- Crash Project To Produce User's Guide
As usual, especially since the client was a high-tech startup fielding its first-ever produce, the documentation had been left to the last minute. So in a matter of a few days I wrote and edited the text, chose the typefaces, drew the line drawings, took the macrophotographs and retouched them in GIMP, and -- as per the client's specification -- endured the painful experinece of laying the guide out in MS Word instead of Quark. What looks like a modern, "open" layout, is a klooged-up Windows two-column table with the grid suppressed. You can do layouts like this in Word, but just like playing piano with your nose, while it can be done, it is slow and painful. One hint: while you can re-size artwork in Word, Word wll be a lot happier if you size your artwork to fit before inserting it. This is easy to to in GIMP if you switch the scale command from pixels to inches.