What are some free or open source software for Windows everyone should know about?
LibreOffice s For the vast majority of users LibreOffice is every bit as good as Microsoft Office. Most people don need to work on group documents that have to have the docx file extension (EDIT LibreOffice can open docx and other proprietary Microsoft formats but the formatting will likely not be preserved which makes shared documents difficult). They just need to write papers for school that will be printed out and turned in. If they have to submit electronically you can always export to PDF. There just no reason for the average home user to buy Microsoft Office. MiKTeX s I found out about LaTeX as a senior in college and started using it in graduate school. It is a vastly superior way of preparing documentspared to any What you see is what you get software like word. MiKTeX allows you to have a LaTeX installation on Windows and has the ability to automatically install missing packages. Inkscape s Free open source vector graphics program. Great way to get into digital design without having to fork over the money for Adobe products. Amarok s Excellent digital audio player. ordered-list
I really need a laptop for college classes I'm taking online, but can only afford an HP Chromebook at the moment. Should I get this or save up to get something better?
There are some models of HP Windows 1 laptops which price around the mid range chromebooks. Get the chromebook and save the money for something else. I have a three year old chromebook and do everything I need minus microsoft office. That about all the difference. Most every web based software in the market is SaaS meaning that all the horsepower is hosted on the server. Gone are those infernal Java downloads and microsoft DLLs. Those are about all youve missed and they no longer exist. Year two I got an overhaul of the chrome os uploaded to my book while i slept. OVERHAUL. Apparently we get these nice updates indefinitely. For an online course all youre doing is browser based I assume. What are you missing? Photoshop. IMovie Theyre great apps and so is the app store but if youre on a budget and looking to cut back it a potential place to start. If you decide on getting a chromebook (smart) get the 8GB memory version and don worry about the storage. 14u233 will give you ample visual space and the laptop is still very slim. I have a regular aluminum and rugged version for my whole family. Roaming profiles allows any of us to hop on whatever device is available with all our stored settings. Three years of intensive use with downloads and synchronizing photos with my phone and I am still barely scratching 24 GB. Oh yes chromebooks have built in wireless printing with modern printer models Bluetooth multiple users view and print to pdf. My daughter middle school recently funded the issue of chromebooks for each and every student in the school. High school and college students are likely to see the benefit as well. edit I recalled some opinionated criticisms in favor of a more factual breakdown. I like apple powerbooks and windows pc but the chromebooks are cheaper and can get most jobs done well. You don get what you pay for. You get a little bit more.
What text size should I use when writing a novel in Microsoft Word?
While you are writing the novel itself it really makes no difference at all. You should zoom in well enough to see clearly so that you notice missing punctuation and so forth. Many people believe that they have supernatural eyesight and have the at a very small scale. This is very unfortunate as many errors slip through unnoticed. For the electronic book the size is immaterial. For the printed book you should be using a minimum of 11312pts and it will depend on the face you use. A quick way an alternative to the print method below is to set your document up to your intend page size for example 6x9 inches. Then pick up a ruler and zoom the document until it is close to 9 inches tall. You can just do the conversion into metric for ease of use and most printer-on-demandpanies offer the precise measurement required. If your is too large or too small then it will be the same in print. Simply adjust it to appeal to the eye. Always avoid setting the face size too small to save money. Taken from my book called Publish It Yourself! I find that single line spacing is not enough and one and a half too generous. All my books are set in Liberation which is a royalty-free set of sans and serif fonts kindly provided by Red Hat. I set the serif variant to 12pt in size for the body with as a line spacing. Depending on the face you select and personal preference you will need to adjust these values. To a varying degree these paragraph settings will be applied when exported to the electronic format. Since you first need to set your base font settings in the original manuscript the information is included here and only referenced briefly later in the paperback formatuacting section. I apply 3pt spacing after a paragraph but remember to clear the setting called Don add space between paragraphs of the same style. horizontal-rule Apply your desired effects and then export the document to a PDF print layout which will be exed in due course. Open the document to check how it appears to the eye. How do the headers and footers look? If everything looks great send a copy of those few pages to your desktop printer. Neatly cut them to size and slot them into a paperback novel of the same size. This is the quickest and most economical manner of seeing your book in print without sending the final print layout to the printers and ordering a physical copy. Is your face easy to read? Are the spacesfortable to the eye? Are your margins generous or do they make the book look cheap? Most importantly does the overall page look attractive? Blur your vision a little and attempt to picture the page as an s 1 25 Mabel user 184639664 thanks for the A2A. The original question was What size should I use when writing a novel in Microsoft Word? italic A lot of people seem to be saying size 12 but that seems really small to me. Intuitively I say 13.5 looks about right but I get that it looks quite different on a screen. It a young adult story fyi and I print it in your average paperback size. italic
Why am I facing QuickBooks printing issues on my PC?
The QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair Tool will help you if you having trouble printing transactions emailing forms or saving anything as a PDF file inside of QuickBooks Desktop. You may see one of the following errors of why you need to run the QuickBooks PDF & Print Repair Tool There is a problem connecting to your currently selected printer Microsoft XPS Document writer on XPS port. Could not print to printer. Error QuickBooks can'tplete the current action due to a missingponent Missing pdf fileponent. QuickBooks is not responding. PDF Converter shows offline. You cannot print directly to the QuickBooks PDF Converter. The device is not ready. Unable to save as .pdf file. QuickBooks could not save your form or reports as a .pdf. QuickBooks freezes when you try to reconcile accounts. Print Driver Host for 32-bit Applications has Stopped Working. Unrecoverable error. QuickBooks PDF Converter Activation Error -2 -3 or -41. Error 1722 or 181 when installing PDF Converter. Problems printing transactions or reports.
What are some tips or websites where I can learn everything that goes in to making book covers?
A good page Beginner Ge To Book Cover Design Some other general rules are Learn some design. Photoshop Illustrator CorelDraw or even free source software like Gimp. Learn to use it. Do not design your book cover in Microsoft Word. Unless you are doing something that calls for a special size stick with one particular books size. I usually go with 6 x 9 unless there are more than 3 pages. Then I go with 8.5 (or ) x 11. Make sure your spine is calculated correctly. I use cream paper because the thickness rounds out to exactly .oo25 making it easy to calculate. Bright white paper is .2252. The reason you want an easy calculation is because a lot of software will end up rounding off. .2252 bes .23. In large books this may lead to the measurement being off enough to mess with the s. If you have a book with less than 125 pages do not put on the spine. 9 out of 1 times the printer will get the placement wrong or the will be too small to read. Unless you are a color expert use RGB over CMYK. Pretty much all printers now accept RGB after going digital. Back in the day you had to covert to CMYK first. CMYK can be unpredictable when printing and your colors will change if converting from RGB. With RGB you pretty much get what you see on the screen (so long as your screen is calibrated correction). And don't use color separation. When digital printing first took off printers used digital for color covers (which were cheaper) but would still use offset printing for the page interiors which only prints black. Even if the interior pages just had grayscale they would switch over to digital which at the time costs about 5ua2 more per page (same as color offset for interior) which added up quickly. But nowadays pretty much everything is done in digital and the prices havee down significantly. Use a bleed around you cover even if your s and fonts are within the file itself in the settings. It is easy to send one file to the printer than multiple files. Less things can go wrong. Be sure to flatten all your . You can do this usually by selecting the entire cover in case you have to make corrections to the makes the PDF smaller and helps avoid any unforeseeable color problems. Sometimes the printer will flatten the s or color in the book. If you decide to print in color later you won't have to change anything in the book file. Do notpress your has a lot of fine detail like a photograph then you may to supersize it. But above 12 is unnecessary. The cover file typicallyes out at around 1 to 2 mb. The interior file is usually no more than 6 to 1 mb. Use these same standards whether your cover is for print or an ebook.