Problems Designing Documents With Microsoft Software

Microsoft products like Word®, Publisher®, and PowerPoint®, are promoted aggressively to amateurs who want to create their own custom designs. The problem is that printing them is difficult. For one thing, from my experience, commercial printers will not accept them.

One of the biggest failures of Microsoft is to make the files portable. The fonts used by these programs must be resident on the computer that views the file. If not, then substitute fonts are used. This not only changes the appearance of the document, but also affects the layout. In many cases the text does not fit in the allotted space, images are moved, and page breaks are unpredictable.

As for color, palettes are primitive and spot colors are not available.

As a designer, I frequently receive Word® files and the like from my printer customers. To make them printable, I usually remake them using more professional software such as InDesign®, Illustrator®, and CorelDraw®.

An alternative, though costly, is for amateurs to reproduce their “unprintable” documents on a color copier.


About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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