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…
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.
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!
When I moved, I threw out 350 of the 500 business cards that I printed when I first set out as a freelancer, 14 years earlier. Social media is how I connect with people now; both to meet them and to find them again later. Next week, read my tips for using these effectively.
5 tips for refreshing your editing 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.
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.
This online course in editing on-screen is surprisingly low tech, so there are minimal technological barriers. Each of the 4 lessons is distributed to a closed croup of students by email once per week as either a PDF or a Word file.
This nonsense sample shows how the built-in drawing and stamp tools can make proofreading marks on a PDF.
The EFA uses Yahoo groups for distribution and for the ensuing discussion that is encouraged. (I am preparing questions to stimulate discussion.)
Each week, a new lesson is uploaded. Students access the lessons and participate in discussion whenever it is convenient for them. The instructor will not be online 24/7, but will aim to respond in a timely manner.
Access to the course site (Yahoo Group) opens October 30th and closes on November 27th. The goal is to make the skills generic – so they can be used in a number of PDF editing platforms, Mac or PC, and any version of Word. Word IS required; no equivalents.
Each lessons includes these aspects, expanded on below:
activities to check your learning along the way
links to video demos
Written instructions are kept to under 11 printed pages for each lesson. These are laid out with lots of white space, graphics, a table of contents, links to resources, and a self-assessment checklist.
Activities are designed so that it will be easy for the instructor to give feedback and guidance to students who want it; though no marks are assigned. Note that editing is neither taught not assessed in this course; it focusses on the technological skills alone. You can get a sneak peek of the demos (at 3x speed, mind you) in the video “trailer” made to promote the online course: http://youtu.be/ne5HfueFvfE
Videos are succinct and typically run under 2 minutes. Each video relates to a discrete part of the lesson; they show the editing in action on the screen, while the instructor narrates, describing what is happening. Video demos are identified by clickable icons in the written lesson; full URLs are provided in the resource notes at the end of each lesson. Videos are also available only to the closed group of students – via YouTube. Students can watch them any time, slow them down, speed them up, replay them, etc.
Lessons are designed to be completed in roughly 2 hours each. It depends on how much you like to practice, or if additional guidance is requested. You are encouraged to ask questions, since you are paying to access to the teacher!