Many editors swear by PerfectIt as a must-have tool to help produce consistent and style-adhering texts. A new style sheet has just been released. Developed in conjunction with TheChicago Manual of Style (CMOS), it takes PerfectIt to a new level 一 great news for those who use CMOS and possibly also for others. If you already use PerfectIt and subscribe to CMOS Online, it won’t cost you anything more.
I enjoyed writing the Teacher Notes for CSIRO’s new picture book, Plantastic!A to Z of Australian plants. I took the opportunity to speak to the author, Cat Clowes, and the illustrator, Rachel Gyan, about producing the book.
You can read my article and check out the book on the CSIRO blog.
Word Styles offer more than simply and consistently formatting text; they give you lots of power in organising your whole document.
For those new to using Styles, you might want to check out the introduction in my previous post: What are Word Styles and how do you use them? In the next few posts I’ll look at some of the most useful functions of Word Styles.
You can easily format text in Microsoft Word with the options you can see in your Home ribbon. You can choose your font, font size, colour, bold and italics (character options) and also paragraph options like bullet points, alignment, indenting, spacing between lines and paragraphs, and lots more.
Many editors prefer the features and power of Microsoft Word – especially when copyediting – over Google Docs and other online and collaborative programs. So, even though the latter are increasingly being used for writing and producing documents, Word remains the standard program for editing documents. Nowadays it’s pretty much assumed that writers and editors have basic Word skills. Yet even among people who work as editors, skills in Word vary enormously.
While you can edit perfectly well with basic Word skills, using advanced features (and some key add-ons) will help you work faster and produce a better final document – and efficiency and consistency are among the top goals of professional editors.
I recently found something better than PowerPoint’s usual ‘print Notes Pages’ format for printing out a presentation’s slides and notes together. As far as I can see, however, it seems to be only available in the PC version.
There are a couple of neat tricks you can use, but (naturally) they vary somewhat between PCs (I’m using Windows 10) and Macs (I’m still on OS X El Capitan – delaying my upgrade to Mojave because it will render my Word 2011 inoperable).
Snap your windows in Windows
To open your document or window to full screen, select its title bar and drag it right up to the top of your screen (or even past the top). Easy peasy – it expands to fill your screen!
Maryrose Cuskelly has chosen a difficult topic for this book: the murders in late 2014 of Greg Holmes and Greg’s mother and stepfather, Mary and Peter Lockhart. The killer was Ian Jamieson – a farming neighbour and former friend of Peter Lockhart’s. Their farms were south of Wedderburn in central Victoria, and the rural setting played a major part in the events leading up to the murders.Continue reading “Book review: ‘Wedderburn’ by Maryrose Cuskelly”
A few months ago, I wrote about having trouble getting an author to see my tracked changes in Word (and showed a solution for that problem in PDFs). Since then, I’ve come across some solutions in Word too.
I wanted my client to see my tracked edits, but they seemed to not see the edits at all, even my comments. Maybe they were simply inexperienced with Track Changes. I used a clumsy work-around at the time, but being able to give them a summary of edits and comments would have been very useful. This applies in other scenarios too, even for people who are familiar with Track Changes.Continue reading “Tips and tricks: Summarising tracked changes in Word”
Let’s say you’ve created or edited a report – it’s all nicely laid out and you will be saving it as a PDF file. Before you do, take some time to think about PDF bookmarks. With a bit of forethought, you can make the document much more user-friendly than a long, unstructured PDF.