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Thesis binding [Aug. 24th, 2007|09:38 pm]
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[fire_fly]
Hi!

I know this group is really quiet, but if anyone could offer advice on this issue I'd be really grateful.

My thesis is due next Friday, and I'm trying to decide where to get it printed and bound. Around the uni there are four printing services (that I know of): Kopy Stop on Mountain street (near Broadway), Kinko's Broadway, Officeworks Glebe, and the University Copy Centre.

Anyone had particularly good or bad experiences with these places? Any recommendations?

Any advice on formatting, binding, etc. would be totally welcome too.

Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: whirlygig
2007-08-26 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hello! Here's my 2c, although since 2005 was my thesis year, it may have devalued a bit since then.

I had a bit of a bad experience with Officeworks Glebe - they had a very strict appointment system. I was still editing when it was time for me to leave, so I called them up and let them know I wouldn't make it, and they said I was on my own. Naturally, I then freaked out.

I went to Kopy Stop, and they were lovely. They printed me up one copy and made me look over it to make sure it was all right (because Word does funny things sometimes when documents move from computer to computer - save in PDF if you can) but that actually meant I caught a couple of errors, and fortunately I had time to dash off to Fisher to fix them. They wouldn't take USB keys if I remember correctly, so I gave them the initial version on CD and e-mailed them the updates from Fisher.

It cost $90 or thereabouts for three copies wire bound, and I had lots of colour pictures. It looks amazing, and they were really reassuring on one of the most stressful days of my life. I vote for Kopy Stop.

Good luck with your thesis!
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[User Picture]From: fire_fly
2007-08-27 01:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback.

It's really confusing trying to decide because everyone has such varied experiences.

Do you know how to save in PDF from a Word file? I don't have any pictures to worry about.
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[User Picture]From: whirlygig
2007-08-27 03:28 am (UTC)
Well, if you've got Adobe Acrobat, it attaches to Word and lets you convert .doc to .pdf. We used to have it at my work, but it disappeared one night.

The Access Labs might have it? Failing which, a quick google search brought up several sites that claim to convert Word documents to PDFs, such as:
http://www.pdfonline.com/
http://www.primopdf.com/
http://www.doc2pdf.net/
http://www.expresspdf.com/

I'd be inclined to err on the side of saving it in as many formats as possible. But I only had it as Word, and I managed to get mine in on time looking shiny.

If you're concerned, it might be worth ringing the printing place(s) you're considering visiting and asking what file formats they need and what media they accept. But try not to fret too much - the text is the important part, not the printing.
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[User Picture]From: fire_fly
2007-08-27 11:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for those links. I'll save them.
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