THREE IN THE MORNING AND THE PAGE NUMBERS WON’T WORK – MARILYN ARMSTRONG

I was up until very late last night because Garry got a new computer. Setting it up was easy because these days, everything is automated. And he didn’t have a lot of documents or photographs to move. They are all on my computer.

He has decided he’s going to try writing a book … and his Google book or iPad weren’t going to do the job. I did all the basic setup and downloaded Apache Open Office, which is free (but they will gladly take donations). It has everything (and more) than MS Office. It works on any computer. It really is free.

I have been using it on all my personal computers for the past 15-years. To be fair, I haven’t done any serious work on it. I wrote my book using Framemaker, which was Adobe’s anti-intuitive documentation software which I just happened to own at the time. But when I finished my book, I never renewed it. I’m not sure Adobe makes it anymore.

It was the software for non-fiction authors. If you were working on a doctorate or any material that needs glossaries, appendices, indexes, et al, Framemaker was the software. Expensive, but everything Adobe makes is pricey. I got Framemaker and Photoshop as goodbye gifts from my last job. It was great for designing my book, but for normal every day writing it was overkill.

Meanwhile, they kept charging more and more for MSOffice and it wasn’t worth it. It was so over-automated that it did what it wanted, but almost never what YOU wanted. OpenOffice is much less automated — and free.

But, as I said, I never used it for serious writing. While I haven’t been using it, the application has changed — for the better. If Garry is going to use it, I will have to teach him to use it. How can I teach him to use it if I don’t know how it works? So, after Garry went off to watch old Western movies in the bedroom, I created a small file. No problem with setting up fonts and formats.

Then I figured Garry was going to need page numbers. So hey, I’m a class act with software, right? I set up a footer then went to look for the page numbers. Two hours later, I still couldn’t figure out how to put in a simple page number in the middle of the footer. It would set it up left-right for a book, but I just wanted a simple number, middle of the page in the footer.

As the night began to turn into morning I found something that looked like it might work, but I think you can only see the numbers if you print the document. I was ready for bed, not printing. Oddly enough, I didn’t print it today either. Maybe tomorrow. Or Sunday.

I think I need to go back to Apache and watch some of their videos and read some of the documentation. During 20 years of retirement, I might have lost my touch! It was a humbling experience.



Categories: Books, Computers, learning, Marilyn Armstrong, Software, Technology, Writing

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  1. Comment that shows up as spam no matter what I do:

    lstefan1 commented on THREE IN THE MORNING AND THE PAGE NUMBERS WON’T WORK – MARILYN ARMSTRONG

    I was up until very late last night because Garry got a new computer. Setting it up was easy because these days, everything is …

    Good morning! This may help:
    Format -> Page -> Footer tab -> check “Footer On” box then click on the footer and from main menu click Insert -> Fields -> Page Number then format position of page number’s text from “Formatting” toolbar or using (ctrl+E).

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  2. Now that is wonderful news Marilyn and Garry. I look forward to buying that book.
    Leslie xoxo

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  3. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    The Apache software sounds like the ticket.

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  4. Page numbers will get you every time.

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    • I have had more problems with numbering than anything else in writing software. Especially where you’ve got multiple sets of numbers — illustration numbers, page numbers, chapter numbers, book numbers, indexes and glossaries … and each set is different. They really WILL get you 🙂

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  5. As I am fed up paying through the nose for Microsoft Word, I would be interested in knowing if this Apache is a viable alternative…

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  6. These software are a nightmare to install.

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