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25 August 2008 @ 09:10 am
Damn you, Google Docs!  
So, since I work on my novel from multiple computers (work, home and now the laptop), I've been using Google Docs as my word processor. It's easier for than having to remember to email files back and forth or carrying around a portable drive. And while Google Docs has always been really irritating with its formatting quirks, I was more or less used to it until this weekend when it decided to erase any and all formatting that I had managed to sneak in by transferring files into it from Word (while adding some bizarre other formatting like crazy random line breaks). I don't ask for a lot, just automatic first line indents. Is that so much to ask from an online word processor?

Apparently it is.

So, I spent pretty much all the time I would have spent writing this weekend reformatting all my files and transferring them to Zoho, which has similar formatting limitations (to get my automatic indents, I have to transfer text over from Word), but which seems (so far) to be significantly less irritating and at the least hasn't had a chance to really betray me yet.

Listening to: Romeo Void - "Flashflood"
doNUT!donutgirl on August 25th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
I use google docs for many things but it always rejected my novel files as too big. Have they upped the allowed size?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: typing monkeyassmonkeydiary on August 25th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'm actually not sure. I have my novel broken into small sections/files just for my own reason so I haven't really had to test it's maximum length.
fridgemagnetfridgemagnet on August 25th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
No no no, you don't want to be faffing about with first line indents. Good lord man, write first, format later. I quite appreciate Google Docs' inconsistent behaviour because it keeps me on the straight and narrow.

Zoho is, though, a significantly better product I think if you want a full-fat word processor. Google Docs is really online Wordpad.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: typing monkeyassmonkeydiary on August 25th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Without firstline indents, it all runs together and my mind can't process it.
traballenguastraballenguas on August 27th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
Interesting. I have been interested in trying ZoHo for a while now, but I didn't because it just felt like a hassle to have everything spread out across tons of sites. I used Google Docs for the same reason you do - automatic backups and access from everywhere when I have time to write.

How does ZoHo handle Word files? I would like to use GDocs for some of my translation jobs, too, but it messes up the formatting so badly it has never been workable. I have been waiting for compatibility to improve, but it has been a long wait.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on August 27th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
So far so good. Zoho's been holding onto all of the formatting from my Word files.
traballenguastraballenguas on August 27th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I sense a test in my future. Thanks!