I’ve been dillegently working on a couple of computers, one for me and one for a client. He got a heck of a deal on a Sony Vaio P4 1300ghz for $600. The old system started to die and WinME was crapping out, so he decided to move everything to the new computer. He is pretty competent with computers, he can install software, but he needed help in moving from the old system to the new.
He also has client data for his business that needed to be moved over. Most of the stuff could be installed from the install disks, then we would copy the old program from the old system to overwrite the files on the new system. It worked on almost everything. We had to search a couple hundred directories for his digital signatures, and then we had to crop it down. The reason I trype about this is, his program has to have Adobe Acrobat Writer installed. His program acts as a frontend for Adobe, processing forms, inserting signatures all while Adobe is really processing the info and puts it in a good format.
One of my other clients works on the opposite end that this client works on and recieves his pdf files via email. This saves a lot of money, when what use to be FedEx-ed overnight can now be emailed. The files work well, they can be printed, and make life a little easier for everyone.
I’ve been working a lot lately with PDF files, everyone from ad shops to small businesses like this one. It really is the universal format. I can design an ad in InDesign and export it as a PDF and send it to a Prepress and printer. The actual file ID file and graphics are about 500mb, where this PDF is only 80mb. Small enough to be on an old Zip100 disk. Then my private clients can process forms that include digital photos, financial info, and digital signatures and send those out in a file that is less than 2mb. The Acrobat reader is free and it available for almost every operating system. I could even include QuickTime VR in an Acrobat file.