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Old 08-31-2005, 05:00 PM   #1
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My partner and I are hosting what may be a major fundraiser in two weeks. We're doing a limited mailing to try to boost turnout, but the two graphic artists that usually do stuff like this for me weren't available so the only alternative was doing it myself. And I don't have any DTP software so had to do it in Word.

I've attached a PDF. It's just a two-sided postcard, standard US size. I'd much appreciate any suggestions from the pros.

Now I know how newbie web coders feel posting their first link. ;>
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Now I know how newbie web coders feel posting their first link. ;>
ROFL!!

I like it, and like the design. The only think I found a little disconcerting was the switches in the font. I didn't see a reason for them -- it wasn't as if all of X content was one font and all of Y content was another.

   
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ROFL!!

I like it, and like the design. The only think I found a little disconcerting was the switches in the font. I didn't see a reason for them -- it wasn't as if all of X content was one font and all of Y content was another.
Judy,

That's the kind of feedback I need. I'm used to all sans-serif, but in my old tech writer days when I wrote manuals I only used sans-serif for headers. I'm sure I did this postcard half tech writer/half web designer. That's why I asked here.

We've been displaced from CS, so why not take advantage of it? ;>

   
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That's the kind of feedback I need. I'm used to all sans-serif, but in my old tech writer days when I wrote manuals I only used sans-serif for headers. I'm sure I did this postcard half tech writer/half web designer. That's why I asked here. We've been displaced from CS, so why not take advantage of it? ;>
Good heavens, yes... folks doing DTP these days are often doing web design and vice versa so it really is a nice match, and I'm grateful to the folks here for the warm welcome extended to Inetpub "evacuees."

   
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Good heavens, yes... folks doing DTP these days are often doing web design and vice versa so it really is a nice match, and I'm grateful to the folks here for the warm welcome extended to Inetpub "evacuees."
Folks like our DTP friends that care about quality code are rare, but I bet there are lots of 'em here. In my professional work, I deal too much with the other kind... the ones that try to make HTML look exactly like print layout. Nightmares! So this is really a unique forum blend of talents. Just wish there was a "cooler" URL that would identify both, but the one I'd want isn't available (bydesign.com)

Want a giggle? Word is about a good DTP as FrontPage is for HTML, but it's all I have to work with. I was having fits trying to get Ed's picture set where I wanted it to the left of the text in the 2nd draft. I finally got it laid out by inserting a table. <g>

   
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I was having fits trying to get Ed's picture set where I wanted it to the left of the text in the 2nd draft. I finally got it laid out by inserting a table. <g>
ROFL!!! Oh ouch... that's painful!

   
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ROFL!!! Oh ouch... that's painful!
Yeah, sad isn't it? I hate, hate, DETEST Word. I have WP 9 on the laptop, but not at work if I need to tweak it there... and haven't used WP in nearly 7 years and have forgotten it. I used to be able to use WP 7 for Windows as a perfect (for me) DTP. It did everything we needed for manuals, including building indexes from tags. Wouldn't use it for a newsletter with continuted articles, but I could use it for just about anything else.

At least Kathleen's comments are putting a polish on my postcard. IF I can get Word to cooperate.

   
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IF I can get Word to cooperate.
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Tables are THE way to show Word who's boss. I'd be in a straitjacket years ago if someone on the Word forum (sigh. on the old CS forums, of course) hadn't tipped me off to using tables to put the pictures into my husband's reports: size the table appropriately, set the first (picture) row to 'exactly', and the picture sizes to the cell' the second is let expand to fit the caption, sometimes quite long. Made a couple templates and Bob's your uncle. He always wanted the pics at the end, until I pretended WordStar4 wouldn't work on his new computer and he finally learned enough Word to type a report: the other day he said with an expression of he who sees the dawning, 'I could put the pictures right with the text, couldn't I?' Makes me wonder what, if anything, else he's heard that I've said over the last 46 years.
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Tables are THE way to show Word who's boss. I'd be in a straitjacket years ago if someone on the Word forum (sigh. on the old CS forums, of course) hadn't tipped me off to using tables to put the pictures into my husband's reports: size the table appropriately, set the first (picture) row to 'exactly', and the picture sizes to the cell' the second is let expand to fit the caption, sometimes quite long. Made a couple templates and Bob's your uncle. He always wanted the pics at the end, until I pretended WordStar4 wouldn't work on his new computer and he finally learned enough Word to type a report: the other day he said with an expression of he who sees the dawning, 'I could put the pictures right with the text, couldn't I?' Makes me wonder what, if anything, else he's heard that I've said over the last 46 years.
Molly,

As this thread makes clear, I'm not a graphic artist. I'm a web designer, exiled from Compuserve. ;>

So I don't have a lot of print design training and had an inadequate tool. My comment about using tables is that Judy and I have been studying CSS for tableless layout in HTML, so it was ironic I had to resort to using a table to get Word to layout my picture correctly.

   
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