hear me and help me please oh knowledgable and generous members of these esteemed forums. i'll be upgrading when the revision is announced, not so much "switching" as "returning to paradise from eternal purgatory". the principle software i'll be using is the Adobe Creative Suite. now a great many idiots (mostly govt depts and various public relations firms) insist and persist with sending me Word .doc 's. is there an import filter, to get .doc 's straight into Indesign? basically, i'd like to have a microsloth free system (besides, my old copy (like 1999, when i got my G3/333 lappy) of ClarisWorks seems to do everything the current Orifice:2004 can do), but still be able to at least view the plethora of microsloth file-formats that infest my in-box. i'd prefer to just get appleworks and use that for everything i'd be tempted to use Orifice:2004 to do (or not to do, as we know who makes it.....) i run a small, weekly newspaper in Lightning Ridge, Australia (check www.wj.com.au for some of our stories, i'll update it again soon, bloody 'puter has been mostly on the blink the last two weeks). i've been advised to get FileMaker 7 as my database software (cheers MongotheGeek), will need to file editorial and advertising pix/graphics, ad's, editorial stories, page furniture at al in some sort of retrievable/ logical format. I can also see myself prising mum's (the other partner in our little enterprise) pen and invoice book from her hands and putting all the fiscal responsibility functions on the 'puter (no way am i putting such things on this leaky win'98 nightmare), so any advice there? any advice on how i can acheive such trancendence and banish the Redmond Reaper from my life would be muchly appreciated. thanx in advance for any help you can give. i'll be sure and let you knopw how it all goes....... cheers sambo.