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Come back .pdf, all is forgiven - 1370°C

Jan. 6th, 2006

08:24 pm - Come back .pdf, all is forgiven

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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.

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From:phaedrine
Date:January 7th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
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Coffee this week sometime after working? Monday-Wednesday-Friday?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:January 7th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Monday and Wednesday i work evenings, 1-8pm, and Mondays i usually head to karaoke afterward. But Friday would be quite good.
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From:phaedrine
Date:January 9th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
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Ok, Friday, 6ish? You still want to meet at the flying star downtown, or elsewhere?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:January 9th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
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Where do you live? Downtown is a tiny bit far for me, since i'm on Central and Tramway, so somewhere slightly less the other-side-of-town would be preferable if it's not too much trouble.
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From:phaedrine
Date:January 9th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
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I'm at San Mateo and Academy, so downtown isn't the closest to me, either.

Hm, good heights coffee shop...
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:January 9th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
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We could, of course, do the Menaul or Juan Tabo Flying Stars. Not sure that i've been anywhere else good recently.
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From:phaedrine
Date:January 9th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
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Where's the one on Menual? Menual and...Louisana? That sounds pretty in-between us. I've never been to that one.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:January 9th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
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Menaul between Louisianna and Wyoming, but closer to Wyoming.
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From:phaedrine
Date:January 9th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
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Cool. See you around 6ish?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:January 9th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
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Sounds like a plan.
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