Word is a typical ms product, buggy.
There are bugs in it that our support team reported in version 6 which still hadn't been fixed in the 2010 version.
Software is a very personal thing and for my assignments, the university had very stringent rules on formatting.
References had to be title in roman, author or editor in italic, publisher and year in roman. You cant set up a style for this in word, inDesign handles this in seconds.
Footnotes, end notes and citations can be done in word but require a lot of manual rework as the document changes, again inDesign handles this effortlessly.
For me, I discovered word wasn't the right tool for the job half way through my first assignment. Time spent upfront with inDesign saved me innumerable hours and minimised formatting errors over the next two years enabling me to concentrate on getting the content right.
Imagine you are giving a presentation 60 miles away.
You could cycle, it means setting off early as the journey will take longer, greater risk of puncture, arriving in a muck sweat and greater stress as the deadline approaches with the possibility of not having time to prepare yourself before your presentation.
Or you could drive in an automatic air conditioned car, spending less time traveling, arriving refreshed, relatively stress free and in comfort, with time to prepare yourself before your talk.
Word is like cycling, great for short journeys, when you want some exercise, no parking problems, when it doesn't matter what condition you arrive, when you have pleny of time or you want to admire the view. Importantly, You DON'T need a driving licence for a bike.
Its all about selecting the right tool for the journey, but being open to changing the tool when you recognise that its about to chuck it down with rain while you still have time to pedal home before you get soaked!
Edited by ukfraser, 04 July 2016 - 07:25 AM.