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66cochise from Arizona/Mexico Border is reading The Ones the Got Away March 21, 2013 - 1:17am

Hi!  Joel here, also known as 66cochise.  I'm looking forward to seeing if I'm a fit here at your community, looks great from the lurking I've been doing!  

 

I have a question - I just bought a new Macbook, wondering what type of software you all use to submit uploads?  I guess it's a matter of personal preference,  but I thought some of you might have suggestions.    There are lots of word processing programs out there, do most of you go for the full-on Microsoft Word or Open Office suites, or maybe something scaled down?  I guess from reading the FAQ, I need to be able to at least count my words and be able to space correctly.\

Again, Hi, I'm sure we will be getting to know each other better quite soon!

 

Joel

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 21, 2013 - 2:30am

I use Word. File format .doc is the standard/most common since PDF sticky notes aren't popular for LBLs and there have been tons of issues with .docx.

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong March 21, 2013 - 6:06am

Word is the way to go if you're willing to drop the money for it. If you're serious about writing, it's a worthwhile investment for many reasons.

You can get by with OpenOffice or another open source word processing program, but you will inevitably run into issues. Just be prepared for that and be willing to work through them. The biggest hitch is people like to use the track changes and comments features on their line-by-lines, and I haven't had good experience with the compatibility with those functions in the past. However, you can get by with OpenOffice by typing in-line with the story in a different color. There might be other methods people use.

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swordfighter March 21, 2013 - 3:19pm

hi all

Scrivener hands down

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

they have a free trail and videos to watch

I have it and love it.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks March 21, 2013 - 4:17pm

While Scrivener is the shit and the best software I have literally ever used, without question, and you can export what you write to a .doc file, you'll still need a program that can open it if you ever want to edit the file (and you'll need to, to fix the headers and reformat if you don't like the way it comes out.)

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 21, 2013 - 8:52pm

@Court - What operating system are you running it on?

@66 - If it is a money thing I've seen the older versions of MS Office be pretty cheap.

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66cochise from Arizona/Mexico Border is reading The Ones the Got Away March 22, 2013 - 12:23am

Hey all, thanks for the advice!  I'll probably try out word, if it'll do everything I need.  Scrivener sounds good too, I'll check that out.  Nice to meet you all!

 

66

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks March 22, 2013 - 4:09pm

I'm not sure what you're asking, Dwayne. I use Windows 96 (yes, I fucking know) and have MS Word.

As for Scrivener -- use it. Use it, use it, use it. You can organize your research, plan ahead, write out character descriptions, put photos of places and make scene sketches, make notes that get compiled or don't get compiled with your manuscript, and a thousand other things that make it the single greatest writing tool ever.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 22, 2013 - 5:10pm

Operating system, like Windows 96. And why are you using that thing?