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by kameelean / March 4, 2007 2:54 AM PST

Hi all,

I typically use the MAC desktop publishing/graphic programs like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.

I have created a design in illustrator and wanted to import the design as a background into a word processing program, on my PC, like MSWord, add the text and give it to a client so that he can shange the text for an upcoming event and reuse the same file.

The problem started when I found out that Word won't allow me to slant the type on an angle that I choose (which the design calls for). I did some investigating and found out that PowerPoint allows me to slant the type, so I used that program and it worked fine until I noticed that the lettering and in some cases whole words were shifting up and down! I thought it was just how it appeared on screen, but when I created a PDF, sure enough, the same wavy type effect.

Does anyone know how to fix this problem or can anyone suggest a program that would be better for this type of project? The client is the typical "dabbler" in only Microsoft products (PC platform).

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Re: MS Word
by Kees Bakker / March 4, 2007 4:30 AM PST

I'm afraid MS Word is only a word processor, not a full fledged DTP-program. Your client may try Microsoft Publisher instead:
Or see if WordArt (part of MS Office) does what he needs, but I doubt if that's professional enough.

Luckily, Adobe Indesign and Illustrator are available for Windows also. So even if Publisher isn't what he needs, he need not buy a Mac!

I suggest you don't spend any unpaid time in this issue. Let him research his own needs if he prefers not to follow your recommendation for Adobe products. Or pay you to research Publisher, of course. You wouldn't object to that, would you?

Hope this helps.


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by kameelean / March 4, 2007 5:41 AM PST
In reply to: Re: MS Word

I didn't think so... I've dabbled in Publisher before and will check just for my own curiosity but will pass the buck on to the client and see what he says. BTW, I heard that the MSWord for Visio will allow you to slan text though, but I won't go there yet!

Thanks again!

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Depends on the text
by entrecon / March 4, 2007 10:35 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

I agree that publisher is the program for this, but if it is just a little bit of text that needs to be slanted they might be able to do it with Word Art.

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Amt. of Text
by kameelean / March 5, 2007 3:10 AM PST
In reply to: Depends on the text

There are two paragraphs with indents and inset images. Probably too complex for Word Art.

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