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Word and its limits

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

The other day I was at the library studying "gaily" came when a friend of mine with his laptop and his thesis in. Doc with a lot of images that made ​​the document of 148 pages weighs about 550MB. The university claimed that the student would provide a hard copy and an electronic copy on CdRom to be delivered in the secretariat of the institute. The file of the thesis CdRom had to be in 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 everything was opened with a random formatting, purely coincidental!

So we have decided to use PDF.

We open this mammoth 550MB file from within Word, and not when the application crashes, loses formatting, numbers footer lose count, image captions moving 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 and reliable because 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 without logic (because Word)!

And every file.doc modified gave a nice APPLE + P and I created the equivalent pdf file. The biggest problem was in Chapter IV in which There were about 80 images (high resolution) and the problems have required about 40 minutes of corrections given the slowness of the Word in the 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 wisely created some time 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 on CdRom with a click 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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