How do you use a ruler when editing? I list 8 uses for rulers at (not of) the editing desk, today in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.
Photo by Theilr, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
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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.)
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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.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/06/mark-up-title-corrections-for-video-using-pdf/
Why are multiple monitor screens more efficient? It might only take a few seconds to sort through the dozen windows open on your computer to find the one you want, but when you do that 5000 times a day…
Configurations, document distribution, and more today, on the How To column at Copyediting.com. No IT wizardry required.
Photo by me CC BY-2.0.
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This handout is from my presentation at the EAC 2014 conference. Get a printable PDF version here.
Mark up any file you can print to/save as PDF and absolutely anything you can take a screen shot of: website flash menus, apps, PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos, and good old text manuscripts. You can do all of this with the free Adobe Reader XI that works on both Mac and Windows platforms.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/06/intro-to-advanced-acrobatics/
I espouse making routine copy editing changes silently; that is, without tracking them in Word. From editors, I hear a few common concerns about this:
The idea of making changes silently came to me from Carol Fisher-Saller, one of the more prominent editors at University of Chicago press. I’m in good company on this point, and her post explains it well. But then again, she does call herself The Subversive Editor.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/06/the-argument-for-making-changes-silently-not-tracking-them/
A roundup of software for editorial pros appears today in my post for The Editors’ Weekly, the blog of the Editors’ Association of Canada. This post grew out of the writing I am doing for EAC, revising the next edition of Editing Canadian English. There will be a whole new section on software for editing at all stages of the process!
And here’s an interesting way to use Evernote — though it does seem more writerly than editorly. @IvaCheung explains. HT @ElizabethMacfie
See all my articles on The Editors’ Weekly.
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Five brain hacks for tricking yourself into seeing text with fresh eyes are covered in this episode, an adaptation of Adrienne’s post on copyediting.com. While originally written for editors, these tips can help writers editing their own writing too; they are ways to trick your eyes into seeing what is actually there rather than what your mind thinks should be there.
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Original post: 5 Ways to Refocus Your Editing Eye
First and second episodes: Error Rates in Editing: What’s Your Save Percentage? and How many errors trigger a book reprint? (Spoilers: data shows 95% is the best humanly possible and, secondly, precious few.)
Read more about using colour to spot typos.
The image for this episode is by chrisbb, used under CC BY 2.0 license.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/04/5-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/
This week’s Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com focusses on making conversions between imperial and metric, also known as SI which is short for scientific units in French. And this leads to a discussion of Canadians’ penchant for using SImperial: a mixture of metric and imperial.
Soft and hard conversions are also discussed.
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.catchthesun.net/2014/02/converting-measurements/