By - CJPrinter
Had no idea Publisher was even still around.
It’s still ***very*** around in corporate environments. Although, much to my dismay, Canva is starting to become a favorite in my company. This steaming pile comes with its own unique set of fun problems.
I have seen the evidence of this.
It is becoming enough of a problem that there are "designers" in unnamed countries all over unnamed freelance sites who have never used any Adobe products, but exclusively use Canva.
I fear in a few years it may be a losing battle.
It fills a need. And it does what it does well enough to be passable for most people who don’t know better. It’s a nightmare for printers who get a randomly sized 96 dpi jpeg, with no crops or bleeds, and the client is upset about it not looking like it did on screen when they pick up their order though. LOL
None of that surprises me at all. Even when I'm dealing with other actual designers I hope for the best but assume there will be problems.
I had one where I literally sent them, a designer, InDesign templates with complete specs. I got back Illustrator files that were poorly made and incredibly bloated. Turned out they had multiple versions of the design hidden. When I turned on outline mode it was like turning on the lights in a bad apartment and seeing it filled with vermin.
I've also dealt with companies of fairly substantial size (not like some 20 person mom and pop, or some repair shop or something where you would expect certain issues), where the only copy of a file they apparently had was one that had clearly been a PDF opened and edited in Illustrator, as in not the original, so had all the usual artifacts and problems. They didn't manage or organize their files anymore than those small places and apparently had no access to the originals.
Yeah. I’ve seen an awful lot over the years too.
We’re a hospital, with nearly 20,000 employees. I had other jobs before this one, but I started here in the late nineties, when all the files were hard. We didn’t even have a computer in the shop at the time. There’s always been some form of document control committee, but until the last six years or so nobody in the upper leadership levels really cared about much anything more than regulatory issues and ***sometimes*** brand integrity. It’s ***slowly*** getting better, and issues like what I described are getting progressively less frequent. I think that’s why this one was ***such*** a shock. LOL
The longer I work and the more I hear from others, the more impressed I am that most businesses/organizations are able to get anything done at all, let alone avoid collapsing in on themselves.
Like a home inspection where they find so many issues it seems to defy physics that the house is even standing at all.