Saturday, September 15, 2007

Generational Issues With Software

Suppose you have found the transcription service you want to use but there is a problem with software compatibility. Let's say your computer came bundled with Microsoft Word 2002 and the transcription agency is working in Corel WordPerfect Office X3.

The first thing you want to do is see if the agency is willing to convert their WordPerfect files into files formatted for an older generation of Microsoft Word. This means extra work for them. It also raises the possibility that various formatting codes for tab settings, headers, footers, line justification, etc., could be altered during the translation process.

Your ultimate goal is to set up a smooth operation with your transcription service that allows for electronic file transfers with seamless editing and printing on both ends of the equation.

If you do not do a great deal of word processing in your office, it might be just as easy for you to purchase a competitive upgrade to the word-processing software used by the transcription service and install it on your computer. You can use an Internet-based search engine like Google to find a cheap OEM version of the desired software. That way, when you go to edit and/or print files, those files will be in their native environment.

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