Designing in Word is Like Drawing With a Ham Sandwich

Posted By On Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Don’t get me wrong, working in a program that doesn’t do anything particularly well doesn’t irritate me.

It infuriates me.

Why can’t I do a simple layout or template as easily in Word as I can in InDesign or QuarkXpress?

Why is Microsoft’s code designed so it gums up any attempt at publishing text online? When we get a Word document for a website redesign, we have to be sure and save it in a plain text format so it doesn’t throw tons of useless and confusing code into the content.

Why are the defaults set so that whenever I type in a name or website it automatically connects to the internet or my out-of-date Entourage address book even though I don’t want it to?

What I want is a simple, fast, easy-to-use word processor that has more capabilities than Textedit – not a slow, bloated, over-featured, complicated program that makes everything confusing.

When was the last time you saved a Word document as a web page?

Why do I need a fix to open up a .docx in older versions of Word (although Adobe is rapidly reaching arch-villain level on that score).

Well now Word’s reputation is official- there’s an article that agrees with me on Slate, so I feel totally vindicated!

Read it HERE... and don’t get me started on PowerPoint.

P.S. Like the article author, I do use Word for word counts – it’s great at that.

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