instead of using word, could you use another program to save and print from, like maybe indesign, place type and images, and indesign has a lot of great type features like justification tables (helps get rid of rivers)…export as a pdf, and the print outs should be fine, or maybe illustrator, if you have that, copy and past type, into a type box and then just layout the images and everything how you would like and then export as pdf, or if printing from home just file print. agreed, that your images at 300dpi will be good, alot of times images are 72 dpi or 150 and this is fine for screen, but doesnt come out really clean for print work.
When I have dropped images into Word they display and print just fine, in most resolutions (within resonable limits, of course). For serious document creation, I’d use a different program with better features as mentioned previously.
I’ll take a look and see if there is some setting that affects images, but to my knowledge there are no options for this.
I would actually like to avoid word if possible- what seems to be happening is that the images get converted upon save to some weird word default format with low res- I don’t get it. They don’t look that great on screen afterwards either, though they are fine before placing into word.
Will check out Indesign, sounds like just what I need. Tried Illustrator but length of document and large amount of text made this kind of a mess for editing, formating, footnotes, etc.
I wouldn’t recommend bringing in raster based images into Illustrator. Your files will be huge. InDesign sounds like the best page layout application for you since you seem to be familiar with adobe products… and quark sucks.
You got the illustrator thing right… indesign is a great solution
Successfully imported my word doc into indesign- took a little doing with the autoflow thing, but worked out great after that. Replacing all images with fresh. So far so good- just need to figure out how to do footnotes…