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Category Archive: proofreading
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Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.
Links from the post:
- ASCII code list
- Unicode explained
- Word MVP site
- Word Tips site
- and this huge table of Unicode characters
Check these recent related posts:
Thanks to the anonymous commenter who asked this question on last week’s post about finding non-printing characters. It was an excellent prompt regarding a very useful thing for us technical editors to know.
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In my first post of the “marking up PDFs” series, I showed the many uses of stamps in Acrobat.
Setting favourite stamps makes them available in above the other categories when you click the stamp icon.
Watch this screencast to learn how to make a custom (proofreader’s) stamp and how to import stamps into the free Adobe (Acrobat) Reader XI. (Tweet this.)
PDF editing mark-up in Adobe Acrobat series:
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/06/stamps-acrobat-tips-for-proofreaders-markup-of-pdfs/
Anything you can take a screen shot of can be marked up as a PDF. Here is a quick demo showing how to mark up corrections to titles (or captions) in a video. It uses the free Adobe Reader XI software.
Steps are written out below.
Steps to create a PDF from a screen shot
- Launch the video / program or whatever.
- Pause the playback at the right moment.
- Take a screen shot (see tips below).
- Create PDF by opening the screen shot in your preferred viewer or pasting it into a Word document, then selecting “Save as PDF” or “print to PDF.”
- Open the PDF in Adobe Reader XI. (Make sure it opens in the program, and not within a web browser window.)
Ways to take a screen shot
- [Mac] cmd + shift + 4 — drag crosshairs around selection to copy
- [Mac] cmd + shift + 4, release, then spacebar — click on screen to copy whole thing
- [iPad, iPhone] home button + power button — saves screen image to photo album
- [PC] No idea. Google it.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/06/mark-up-title-corrections-for-video-using-pdf/
Though I’d much rather announce “I weigh 70 kg,” metric hasn’t entirely stuck in Canada. We use a simperial system that I’ve been writing about lately. An editor adapting a text needs to know when pounds should be used instead of kilograms. Converting weights, today on the Copyediting.com blog.
And yes, I do weigh more than the guy who took this photo, Daniel Oines, used under CC BY 2.0 license.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/03/simperial-weights-converting-units-of-measure-in-canada/
When your file doesn’t start on page 1, it is helpful to have the PDF show you the absolute page numbering, not the relative page number in that file. It’s particularly helpful for indexing and other page-number-sensitive markup that editors do.
Here’s one way to do it. (A video showing X and XI follows.)
You need the full Acrobat program to customize the page numbering on a PDF.
- In Acrobat Pro 9, the setting is under Advanced > Document Processing > Number Pages.
- In Acrobat Pro XI, open the Pages Thumbnails pane and right-click on one of the page thumbnails, or click the Options icon at the top of the pane (it looks like a bullet list). Select Number Pages… from the menu that pops up.
In the X and XI versions, it works as in this video tutorial.
In the Windows version of Acrobat, look under View > Page Navigation > Page menu item. On Windows, this shortcut is “Ctrl + Shift + N”; on Mac OS, it is “Cmd + Shift + N”. According to http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/PDF17
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In this episode, Adrienne expands on a post from copyediting.com in which she explores spelling choices in Canada, reads the dictionary, and dodges slings and arrows from her fellow wordsmiths.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Original post: Practice vs Practise: Can’t we get along?
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Mentioned in this podcast:
“The Mysterious Relationship: Authors and Their Editors” by Rosemary Shipton, in the 2011 compilation Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text.
Dr. Panko’s research on Human Error
Rich Adin: An American Copyeditor
Original blog post: Error Rates in Editing
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