[ExI] Please help! Word/Open office document

Tomasz Rola rtomek at ceti.pl
Thu May 1 17:45:17 UTC 2014

On Thu, May 01, 2014 at 10:31:59AM -0600, Gina Miller wrote:
> I still need help!
> On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM, Gina Miller
> <ginakathleenmiller at gmail.com>wrote:
> > I need a little help. I have Open office, basically a free version of Word
> > that can be saved in .doc format. I have a large background picture that I
> > want locked so that you can type over it without being moved. I can't seem
> > to figure it out, I set it up so it looks great but then I close the file
> > and open it up again and it isn't there, or it's crooked. Can I send some
> > one the background picture to help me out? I'd really appreciate it.
> >
> >
> > Thanks
> > Gina "Nanogirl" Miller

I'm not sure if I will be of much help, but perhaps you are using
wrong tool for this? My prejudice is that "office" is poor choice for
doing brochures/posters, which I think you are trying to do (actually,
my prejudice goes as far as to state that "offices" are suitable for
almost nothing, the more complicated the harder is making them work
and perhaps their best accomplishment is successfull advertising of
their own usefulness - but of course I must be prejudiced).

Anyway, if you have enough time, try some desktop publishing
software. I am no expert in office and no expert in DTP but scribus
may save you. Or maybe not. But it is free. Have a look, is this the
kind of stuff you want to make?


In an ideal world people would have used TeX (or LaTeX) for this, but
we were never ideal and since you don't mention them, I don't think
you want to know them :-). They are more like programming languages (I
think that TeX is Turing-complete and LaTeX is just a huge macro(s) on
top of this). And they bring what programming langs do best (well,
sometimes) - automation of sophisticated (more or less) batches of
work, at a cost of learning. Just my prejudice, no need to point me
wrong :-).

Other suggestion - try to convert image to other format, before
importing into the doc. Don't know if this will work but my prejudice
about office suits is this low that I would try it. Seems like you
need to experiment.

Tomasz Rola

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