Word processors with advanced features- What are typophiles using?

jn22's picture

Having a new appreciation typestyles, I am discovering some significant limitations in my MS Works word processor. I would love to be able to change kerning and line spacing in very small increments. I can increase line spacing manually by inserting a line with no text and making its font size very small, but this is laborious, prohibitively so for large documents. Decreasing line spacing appears impossible. There must be programs out there that allow whole pages or paragraphs to be modified.

What options are there for someone wanting to do more advanced things with words on a page?

hrant's picture

You really need InDesign.

However Word (even older versions) does
provide decent control over linespacing.


Andreas Stötzner's picture

what Hrant says.

It is a common misunderstanding nowadays that MS Word (or similar app.s) are there to do typography. Though you *can* do typography with it, of course, if you accept the existence of limitations.

On the Mac, I find the humble TextEdit quite handy, for doing more simple posting layouts, blackboard-sheets and the like.

JamesM's picture

Yep, InDesign.

> I can increase line spacing manually by inserting a
> line with no text and making its font size very small...

I know it's tempting to do that sometimes, but it's very bad technique. Will cause problems if the text reflows later; you can end up with a blank line at the top of a column; and makes it extremely difficult to change the line spacing later.

Joshua Langman's picture

Somewhere in the paragraph settings of Word you can control line spacing in points. But yes, get InDesign. Word is for word processing. InDesign is for typesetting. Big difference, even though Word can produce output that superficially looks like typeset text. Hey, maybe this is a better place to throw your money. You can get Indesign for a couple hundred dollars, less than the price of some good type families, if you're eligible for the educational pricing. AND it comes with a few top-notch type families for free.

speter's picture

I use TeX whenever possible, unless I'm designing an ad.

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