Thursday Author Blog Hop – Software

Thursday Author Blog Hop Question 14 April 2011:
What software and applications help you write your masterpieces? What do you wish you could afford? What do you regret buying? And what ebook reader do you use? Why/why not?

I’m firmly entrenched in MSWord 2003. I finally figured out how to use most of it. I refuse to switch to 2007 until they make me. (Note – I still use XP as well.) I don’t want to waste the money when this one works just fine. Yes, I’m cheap like that. 😛 Even if I did have the money to spare on 2007, I probably still wouldn’t get it, not after all of the complaining I’ve heard. I’m waiting for all the bugs to be gone. They’ll be releasing another office by the time that happens.

I don’t think I regret buying anything that I’ve purchased for my writing career. I even plunked down a sizable amount of change to get Adobe Acrobat Standard. I definitely don’t regret that. Having the ability to create my own PDFs comes in handy.

For ebook reading, I use my computer or my smartphone. I usually read PDFs or PRCs (mobipocket). My hubby has an ipad with the popular ereader apps loaded, but I don’t use it. I’d rather play games on the ipad than use it for reading. 😛


  1. I have 2003, 2007 and 2008. 8 I don't use for writing at all, and 7 i fight with all the time, switching to save all my docs into 2003 to save. still couldn't live without it. i keep seeing names of software i've never heard before, but i doubt i would change and have to learn a new program all over. at least all versions of word have enough in common that i can figure them out. cheap, btw, has nothing to do with the comfort of familiar.

  2. I was recently forced to explore the world of Word 2007 as it came on my new lightning fast computer, and I'm finding I don't mind it. It's sort of like when I had to switch from Word Perfect to Word years ago…just try until you figure it out. 🙂 Good to see you on the Hop!

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