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  1. John Bowdler

    Word on a Mac

    Sorry, I only just spotted the last two replies. I like the speech idea; any punctuation errors are going to be obvious. Thanks a lot; much appreciated.
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    Word on a Mac

    I've recently started up as a freelance proofreader and copy-editor and would like to use the full functionality of my iMac to do my editing work. However, as most of my colleagues use MS Word, I'm constrained to use Word 2008 for Mac. There's a whole bunch of tricks in Word which you can use to wrangle a document into order: macros, VBA, templates, master documents, track changes, etc. However, I don't want to have to learn these if I don't need to. Also, you can't use some of this stuff if you're a Mac-user; for example, you can't record macros in Word 2008 for Mac, although I understand you can use Applescript as a workaround. Any advice on how I could proceed in learning to use a Mac to be an effective editor while at the same time creating documents which PC users can work on? Thanks a bunch in advance! John
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    Lionising Lion

    Yes, it's already come in handy more than once, when customers have said "Er, can you go back to version 16 and start again from there?!" Actually, I've got two time machines. The first one died and Apple very kindly gave me another one and allowed me to keep the first. Although the first time machine doesn't work at the moment, I presume I could get it up and running as a hard disk and retrieve that 'legacy' data. In addition, I copy customer-related stuff onto CD disks - as another level of backup.
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    Welcome to Automator

    Nice one. Thanks a lot!
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    Welcome to Automator

    Could I use Automator as part of my backup strategy? For example, I recently edited a book which had 20 chapters. Each chapter had its own folder within a single 'master' folder. Also, each chapter had several versions, as I regularly 'save as' (in Word for Mac) and create a new version - in case Word crashes! So, would it be possible to devise a workflow which I could apply to the master folder and Automator would: find the latest version of each chapter, duplicate it, and transfer the twenty duplicates to my 'backup' folder? Thanks! John.
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    Word on a Mac

    Thanks. Well. Word 2008 for Mac works fine on a Mac as it's been adapted for the Mac and I'd rather use my iMac than get involved in a whole 'nother operating system! Are there Applescripts I could use, instead of the macros?
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    Dark matter

    Thanks a lot.
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    Dark matter

    Hi I use Word 2008 for Mac to do editorial work. It crashed, telling me my hard disk was full. This wasn't true - there was actually over ten gigabites available. During the resultant panic attack (yes, I had backed up/done loads of versions - so I only lost about five mintues of work!), I noticed that, in the overview of Spaces, some of the Spaces were blanked out - I couldn't see what was in that Space. Also, most of the files on my desktop disappeared! Any idea what happened? Any idea what I can do to prevent it happening again!? Many thanks, John
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    Scanners!

    Now, that's a recommendation! Yes, I'll try them both out. Thanks a lot. John.
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    Scanners!

    Can anyone recommend an affordable scanner which feeds documents through fairly quickly? It's for editorial work, so I'm likely to be scanning a book at a time. Not too bothered about quality - it's just for text. Cheers, John Intel iMac UK based
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    Scanners!

    Sounds ideal!
  12. John Bowdler

    Scanners!

    Thanks! The Fujitsu looks promising. I'd really only be using it from home on my iMac so it only needs to be Mac compatible. Is servicing an issue? As I'm in England I suppose the level of service may vary. Once again, thanks a lot for the pointers. John.
  13. Hi, Is it possible to make phone calls from Address Book on an Intel iMac by simply clicking on a button next to the number? Also, I want to make lots of calls from my iMac for business purposes. What software/hardware could I use to facilitate this? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Ta!
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    Address Book: making phone calls from an iMac

    Thanks, folks. Much appreciated!
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    Proofreading service

    John Bowdler is a freelance proofreader and copy-editor. John is a member, and the Finance Director, of the Society for Proofreader and Editors. He also trained at the Publishing Training Centre. He is much travelled and has a background in finance and training with interests in Cosmology, Theology and Philosophy.
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    Site setting

    Nice one. Thanks a lot, Graham.
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    Site setting

    Hi folks, I'm setting up business as a freelance proofreader (in the UK) so I guess I need an effective website. But (you'll be amazed!) I've never done this before. How do I ensure that I create an effective site related to my (potential) customers' needs? How do I go about getting a good domain name? As a website neophyte, I'd be grateful for any advice (or business!) you can give me. Fanks!! PS I've got an iMac and iWork 09.
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    Garmin or Polar?

    Well, my iMac's heart is in fine fettle, but mine needs monitoring as I'm a keen cross-country cyclist. Based in the UK, my two main choices of heart rate monitor seem to be made by Garmin or the Finnish company Polar. Polar seem to have by far and away the most feature-rich hardware, but they resolutely refuse to embrace the Mac (perish the thought!) and provide no Mac-friendly software, whereas Garmin do some very good-looking Mac software. Really, I'd like to get the Polar because it seems the most fit for purpose. But, what's the point of having all that data if I can't analyse it on my Mac when I get home?! With an Intel iMac I suppose I could use the PC software but I'd really rather avoid allowing anything remotely PC anywhere near my pristine Mac! Any suggestions?
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    Wireless in the UK

    Delight: I've got a new iMac! Problem: my broadband server OneTel say the modem I use with my G4 won't work with an Intel Mac and they won't give me a suitable modem So, I hope you can help me with some advice folks: I want to have a wireless hub which I can connect devices to (backup hard disk; iPod; printer, etc) which will allow me to keep the Imac itself free of clutter Can anyone recommend a decent broadband server in the UK? Onetel are pants! Any suggestions?
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    Wireless in the UK

    Hi Graham, The Airport Extreme only has one USB port, whereas both the hard drive and the printer would presumably connect via USB, so I couldn't connect both devices at the same time (without getting a USB hub as well). Presumably I would get a cable modem and attach it to the Airport Extreme?
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    Wireless in the UK

    Yeh, ditto. Shame.
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    Wireless in the UK

    Thanks a lot, folks.
  23. John Bowdler

    RSS readers

    I notice Adam recommends a couple of specialised RSS readers, whereas I tend to shove my RSS feeds onto the bookmark bar of Safari. What are the additional benefits of using a dedicated RSS reader?
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    So how do you like the new iMac design?

    From your pictures.....it looks like a thing of beauty.
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