May Release for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1

Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.1 is set to be released in May. This is a free update for existing customers of Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. It improves compatibility with RED cameras, offering more control over RAW settings when used in conjunction with an updated RED plug-in, available in May from … [Read more...]

How to Start a Career in Technical Writing

Ivan Walsh gives some advise on how start a career in tech writing over on his site. "Technical writing has proven to be a very lucrative field in the last ten years with many contractors earning well over 100k per year. As discipline continues to gain recognition, there are increasing opportunities … [Read more...]

How much do Technical Writers earn?

How much can I make as a Technical Writer? I get asked this question by students considering moving into this field or tech writers who want to compare their earnings with their peers. To put potential career earnings into perspective, oDesk reports that freelance writing jobs, including … [Read more...]

What skills do Technical Writers need the most?

The UK recruitment site, itjobswatch.coc.uk, adds that for the 6 months to 17 April 2009, IT jobs within the UK that cited Technical Writer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. A quick glance at this list shows us the popularity of Adobe and Microsoft tools, … [Read more...]

How To Use ‘Draft Fonts’ to Open MS Word Faster

Turn on the Draft font option to load documents faster. This also improves the screen display of documents which have complex formatting and graphics. This option is available only in Normal view. To turn on the Draft font option, follow these steps:  On the View menu, click Normal.  On the … [Read more...]

Use Normal View Settings

Use Normal view instead of Print Layout view as the latter takes longer to redraw the screen and to repaginate the document. To change to Normal view, click Normal on the View menu. … [Read more...]

[How To] Turn off Automatic Spelling & Grammar Check in MS Word

By default, Word automatically checks spelling and grammar as you write your document. It displays any errors it finds as wavy and green red underlines. While they have their value, these can adversely affect your computer’s performance as they continually demand memory. To turn off automatic … [Read more...]

[How To ] Use the Background Saves Option in MS Word

By default, the Allow background saves option is turned on in Word. This allows you to continue working in Word while a document is being saved. However, this eats up system memory. If you want to conserve resources, turn off this option. To turn Allow background saves off, follow these … [Read more...]

Store Documents on Your Computer

Avoid saving files to a network or server. This is slower than working from your local hard disk and creates the possibility of losing data if the network goes down while working on the document.      … [Read more...]

Use Fewer Fonts

  Use no more than two or three fonts per document. If you use more than this, it will reduce performance, especially when you print or print preview documents. The Font and Symbol dialog box will also take longer to appear when you use additional fonts. Also, most professionally designed … [Read more...]