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InCopy vs. Word

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InDesign Magazine Issue 147 coverThis article appeared in Issue 147 of InDesign Magazine.

Since the dawn of desktop-­publishing-time, publishers have needed a workhorse editorial application to create and manage text content. For most, the obvious choice was Microsoft Word. But as any longtime Word user will tell you, the program has more than its share of quirks and limitations (Figure 1).

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  • Jamie McKee says:

    Great article on the comparisons of the two programs. One note: you can use GREP in Word too by using the Advanced Find and Replace feature, click the down arrow to reveal more options, and check “Use wildcards”.

    • David Blatner says:

      I’ve seen wildcards in Word, and they’re cool, but I don’t think they’re GREP, or nearly as powerful as GREP. I believe you can get GREP searching in Word, but it requires macros and stuff?

    • David Creamer says:

      Word’s wildcards, while useful, are not GREP. Word’s lack of GREP in today’s environment is a major oversite on Microsoft’s part.

  • David Creamer says:

    Word _can_ link to images, but Word doesn’t make it convenient–and it has no collection capabilities.

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