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For me, there are five reasons why any software is better than MS

Once you install it, the entire computer

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

least some kind of eye for design. To such non-design people, I’d

It generally sucks.

rather recommend they use

But while I think that it makes no

something like FrameMaker, which

In Word, things that should work often

sense to force a professional

is equally well suited for both File-

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

designer to use MS Word, I think

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

that InDesign is a bad choice for

style work and professionally laid

does not do what it technically should.

people without some kind of design

out print documents.

Or it does it and then crashes.

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

I’m also quite impressed with

Word:

Apple’s Pages. The new version seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite affordable. It’s obviously not a professional layout package, but it sure is more than most people need. And it comes with tons of predesigned templates. Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at InDesign so that our print

it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe

Word documents look different on

documents will look better.”

Paragraph Composer is based on

every computer. Not just the image

Someone who has created a

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

positions, but also the text flows, page

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

breaks and much more.

before, being proud that he got it to

stuff, though. But for a technical

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

manual or something like that, it

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

like fi and tt is called in English).

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

You’d expect this from a software sold

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

in the 21st century, but it simply does

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

not automatically substitute characters

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

headings, this can look extremely bad.

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:


In Word, things that should work often

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

headings, this can look extremely bad.

before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the

hard you stare at the manual. It simply does not do what it technically should.

Or it does it and then crashes.

Once you install it, the entire computer

default Arial and all, can’t be

gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

expected to change their judgement of what looks good and what does

Word documents look different on every computer. Not just the image

It generally sucks.

not over night. To throw an

But while I think that it makes no

InDesign license at them is just a

positions, but also the text flows, page

waste of money. Even knowing the sense to force a professional

InDesign manual off by heart

designer to use MS Word, I think

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

that InDesign is a bad choice for

least some kind of eye for design.

like fi and tt is called in English).

people without some kind of design

To such non-design people, I’d

You’d expect this from a software sold

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

rather recommend they use

in the 21st century, but it simply does

InDesign so that our print

something like FrameMaker, which

not automatically substitute characters

documents will look better.”

is equally well suited for both File-

Someone who has created a

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

breaks and much more.


Word documents look different on

To such non-design people, I’d

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

rather recommend they use

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

something like FrameMaker, which

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

is equally well suited for both File-

style work and professionally laid

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word 

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

style work and professionally laid

affordable. It’s obviously not a

like fi and tt is called in English).

out print documents.

professional layout package, but it

You’d expect this from a software sold

I’m also quite impressed with

sure is more than most people

in the 21st century, but it simply does

Apple’s Pages. The new version

need. And it comes with tons of

not automatically substitute characters

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

predesigned templates.

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

very easy to use, and quite

Sometimes even the non-

headings, this can look extremely bad.

affordable. It’s obviously not a

very easy to use, and quite

WYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than

professional layout package, but it 

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it works spectacularly well. One needs to know quite a lot about typesetting to get pages looking as good out of InDesign. For me, there are five reasons why any software is better than MS Word:

Once you install it, the entire computer

sure is more than most people

gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

need. And it comes with tons of predesigned templates.

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.” Someone who has created a WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the default Arial and all, can’t be expected to change their judgement of what looks good and what does

In Word, things that should work often

not over night. To throw an

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

InDesign license at them is just a

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

waste of money. Even knowing the

does not do what it technically should.

InDesign manual off by heart

Or it does it and then crashes.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at least some kind of eye for design.

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it works spectacularly well. One needs to know quite a lot about typesetting to get pages looking as good out of InDesign. For me, there are five reasons why any software is better than MS Word:


In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design.

In Word, things that should work often

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word style work and professionally laid

Word documents look different on

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

like fi and tt is called in English).

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

You’d expect this from a software sold

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

in the 21st century, but it simply does

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

not automatically substitute characters

very easy to use, and quite

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

affordable. It’s obviously not a

headings, this can look extremely bad.

professional layout package, but it

like fi and tt is called in English). You’d expect this from a software sold in the 21st century, but it simply does

sure is more than most people Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows. It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.” Someone who has created a WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the default Arial and all, can’t be expected to change their judgement of what looks good and what does not over night. To throw an

not automatically substitute characters

need. And it comes with tons of

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

predesigned templates.

headings, this can look extremely bad.

