Word in the Cloud with Pages
What is your word processor of choice?
The going thing is Word. .doc and .docx are its formats.
Then you have Google Docs (storing with Google Drive), Open Office, Word Perfect, Pages and the list goes on. Most of these are free to use online, or have an extended service for more features on the PC, and in app. Most can link to a complimentary cloud of some sort, or connect to existing cloud services.
Recently, I believe taking a page from Google and it's Docs platform, Microsoft put a free version of Word online up on the web, and the app on mobile is free as well.
You can also save your documents in the cloud with the limited free One Drive storage. Of course there are limits that paying for a subscription will do away with, but if you’re just using it as a word processor, you will be fine.
All the fonts you know and love are included, and not some different-named-similar-looking fonts so as not to not be sued.
Then there are the other word processors like Scribner which help you map out documents--mostly aimed at novel creation. Many swear by it.
I prefer Word.
Plus with the recent updates and services added, it really helps a lot. As I said before, I really believe Microsoft did this to compete directly with Google and it's online platform.
Add to the fact that you can integrate One Drive with your Windows Explorer on your PC (look to see how far back, because older versions of Windows may not be compatible) and you can just drag and drop items into that folder and it automatically syncs with the cloud.
Plus, when you update files on your phone, then open your laptop or desktop later, those files automatically synchronize with the folder.
Personally, I use the cloud for my short stories. But my novels I keep offline. I will keep a couple chapters I’m working on in the cloud, but pull them off once done.
This may change, but that’s the method I use for now.
What suite do you use? Word? Docs? Open Office? Other?
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