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Word and its limits

So it is a great software for ease of use and intuitiveness, the software is limited when the need increases ...

The other day I was at the library studying "happily" when she got a friend of mine with his laptop and his thesis in .doc format with images that made ​​the document of 148 pages weighing about 550MB. The university claimed that the student would provide a hard copy and an electronic copy CdRom to be delivered in the secretariat of the institute. The file of the thesis CdRom had to be one of the following formats:

  • RTF (Rich Text Format)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)


Armed with good patience we have tried first converting to RTF conversion times as maddening and painful as a result: the file is not opened almost never when it opened it was all nicely formatted random, purely coincidental!

So we have decided to use PDF.

We open this mammoth 550MB file from Word, and not when the application crashes, loses formatting, numbers footer lose count, image captions move left and right for no reason ... a nightmare.

I decide to take the version of the thesis "broken", ie the individual file.doc that create the whole thesis ...

- Inizio.doc
- Introduzione.doc
- The Capitolo.doc
- ...

I open them one by one on my Mac because reliable and at least we can work with a computer that does not crash every 13-15 minutes. File after file re-check and re-settle errors and formatting dates in the case, including wrong numbers and notes no logic (because Word)!

And in a modified file.doc gave a nice APPLE + P and I created the equivalent pdf file. The biggest problem was in Chapter IV where There were about 80 images (high resolution) and the problems have required about 40 minutes of corrections given the slowness of Word to show things, and strict stupidity in not understanding what / how to correct.

But after a troubled birth of two hours I created all the pdf file of the case! Now all that remained was to unite all those blessed .pdf and thanks to Automator and to my "little program" that I had created wisely long ago there was no problem: one click to launch the application and select the file, 3 minutes to join all the files and the perfect result.

A perfect pdf file of about 120MB that can not be faulted on any computer that does its job and does not have a slightest smear formatting!
Put it all in a single click CdRom and my friend was all happy and smiling and the next day you are presented with the CdRom voicemail.

What have I learned? Never use Word to make processed longer than 5-10 pages. Especially a thesis ... strictly use Latex .

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