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than

flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it works spectacularly well. One needs to know quite a lot about typesetting to get pages looking as good out of InDesign.

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.” Someone who has created a WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the


default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

Someone who has created a

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

before, being proud that he got it to

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

default Arial and all, can’t be

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

expected to change their judgement

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

of what looks good and what does

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

not over night. To throw an 

In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design.

least some kind of eye for design.

To such non-design people, I’d

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word 

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

style work and professionally laid

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite

like fi and tt is called in English).

affordable. It’s obviously not a

You’d expect this from a software sold

professional layout package, but it

in the 21st century, but it simply does

sure is more than most people

not automatically substitute characters

need. And it comes with tons of

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

predesigned templates.

headings, this can look extremely bad.

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than

flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.”

style work and professionally laid out print documents. I’m also quite impressed with Apple’s Pages. The new version seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite affordable. It’s obviously not a professional layout package, but it sure is more than most people need. And it comes with tons of predesigned templates. Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on


the same algorithm that (La)TeX

people without some kind of design

flawless output, no matter how how

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

much Word user spirit you throw at

stuff, though. But for a technical

InDesign so that our print

it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe

manual or something like that, it

documents will look better.”

Paragraph Composer is based on

works spectacularly well. One

Someone who has created a

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

needs to know quite a lot about

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

typesetting to get pages looking as

before, being proud that he got it to

stuff, though. But for a technical

good out of InDesign.

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

manual or something like that, it

For me, there are five reasons why

default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

any software is better than MS

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

Word:

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design.

In Word, things that should work often

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff like fi and tt is called in English). You’d expect this from a software sold in the 21st century, but it simply does not automatically substitute characters with the correct glyphs. Especially in headings, this can look extremely bad. Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows. It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for

style work and professionally laid

Word documents look different on

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite

like fi and tt is called in English).

affordable. It’s obviously not a

You’d expect this from a software sold

professional layout package, but it

in the 21st century, but it simply does

sure is more than most people

not automatically substitute characters

need. And it comes with tons of

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

predesigned templates.

headings, this can look extremely bad.

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

It generally sucks.


But while I think that it makes no

Sometimes even the non-

sense to force a professional

WYSIWYG LaTeX might be an

designer to use MS Word, I think

option. It is a lot easier to use than

that InDesign is a bad choice for

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely

people without some kind of design

hard to prevent it from producing

But while I think that it makes no

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

flawless output, no matter how how

sense to force a professional

InDesign so that our print

much Word user spirit you throw at

designer to use MS Word, I think

documents will look better.”

it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe

that InDesign is a bad choice for

Someone who has created a

Paragraph Composer is based on

people without some kind of design

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

before, being proud that he got it to

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

InDesign so that our print

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

stuff, though. But for a technical

documents will look better.”

default Arial and all, can’t be

manual or something like that, it

Someone who has created a

expected to change their judgement

works spectacularly well. One

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

of what looks good and what does

needs to know quite a lot about

before, being proud that he got it to

not over night. To throw an

typesetting to get pages looking as

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

InDesign license at them is just a

good out of InDesign.

default Arial and all, can’t be

waste of money. Even knowing the

For me, there are five reasons why

expected to change their judgement

InDesign manual off by heart

any software is better than MS

of what looks good and what does

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

Word:

not over night. To throw an

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

It generally sucks.

InDesign license at them is just a

least some kind of eye for design. 

In Word, things that should work often

waste of money. Even knowing the

rather recommend they use

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

InDesign manual off by heart

something like FrameMaker, which

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

is equally well suited for both File-

does not do what it technically should.

least some kind of eye for design.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

Or it does it and then crashes.

To such non-design people, I’d

To such non-design people, I’d

rather recommend they use

style work and professionally laid 

Word documents look different on

something like FrameMaker, which

I’m also quite impressed with

every computer. Not just the image

is equally well suited for both File-

Apple’s Pages. The new version

positions, but also the text flows, page

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

breaks and much more.

style work and professionally laid

out print documents.

very easy to use, and quite affordable. It’s obviously not a professional layout package, but it sure is more than most people need. And it comes with tons of predesigned templates.

out print documents. 

