William H. Magill on 20 May 2005 02:15:20 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Mac client, Linux server(s)

On 19 May, 2005, at 09:11, gyoza@comcast.net wrote:
Art Alexion wrote:

One of Word's dirty little secrets is that a file created on one windows
computer will not even look the same on another windows computer
depending on screen resolution, fonts installed, "Style" definitions,
and the arcane settings in "Tools|Options|Compatibility". That,
combined with the ability to hide viruses in Word docs, make it mind
boggling that people email documents primarily intended to be read or
printed (not edited) in word rather than PDFs or just HTML mail.

Since not everyone has the (free) software to create a PDF, I think it would make sense if people shared read-only documents in Postscript. HTML is good, too, but it depends on local fonts and screen size.

Actually, anyone who has a Mac running OS X (any version) does have Free PDF creating software,
it's built in as part of the OS printer "framework."

One merely selects the "Save as PDF" option from the "print" command dialog box.
Under Tiger, you now have more options to save it as a postscript file as well. There are also other "fun options" like a fax-PDF (whatever that is) and an encrypted-PDF.

T.T.F.N. William H. Magill # Beige G3 [Rev A motherboard - 300 MHz 768 Meg] OS X 10.2.8 # Flat-panel iMac (2.1) [800MHz - Super Drive - 768 Meg] OS X 10.3.8 # PWS433a [Alpha 21164 Rev 7.2 (EV56)- 64 Meg] Tru64 5.1a # XP1000 [Alpha 21264-3 (EV6) - 256 meg] FreeBSD 5.3 # XP1000 [Alpha 21264-A (EV 6.7) - 384 meg] FreeBSD 5.3 magill@mcgillsociety.org magill@acm.org magill@mac.com whmagill@gmail.com

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