Don't read unless you're interested in Quark tawk...er, um...talk...
As you may know, I edit and write (at least, 50 percent of it) a quarterly business publication (and anyone who knows my personal financial situation is not in any way allowed to giggle, chortle, or anything even remotely resembling a chuckle at that statement). I'm pretty good at it, too--at least, I've won six awards in the past two years for my efforts, which should count for something.
The problem is, my designer works with Quark on a Mac, and I have Windows on my desktop at work. Thus far, we've solved our translation dilemma best by doing things the old-fashioned way, which is: I mark up his layout, drive over to his location, log on to his computer, and make editorial changes directly to his document. It beats calling in the changes, or writing them down in an email, or any of the other dozens of solutions we've come up with (including installing the IBM version of Quark on my desktop and laptop, thank you very much).
Well, I thought I finally had a workable solution this past month, something I stupidly stumbled upon while working on another creative. When Rob sends me his docs, he sends them as pdfs, and I have read/write access to Adobe Acrobat. It occurred to me (after only six months) that with this, I could do line edits and highlight any changes I made, then save the modified pdf and forward it back. It sounds like an ideal solution, right?
So today, I eagerly threw myself into editing my latest edition using Adobe.
Guess what I discovered? This technique takes up a tremendous amount of space! And given the size of my publication (one page is equivalent to four 8 1/2 by 11 pages)...guess who's computer went ballistic after just one column?
Oh well, back to the drawing board. My cellmate Peg says that they deliberately program these things so that writers are unable to do the work that designers are meant to be doing. Says it's some kind of crime against nature. Hmph.