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

I’m also quite impressed with

like fi and tt is called in English).

Apple’s Pages. The new version

You’d expect this from a software sold

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

in the 21st century, but it simply does

very easy to use, and quite

not automatically substitute characters

affordable. It’s obviously not a

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

professional layout package, but it

headings, this can look extremely bad.


sure is more than most people

not automatically substitute characters

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

need. And it comes with tons of

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

very easy to use, and quite

predesigned templates.

headings, this can look extremely bad.

affordable. It’s obviously not a

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an

professional layout package, but it 

option. It is a lot easier to use than

Once you install it, the entire computer

sure is more than most people

gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

need. And it comes with tons of

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely

predesigned templates. 

It generally sucks.

Sometimes even the non-

flawless output, no matter how how

But while I think that it makes no

WYSIWYG LaTeX might be an

much Word user spirit you throw at

sense to force a professional

option. It is a lot easier to use than

it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe

designer to use MS Word, I think

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely

Paragraph Composer is based on

that InDesign is a bad choice for

hard to prevent it from producing

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

people without some kind of design

flawless output, no matter how how

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

much Word user spirit you throw at

stuff, though. But for a technical

InDesign so that our print

it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe

manual or something like that, it

documents will look better.”

Paragraph Composer is based on

works spectacularly well. One

Someone who has created a

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

needs to know quite a lot about

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

typesetting to get pages looking as

before, being proud that he got it to

stuff, though. But for a technical

good out of InDesign.

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

manual or something like that, it

For me, there are five reasons why

default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

any software is better than MS

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

Word:

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design.

hard to prevent it from producing

In Word, things that should work often

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word style work and professionally laid

Word documents look different on

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

like fi and tt is called in English).

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

You’d expect this from a software sold

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

in the 21st century, but it simply does


No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

style work and professionally laid

like fi and tt is called in English).

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

You’d expect this from a software sold

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

in the 21st century, but it simply does

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

not automatically substitute characters

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

very easy to use, and quite

headings, this can look extremely bad.

affordable. It’s obviously not a

like fi and tt is called in English).

professional layout package, but it

You’d expect this from a software sold

Once you install it, the entire computer

sure is more than most people

in the 21st century, but it simply does

gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

need. And it comes with tons of

not automatically substitute characters

predesigned templates.

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

It generally sucks.

Sometimes even the non-

headings, this can look extremely bad.

But while I think that it makes no

WYSIWYG LaTeX might be an

sense to force a professional

option. It is a lot easier to use than

designer to use MS Word, I think

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely

that InDesign is a bad choice for

hard to prevent it from producing

people without some kind of design

flawless output, no matter how how

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

much Word user spirit you throw at

InDesign so that our print

it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe

documents will look better.”

Paragraph Composer is based on

Someone who has created a

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

before, being proud that he got it to

stuff, though. But for a technical

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

manual or something like that, it

default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

Word documents look different on

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.” Someone who has created a WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the default Arial and all, can’t be expected to change their judgement of what looks good and what does

doesn’t help if you don’t have at In Word, things that should work often

not over night. To throw an

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

InDesign license at them is just a

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

waste of money. Even knowing the

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

InDesign manual off by heart

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

least some kind of eye for design.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

least some kind of eye for design.


To such non-design people, I’d

In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

rather recommend they use

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

something like FrameMaker, which

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

is equally well suited for both File-

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design. To such non-design people, I’d

style work and professionally laid 

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

I’m also quite impressed with

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

Apple’s Pages. The new version

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

out print documents.

very easy to use, and quite

style work and professionally laid 

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

out print documents.

professional layout package, but it

like fi and tt is called in English).

I’m also quite impressed with

sure is more than most people

You’d expect this from a software sold

Apple’s Pages. The new version

need. And it comes with tons of

in the 21st century, but it simply does

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but

predesigned templates.

not automatically substitute characters

very easy to use, and quite

Sometimes even the non-

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

affordable. It’s obviously not a

WYSIWYG LaTeX might be an

headings, this can look extremely bad.

professional layout package, but it

affordable. It’s obviously not a

option. It is a lot easier to use than it looks. Moreover, it is extremely

gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

hard to prevent it from producing flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it works spectacularly well. One needs to know quite a lot about typesetting to get pages looking as good out of InDesign. For me, there are five reasons why any software is better than MS Word:

sure is more than most people Once you install it, the entire computer

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.” Someone who has created a WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the default Arial and all, can’t be expected to change their judgement of what looks good and what does not over night. To throw an

need. And it comes with tons of predesigned templates. Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it works spectacularly well. One needs to know quite a lot about typesetting to get pages looking as good out of InDesign.


