9 mars 2004

Michael, don't get mad, get even

Another answer to another Canadian PR blogger. This time it's Michael O'Connor Clarke blogging about Abode's not being very considerate with Canadians.

Michael went Adobe's web site and found that, as far as they are concerned, Canada doesn't exist. The thing is, says Michael, Canada isn't part of the United States. Can you say "news flash?"

And here's the kicker for Adobe: the only reason I went to their site was that I was looking to purchase a full copy of Acrobat (the version that lets you produce your own PDFs). I was so tweaked by the stupidity of this tiny UI faux pas, that I shut down the browser in a fit of pique. Stuff it.

I know I'll have to pony up my US$449 eventually, but I'll be feeling even less happy about it now that I know I'm going to face a layer of insult on top of the injury to my wallet
Here's my tip to you Michael: you don't have to pony up your US$449 at all if the only thing you want is to create .pdf files.

I've been doing that for a long time using PDF995's suite of free products.

Pdf995 makes it easy and affordable to create professional-quality documents in the popular PDF file format. Its easy-to-use interface helps you to create PDF files by simply selecting the "print" command from any application. Pdf995 is a printer driver that works with any Postscript to PDF converter. The pdf995 printer driver and a free Converter are available for easy download.

PdfEdit995 offers a wealth of additional functionality, such as: combining documents into a single PDF; automatic link insertion; hierarchical bookmark insertion; PDF conversion to HTML or DOC (text only); integration with Word toolbar with automatic table of contents and link generation; autoattach to email; stationery and stamping.

Signature995 offers state-of-the-art security and encryption to protect your documents and add digital signatures
So, Michael, forget Adobe. Go get these freewares instead. (By the way, I have no take in this. It's just a resource I've been using.)

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