Date: Sun, 05 May 2002 08:49:59 -0500

Author: "Dennis C. Henry"

Subject: Re: Software for Creating Lab Manuals


At 07:06 AM 5/5/02 -0400, you wrote:
>I am using MS Word to create lab manuals, which are often more than
>80 pages. It cannot do some of the things I want it to do (e.g. put the
>footer where I want it
>on a page in landscape mode). Several times I have been told that Word is
>good for big documents like these -- especially when they have diagrams in
>Have you all used other software? Framemaker? Quark Expires? etc.
>Also, have you all tried LaTex?

Let me recommend WordPerfect 8, 9, or 10. All of these give far greater
and more transparent control of formatting than does Word. However,
converting a complicated Word document into WordPerfect, using the
conversion options that either package offers, inevitably leaves things
that you have to fiddle with to make them look the way you
want. WordPerfect 10 is the best of the bunch in this regard, in my
experience. WordPerfect 10 also allows for saving documents in pdf form,
although at the cost of reduced font size and excess margins. WordPerfect
10 can be obtained for as little as $30 in an OEM CD form, but those
getting started will want to have access to a manual.

I'm sure that others with experience with true desktop publishing software,
particularly for the Mac, can reach higher levels of performance than
either of these word processors offers.

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