For me, there are five reasons why

default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

any software is better than MS

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

Word:

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design.

In Word, things that should work often

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff like fi and tt is called in English). You’d expect this from a software sold in the 21st century, but it simply does not automatically substitute characters with the correct glyphs. Especially in headings, this can look extremely bad. Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows. It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.” Someone who has created a WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day before, being proud that he got it to use Comic Sans MS instead of the

style work and professionally laid

Word documents look different on

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite

like fi and tt is called in English).

affordable. It’s obviously not a

You’d expect this from a software sold

professional layout package, but it

in the 21st century, but it simply does

sure is more than most people

not automatically substitute characters

need. And it comes with tons of

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

predesigned templates.

headings, this can look extremely bad.

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than

flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for people without some kind of design background. It’s not like “Let’s buy InDesign so that our print documents will look better.”


Someone who has created a

the same algorithm that (La)TeX

people without some kind of design

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

uses. It’s no use for doing creative

background. It’s not like “Let’s buy

before, being proud that he got it to

stuff, though. But for a technical

InDesign so that our print

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

manual or something like that, it

documents will look better.”

default Arial and all, can’t be

works spectacularly well. One

Someone who has created a

expected to change their judgement

needs to know quite a lot about

WordArt-Rainbow-Type the day

of what looks good and what does

typesetting to get pages looking as

before, being proud that he got it to

not over night. To throw an

good out of InDesign.

use Comic Sans MS instead of the

InDesign license at them is just a

For me, there are five reasons why

default Arial and all, can’t be

waste of money. Even knowing the

any software is better than MS

expected to change their judgement

InDesign manual off by heart

Word:

of what looks good and what does

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

not over night. To throw an 

In Word, things that should work often

InDesign license at them is just a

To such non-design people, I’d

simply don’t &endash; no matter how

waste of money. Even knowing the

rather recommend they use

hard you stare at the manual. It simply

InDesign manual off by heart

something like FrameMaker, which

does not do what it technically should.

doesn’t help if you don’t have at

is equally well suited for both File-

Or it does it and then crashes.

least some kind of eye for design.

least some kind of eye for design.

To such non-design people, I’d

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word 

Word documents look different on

rather recommend they use

out print documents.

every computer. Not just the image

something like FrameMaker, which

I’m also quite impressed with

positions, but also the text flows, page

is equally well suited for both File-

Apple’s Pages. The new version

breaks and much more.

New-and-type-ahead-like-in-word

style work and professionally laid

seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite

like fi and tt is called in English).

affordable. It’s obviously not a

You’d expect this from a software sold

professional layout package, but it

in the 21st century, but it simply does

sure is more than most people

not automatically substitute characters

need. And it comes with tons of

with the correct glyphs. Especially in

predesigned templates.

headings, this can look extremely bad.

Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than

flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on

Once you install it, the entire computer gets a lot slower, at least on Windows.

it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing

No ligatures (I hope tht’s what stuff

It generally sucks. But while I think that it makes no sense to force a professional designer to use MS Word, I think that InDesign is a bad choice for

style work and professionally laid out print documents. I’m also quite impressed with Apple’s Pages. The new version seems to be a lot like InDesign, but very easy to use, and quite affordable. It’s obviously not a professional layout package, but it sure is more than most people need. And it comes with tons of predesigned templates. Sometimes even the nonWYSIWYG LaTeX might be an option. It is a lot easier to use than it looks. Moreover, it is extremely hard to prevent it from producing


flawless output, no matter how how much Word user spirit you throw at it. After all, InDesign’s Adobe Paragraph Composer is based on the same algorithm that (La)TeX uses. It’s no use for doing creative stuff, though. But for a technical manual or something like that, it works spectacularly well. One needs to know quite a lot about typesetting to get pages looking as good out of InDesign.


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