Word sucks ass.

I remember the early days of computers.  I learned Basic on a TRS-80 back in high school.  I saw some old school shit that many youngin’s today would just laugh at.  I remember using some of the early Word Processing programs to type on like OmniWriter and WordPerfect.  Somewhere along the line came Microsoft with Word and that pretty much rules the roost now.

WORD SUCKS ASS!

First, there is nothing intuitive about it.  Controls are now where you would think they should be and you have to hunt to find some basic commands.  But the worst is when a customer sends me a brochure that they created in Word. usually they don’t have correct margins or spacing and I end up having to redo the whole damn thing.  On the rare occasion they have it spaced correctly, I need a PDF to print from for the best quality.  Word now has an option to ‘save as a PDF’.  Great!  Except that half the time you use that is completely fucks up the layout.  I am currently working on a referendum post card for a local school, and they designed this thing 2 up with a gray background.  Well making it into a PDF somehow loses half the text of one and mushes all the rest together, as well as loses the entire gray background.  WTF!   So I try to cut and paste the word files into my page layout program.  The problem with that is it completely loses all font, size and spacing info and all you get is a blob of words.  It would take me longer to fix than to retype. So instead of a 2 minute job to save as a pdf and run, I get a 25 minute job to redo the Word file as a 1 up piece with no background, then add the background in InDesign myself. Only thing worse is a customer trying to create a full color piece on Powerpoint…

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