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Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 9:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Word on the original file? You've a school aged child, it should be free to obtain.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Editing a PDF in Word is pretty painful, doesn't work reliably.

Is LibreOffice any better with your docx?

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Editing a PDF in Word is pretty painful, doesn't work reliably.

Is LibreOffice any better with your docx?


Yes, but it's not a PDF to start with.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

True

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 17 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Word on the original file? You've a school aged child, it should be free to obtain.


I didn't know that. Not sure I want to encourage the monopoly any more than I need to though.

The actual editing isn't a problem only the saving, and that would've worked if I'd used another format. Thinking about it, there was no purpose to mentioning Openoffice in the title. Sorry.
I was going to give them some feedback and tell them their form is crap, but it would be better to give them a constructive suggestion along with it.

Chez



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you edit your docx in open/libre office as a docx, you can then 'save as pdf' to send it back to them. That doesn't mess with the formatting.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

what chez sez.
tis just a matter of exporting it rather than saving/sending or sending it direct

similar things work with draw and gimp stuff as well if they get uppity when you need share them.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

much as i like bill for giving the cash to good research some of microsofts apps and os are very clunky in real world use.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you all again, but you are answering the wrong question, unless the best answer is Acrobat (which it might be).
That is my fault for asking it badly in the first place.

The question is not of how to fill in the form, but of how best to create a better form, and what format to distribute it in.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

writeable pdf

Chez



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I usually reformat the form and send it back to them as a *.docx, just as a courtesy, you understand. Not because I'm OCD.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
Thank you all again, but you are answering the wrong question, unless the best answer is Acrobat (which it might be).
That is my fault for asking it badly in the first place.

The question is not of how to fill in the form, but of how best to create a better form, and what format to distribute it in.


Is part of the job description to improve their communication? If not, it might not be the ice breaker you're after, assuming you want the job.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:
Thank you all again, but you are answering the wrong question, unless the best answer is Acrobat (which it might be).
That is my fault for asking it badly in the first place.

The question is not of how to fill in the form, but of how best to create a better form, and what format to distribute it in.


Is part of the job description to improve their communication? If not, it might not be the ice breaker you're after, assuming you want the job.

They mentioned good IT skills, but I've already given up on the job: didn't meet some of their essential requirements.
Plus I don't want it on false pretences: best they know what kind of trouble I am before they hire me.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
writeable pdf

That was my thought also. Is Acrobat the only/best option for that?

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 17 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

libre office

iirc there is an adobe free version of something for ms os that can even turn a screen shot into a writeable pdf

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