Come back .pdf, all is forgiven - 1370°C
Jan. 6th, 2006
08:24 pm - Come back .pdf, all is forgiven
I tend to complain about the .pdf format. Or rather, about the way that some people use it. By all means, make documents that aren't meant to be altered with it, and by all means, make forms that one can fill out from within the .pdf. But do not, under any circumstances, expect me to print out a copy of your .pdf form and then hand write/type on it. That's just silly. You should have used another format or learned the form-filling-out feature in Adobe or whatever.
However, today, .pdf saved my present-making hide. I'd been typing something up that's 9" wide by 6" tall, and i'm typing on it in landscape format. However, the printer i'm using has a maximum paper width of 8.5", so i can't actually feed the paper into it in the direction it needs to be printed. I thought "oh, no worries, Open Office has *got* to let me just rotate the text." But Oo's helpful Help File simply said "you can only rotate text if you typed it as an image in a text box." Eep! I was really not looking forward to going back through and re-doing 21 pages of text this way. And before you ask, no, changing the paper orientation in either (or both) printer settings or Oo only lead to the type being written the wrong way on the page; i tried every permutation.
So i hit upon a brilliant idea. Oo converts well to .pdf and .pdfs *are* images and can therefore be rotated. Success!
And on that note, i'd like to announce that the presents for everyone in Ireland will be winging their way to you on Monday. Going to send them all to endon_neu for convenience's sake, and he'll get to play Santa.
Now, i just need to finish _goodmanbrown_'s gift, get fractallaw's out in the post and you can all heave a sigh of relief that i will stop talking about Present Giving Day presents.