Editing by Zoom – a tech frontier

What is the next tech frontier for editing? Technology has affected all aspects of communication, including printing and publishing, and editing too.

Not so long ago, editors used a blue pencil to hand “mark up” changes on a paper document using proofreading symbols. With ubiquitous wordprocessing, editors now edit electronically using track changes in a Word file. This gives great flexibility to the editor and client to suggest, accept, reject or comment on changes. Pdf files can also be edited, but it takes more effort for poorer results.

Zoom for video conferencing

An emerging frontier is editing by Zoom. Zoom is cloud-based communications software for video conferencing and more. It’s free for 1 to 1 use and easy to download. Skype is similar.

Face to face communication appeals to many people, but editors are rarely co-located with clients. New tech can help.

Now Zoom-ing

I am now Zoom-ing to communicate with clients, and even edit documents using Zoom. By sharing screens, I can either see what my client is editing in real time, or I can edit and my client can watch what I do to a document as I work on it.

It can be slower, but overall more efficient, as the editor and client can see, discuss and agree on a change at the same time. It’s also a great way for clients to learn about features of Word or other software as the client can watch as I adjust styles or insert a table of contents.

Zoom editing is not ideal for all situations, but it may suit some. Keep it in mind.

To Zoom-edit your writing, please email me at rhdaniels@bigpond.com to learn more.

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