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Gloria Butner December 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hi Davina, I really like your website. I would like to try Professional Proofreading. Do you use microsoft Word to download, proofread and email the product back, or is Acrobat use in there also-I’m confused. Does anyone still use the old proofreading marks for anything-should I still learn them. Thanks so much for your time. GB

Davina December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Hi Gloria.

Thank you!

With regards to MS Word vs Acrobat, it generally depends on the client. For larger documents, such as books or proposals, you will typically proofread in the MS Word document, using track changes so the client can review your recommendations.

Once the Word document is finalized, the copy goes into layout. Depending on the client’s budget, you may receive the project again for proofing after the project has been designed/laid out. At that point, they will save the layout as a PDF and email it to you. That is when you will need the full version of Adobe Acrobat.

If you are working as an independent proofreader, I don’t believe it is necessary to learn the traditional proofreading marks. They are generally used (or used to be used) by editors in publishing houses while they are marking their edits on the printed version of a manuscript, as opposed to an electronic file. The traditional proofreading marks do not come into play when you are using track changes in Word, or marking up a PDF document.

Hope that helps. All the best to you in your goal to become a professional proofreader!

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