Monday, August 31, 2009

Mapping MS Word menu items from 2003 to 2007

When I migrated from MS Office 2003 to 2007, I read several tutorials to get up to speed with the new interface. But now and then I still had troubles guessing where a certain menu item could be hidden in 2007. I felt much happier when I found this interactive reference that mapped 2003 menu items to those in 2007. I still keep it at hand just in case.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Rates for freelance writers in the U.S.

Guys from Writing Assistance, Inc are offering a free estimate of hourly market rates for technical writers, instructional designers, copywriters, and designers at the U.S. job market (see the Free Publications column at WAI main page).

As I checked out the figures, I began to wonder whether the average rates are really that high (e.g. $50 to $80 per hour for a software techwriter of about my qualification). If so, what were the actual rates before the recent slump in 2008?