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  1. Hi Friends,
    Word 97 recently stopped working for me. I had been creating my posts in Word 97 and then copying and pasting them in the new post feature of WordPress.com to then be published on Second Chance to Live. I down loaded and was using Open Office 2.3, but I have found that Open office 2.3 does not format like Word 97. As a result, when I copied from Open Office 2.3 and pasted the post in the new post window of Word Press to then be published on Second Chance to Live I have been experiencing spacing problems -- gaps between the paragraphs. As a result I have been looking for an alternative to Open Office 2.3. A friend recently recommended Blog Desk as an alternative. I recently downloaded the program and have done reading on the features and usability. I did not get the answers from my reading and research in the help section in Blog Desk. Consequently, I need some clarity. I really only want to use blog desk as a word processor to copy and paste from / to WordPress and publish in Second Chance to Live.

    My question is as follows. (By the way I looked in the faq section and could not find the answer) Can I use blog desk exclusively as a Word Processor as described above, without Blog Desk getting involved in the publishing of my posts on Word Press? If so, how can I disable the other features on Blog Desk, so those features will not attempt to publish my posts?

    Thank you for your time and kindness.

    Craig

  2. First of all, it's a bad idea to copy/paste from any word processor, including Word and OpenOffice. You don't have to have BlogDesk publish your blog for you, but once you get it set up, it's one click to publish to wp.com.

    I'll have to boot back to Windows to walk you through getting BlogDesk setup. You can email me at [email redacted] when you are ready. Be aware I'm in Asia, so I'm probably a good 12 hours ahead of you. If it would help I can give you one of my IM screen names so we can do it in real time. I just need to know when because I don't regularly run Windows.

  3. I suggest Window's Live Writer.

    It is the Bomb Diggity!

    http://writer.live.com/

    It's more fun that running naked though a cotton field at 4:00 A.M.

    (Not that I've ever done this....but...)

  4. exoseright...why do you prefer Window's Live writer over Blog Desk? Please site specific details as I am in the process of deciding which to use... Live writer or Blog Desk. Bottom line is that I do not want to have my material on any other server than WordPress's servers.

    Katm...why do you believe that it is a bad idea to copy/paste from any word processor?

    side bar: The reason why I do not like Open office 2.3, other than the formatting problems is that Open Office 2.3 seems to be a resource hog. Once I downloaded and began using Open Office 2.3 my processes slooooooooooooowwwwwwwweeeeeeeeddddd down tremendously. Consequently, I want to replace open office 2.3 with a word processor that is not going to slow down my computer.

    One other question, Since I downloaded open office 2,3 all my word 97 files have been converted over to open office format. In the event that I uninstall Open Office 2.3 and start using another word processor, will that new word processor convert my files to their format? The reason I ask is that I have noticed that after uninstalling Open Office 2.3 and when I attempted to open files that had been converted into Open Office 2.3 format, I was told that windows could not open the files.

    Thank you for your time and kindness my friends.

    Craig

  5. Can anyone else help me, please?

    Thank you.

    Craig

  6. Craig,

    Copy/paste from any word processor that does formatting is going to insert a lot of additional code that can and probably will screw up things in your blog.

    If you have an older computer, yes, I can see the current version of OpenOffice slowing things down. I'm assuming you do have an older computer based on the age of Office 97. You might be better off getting someone to help you figure out why Office 97 no longer works for you.

    OpenOffice will save as .doc (the Microsoft format), you just have to tell it to do that when you save a file.

    Here's what I think might be a good course of action for you. Find Notepad in your version of Windows. No need to download anything else. Write your blog entries in there. You won't have any formatting options. It's just plain text. Copy and paste into the Visual Editor here at wordpress. Use that editor to format your posts. It will work much in the same way that Word worked for you minus the risk.

    I left my email address above. Please let me know if there is any other way I can help you.

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