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Writing papers with lots of equations (from Equation Editor) and figures (mostly from PowerPoint), I used to end up with either pics that looked fine on screen but that printed in reverse (white became black and v.v.) or  pics showing a red cross (no matter how much memory I allocated to MSWord).
The only work around I found sofar was to cut the paper in junks of say ten pages and then to cut and paste all pictures all over again.
Do I have to live with that awkward situation or is it possible to force MSWord to use properly the available memory?
I would much appreciate any suggestions, comments and/or explanations
B.t.w., it all happens on my PPC G4 as well as on my i-Mac, both under MacOS 9.2.2

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by:weed
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Word and PPT make us all crazy. I wont even allow them on my computer anymore simply because of their inability to play nice with other apps, memory, etc etc.

Have you increased the memory via the "get info" window? Are your updates current? Versiontracker.com for the latest updates.
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by:hobo876
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The problems mentioned occurred with 48MB designated to Word.
Increasing memory to 128 MB made no difference at all, Word didnot seem to use it.
I have no option but to use Word (latest version) in order to be compatible with my PC-colleagues.
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There ARE alternatives to Word and PowerPoint that are compatible. However I'm not sure about Equation Editor.

At this point, double check ALL your settings both under word and your print settings dialogs. If that fails, reinstall word and PPT.
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Thanks for trying to help me out, but ....
I don't know of any alternative to Word and PowerPoint (EE is a stand-alone application from which equation can be exported  as Pic).
Reinstalling Word and running MS Office 2001 service relaese was the first thing I tried. Makes no difference at all.
What do you mean checking the settings under Word? I deselected all automated functions I found (formatting, spelling, you name it).
Could the problem be related to the way of importing Pics (I used to copy - special paste)?
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By using any other app (AppleWorks, BBEdit, TextEdit, SimpleText, whatever) to do your actual editing, then dropping all your required files onto maclink (which ships with the OS) you can translate any format into Word/works/whatever. The alternative to PowerPoint is Apple's Keynote which in my experience, and in every review/shootout i've ever read is far and above powerpoint. It Exports to PowerPoint format.

Yes, the problem could be related to how you're importing. If you think that could be the cause, try using import or place.
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