Friday, May 25, 2012

Putting a Jigsaw Puzzle Together in Water

Weird title. I like it. It was something I said to Ivy when we were talking about putting together a zine in MS Word. When I add one element into the mix the other parts disperse, and I have to spend time gathering them and putting them together...again.

 I'm not the most technologically up to date person. I never joined My Space when it mattered, don't tweet or Facebook. Not because I'm a curmudgeon, it just serves no purpose for me. This blog does what I like. Hell I even joined Google+ despite my initial urge to resist it. One of the things that irks me is when you have a perfectly functioning program (like Blogger) and they feel the need to fuck it up (like Blogger) because a 12 year-old had an idea during a wet dream. When I updated Skype recently it screwed up a lot.

Wait. I do have a point here. Somewhere. Oh, the jigsaw and water. I've recently DLed a trial version of MS Publisher. A program I last had in '95 I believe. I used it a lot back then. So I thought I would give it a try. Wow. Does it make putting together the zine much easier. I'm no longer in the kiddy pool, but over by the slide in the sandbox moving pieces around. One change does not make the other parts go bonkers.

I'm sure everyone out there knew this, but me.

 I did try the free programs out there, but didn't like them. I tried to do the newsletter in my fancy program, but didn't like it. Could never figure out the scale. Anyways, using MS Publisher should help cut down on my time producing my zine. I can spend more time coming up with ideas and polishing writing and pandering for artwork.

 It's my new toy to play with this weekend.


  1. Layout is definitely tough. Good luck with publisher!

  2. I love how you can link pages to make the text flow between sections more easily. Publisher is definitely no frills, but it works like a champ, is easy to learn and is stable.

    Keep on keeping' on!

  3. I had no idea Microsoft even made a "Publisher." I used Word for ASE1, and I'll use it again for ASE2-3. Eventually I'll have to pony up some cash for a useful layout program...

  4. Well, you're not the only one who didn't know about Publisher. Pat has confessed, and I had no idea either. I had a b*tch of a time with layout on WMLP #1, so thank you for mentioning this. I'll have to look into it.

  5. Pat and Alexey: There's a free trial version available for Publisher. 60 days, I think it is.

    Enjoy :-)