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I am so frustrated by word processors today. I do not want/cannot really afford to spend $300 to get a copy of Microsoft Word. But there are a few formatting standards that I have to be able to maintain to submit stories out. OpenOffice fails at maintaining formatting when saving to RTF, as I accidentally and very unhappily discovered recently. Note to self: always open back up that file you just saved to see what it looks like, m'kay? OpenOffice only saves double-spacing in the first paragraph, not the rest of the document. It will also bold or italicize an entire paragraph if there's a small section of that paragraph that should be bolded or italicized. AbiWord, another free word processor, can open OpenOffice docs and save them in RTF, preserving the line spacing and emphasis. Woo-hoo! But it can't preserve headers. However, if you delete out the headers before you open it in AbiWord and then add the headers in, everything's fine. But, if you then open up the RTF version in OpenOffice or Word, it puts the headers in on the first page too.

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

However, the RTF version saved in AbiWord still looks much, much better than the one saved in OpenOffice. So that's what I'll stick with.

And I've been sending out submissions that look like that. ::wails in despair::
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