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Subject:Re: Need Feedback from Technical Editors From:John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> To:David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com> Date:Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:54:46 -0500
I am not an editor, but as a writer I still have to edit.
I do some hard copy editing, especially when I'm trying to figure out where
to put things - in which article/file - and trying to structure and
organize things. I often use scissors and tape too. and lots of colored
markers. Once i get it ordered on paper, it's then a lot easier to do it in
Word or Confluence or whatever.
I wouldn't use a tablet to edit anything other than a shopping list.
My two cents,
On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:18 AM, David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com> wrote:
> Replies inline:
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Need Feedback from Technical Editors
> From: Shelley Thomas <sthomas -at- weber -dot- edu>
> Date: Wed, February 03, 2016 3:46 pm
> Do technical editors still use hard copy for edits? (Is this a personal
> preference or a department/company policy? For example, personally, I
> like to see a hardcopy to edit, and then I make my edits
> > Almost never. Only for very high quality deliverables for print (e.g.,
> marketing collateral, quick-reference sheets/cards).
> When editing electronically, do you use track changes (such as MS Word)?
> Do you edit in Adobe products (such as Acrobat Pro)? Do you use iPad
> applications (such as IAnnotate, Cabinet, or QuickEdit)?
> > Currently, use Adobe Shared Review, but have done track-change-like
> techniques, too (Word, FrameMaker). Given how often I have to explain how
> to use Reader's Comment tools, I think it's worth the time to teach that.
> (*Programmers* can't figure out how to use the insert, delete, replace
> tools!?! Everything ends up on sticky notes [which is better than nothing,
> but damn!].)
> How do tablets figure in to your editing?
> > We VERY rarely get markup of PDFs via tablet users. But same issues
> apply: not knowing how to use basic commenting tools effectively makes
> their jobs harder (and makes it harder to interpret the change request or
> I appreciate your time and feedback.
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