing system, and the user can initiate a Purchase Order, which generates a SQL Server Reporting Services object, and spits the output straight to a PDF format. 

    The first thing the user sees is a fulled generated PDF file - ready to email.  

    [ great development tool also - Reporting Services - fully integrated into VS.NET ].

    Another good thing is that a PDF is visible on Mac's and Linux - wouldn't get that with a Microsoft Word Document.

    Hence - MS.Word for "internal" documents - and PDF for documents sent to external parties (who may HAVE a Linux or Mac machine)...

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    W3bbo

    I use Word 2003's XML format to save all my word documents now... ensuring forward-compatibility. I'll get round to writing an open-source parser for it too.

    I use PDF to distribute documents... other than *.txt, *.rtf, and XHTML (which Word doesn't support, 'tis a shame) its the only format my OS Proponent contacts will accept

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    MasterPi

    Us students use word for typing reports and papers and most of the times for making flyers. It's easy for the general consumer to use so it's used for many things.

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    Donkslayer

    jamie wrote:


    Why does this sound familiar?

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    Rossj

    Donkslayer wrote:
    jamie wrote:.Doc is dead... Long Live .Doc


    Why does this sound familiar?


    The King is dead .. Long Live the King !

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    dnrfan

    What about FlashPaper?

    Anyone use that? 

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