Friday, April 22, 2005

READERS' FEEDBACK: Cost Effective Solution for Distributing Society Newsletters
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From: Kathy
In response to converting Word documents to "PDF" files. Check out <>. I have been using the free version and am very pleased with it. I put together a CD consisting of pictures and word documents for our 40th class reunion in 2003. I used the pdf995 to convert all the Word documents to PDF so everyone could read them.

It took me a minute to locate the FREE pdf995 download at: where it states "The free versions of pdf995 products will display a sponsor page in your web browser each time you run the software. If you would prefer not to see sponsor pages, you may upgrade by obtaining a key at any time for $9.95." Sounds interesting. I assume that if you could place the .pdf files on a CD, that they could also be placed on a website, as I am planning to do with our society's newsletter. -- Myrt :)

From: Lee Anders
DearMYRTLE,I've been using CutePDF for several months now and love it. The best part is it's free! <>
It would appear that the program does indeed "Create PDF documents on the fly — for free. Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a push of a button! Free for personal and commercial use! No watermarks! No Popup Web Ads!"

This is also an interesting alternative. I shall look into this one as well. By next fall, I should have enough experience with these two to compare it with my old standby - Neevia's docuPrinter LT ($19) <>

From: Dittmar, Frederick M.
DearMYRTLE,Greetings again from Oklahoma. [...] To play the Devil's Advocate on the Blog and Society Newsletters. What about the 20% of the members that don't have a computer? How do you get the messages out to them? Some people are plugged in yet some are still kicking and screaming.

Back in 1989 when I moved to Bradenton, Florida the Manasota Genealogical Society had only three members with computers. We were really considered out in left field back then. There is now only one member who does not have an internet connection at home. That person volunteers at the library, and has a friend who prints out genealogy mailing list messages of interest to her. The library will print out one copy of our newsletter for their shelves, so I am certain that indivdual can read the newsletter during her volunteer "genie" shift each week.

I rather favor the thought expressed by Family Chronicle Magazine publisher Halvor Mooreshead who said we all must start doing genealogy on the internet. See "THE INTERNET IS THE WAY TO START" <>
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

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