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February 17, 2010
9:49 PM
Ramesh Kumar
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This is one way of saying thanks to “Awesome” Ozzie. I am just 18 days old on this blog & she has already helped me twice!

I recollect her interest in pdf converters since she is involved with work at her University & with an NGO as well. Among other things that's why she is “Awesome Ozzie” & not just “Ozzie” for me.

http://www.cogniview.com/excel-to-pdf-converter.php is the link to this freeware. I think it is beta. Ashraf, Locutus, amnesia & davidroper rest assured there is no breach of copyright or unethical behaviour.

Salient features of this betaware:-

1)It is from Cogniview

2)Claims to be the only free excel to pdf converter that preserves your hyperlinks

3)It is opensource

4)You can embed your creative common licence in your pdf file

5) It uses the following open source projects – 

  • Redmon, a port monitor redirector (slightly patched)
  • GhostScript, used to create PDF files from the print PostScript output (with a minor addition)
  • libPNG and zlib, to display PNG images and to put license images into the document
  • XMLite, a simple XML parser by Kyung-min Cho, slightly modified
  • and SQLite, an lightweight embedded database engine to access the local license database

I never do beta testing – public or closed. Therefore I cannot comment on this app. I've tried converting excel to pdf using other apps & always come away feeling dissatified because of poor word wrapping & broken html links

Hope this app helps dottechies

RameshSmile

February 17, 2010
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Embarassed  That's truly the nicest thing anyone has said to me in a long time, Ramesh! Thank you so very much for your kind words! And thank you, too, for this link! I am looking at the video on the link page right now. I will definitely give it a try! It says it works for Excel 2007. I have 2010 beta installed, so I hope it is compatible.

Kinda spooky actually, because I was just sending off a group of Excel worksheets and wondering if there was a better way to compile them … our minds must be in synch! 

Again, thank you dear soul! You have made my day, if not my week! Laugh

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February 17, 2010
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Dang, not compatible. I'm thinking that I might bite the bullet and go back to Office 2007 (given my earlier post in the “Rant” forum about the lack of a compatible tab program). But this is a keeper – so thanks again Ramesh! I am so very grateful! 

I do love dotTech! Laugh

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February 17, 2010
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Wait, what? Why would anyone need a specialized Excel to PDF converter? I am lost.

February 17, 2010
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@Ashraf:

Why use Excel to PDF Converter, and not some other PDF conversion software? Easy and free!

Excel to PDF Converter is easy to use. Just click the button to save your PDF.

The program is free! It does not cost anything to use (free as in beer), and is also open-source, licensed under the GPL (free as in speech).

Preserve hyperlinks in Excel to PDF conversion

Most free PDF conversion utilities lose your hyperlinks during the conversion. After conversion, you end up with blue underlined text, but it is not clickable.

Excel to PDF Converter preserves your links and keeps them working in the resulting PDF file. Whether they point to a web page, or internal links to a target cell in the sheet.

Optionally embed a Creative Commons license

Excel to PDF Converter gives you the option of embedding a Creative Commons license in your PDF.

Publishing your PDF under a Creative Commons license allows colleagues, bloggers, social media sites and even newspapers to republish your work and create new content based on it as long as they clearly state that you are the creator.

This way, your work gets spread around much faster and you retain the credit for it.

You can learn more about the Creative Commons at http://www.creativecommons.org

Receive a gift for testing

As a token of appreciation, we will give $15 Amazon gift cards to 10 people who will help us test Excel to PDF Converter.

This humble thank-you gift will be given to the 10 most-helpful testers, until the end of December, 2009.

In order to help in testing, leave a comment in the announcement post on our blog.

Compatibility

Excel to PDF Converter is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7, as well as Microsoft Excel 2000, XP, 2003 and Excel 2007

And it's open source.

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February 17, 2010
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Ashraf said:Wait, what? Why would anyone need a specialized Excel to PDF converter? I am lost.


Actually, it's a good idea. I have to do a lot of spreadsheet work for budgets, data, etc. Being able to put them into PDF format afterwards is really, really handy. It's particularly handy for reporting purposes. Whack them into a PDF and send them off. If you work with a lot of different spreads and need to put them all together, you'll get how nifty it is.

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February 17, 2010
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Ashraf – one concrete real life example. An architect sends a bill to a retailer not just by spread sheet but even by converting that spread sheet to a pdf. He does that because, (hold your breath!), a businessman might find a spreadsheet daunting – due to lack of computer savviness.

How do I know this. I've seen it happen. All the subordinates (including the directors), junior to that proprietor, kept quiet simply because how do you ever tell an owner that he does not know something – including or should I say especially – excel spread sheets

That owner did not stop with that idiocy but went a step further.He could relate only to a printout. He could not even relate to a matter if it was “only” on a computer screen!

That day, among other things, I learnt that it is a “culture” & “level of comfort” & “style of working” thing. The world obviously is diverse even along these parameters apart from so many other parameters.

RameshSmile

February 17, 2010
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Ramesh Kumar said: That owner did not stop with that idiocy but went a step further.He could relate only to a printout. He could not even relate to a matter if it was “only” on a computer screen!


I think I used to work with this bloke! LOL! Laugh
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February 18, 2010
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Haven't we all?

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February 18, 2010
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Locutus said:Haven't we all?


LOL! Yep, big family that one! And apparently from the shallow end of the gene pool …

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February 18, 2010
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 Nah, just the Interwebz pool.

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February 18, 2010
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Ozzie said:

Locutus said:Haven't we all?


LOL! Yep, big family that one! And apparently from the shallow end of the gene pool …

I think it is mostly a generational thing. I don’t think I’ve met anybody under about 40 that doesn’t get spreadsheets. Then again, geeks usually only hang out with fellow geeks.

February 18, 2010
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Karen, it was terribly sad in my physics class yesterday. We did a mass V volume experement, and we had to use excel to graph the changes, and fid the density. And apart from 3 people, no-one knew how to put equations in excel. I was appaled. But the, most of theme were jocks………

February 18, 2010
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sean said:

Karen, it was terribly sad in my physics class yesterday. We did a mass V volume experement, and we had to use excel to graph the changes, and fid the density. And apart from 3 people, no-one knew how to put equations in excel. I was appaled. But the, most of theme were jocks………


I think saying they were jocks says it all. What were they doing in a physics class anyway? It can’t be a graduation requirement them.

February 18, 2010
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I mean’t, they are the jocks who are too smart for pre-voc. but it was amazing that they didn’t know how to do it.

February 18, 2010
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Here’s something else that could do the trick.

Nuance PDF Reader (a competitor to Adobe and Foxit, etc.) has a new release out that has an option to upload a PDF to their website and they convert it for you and return it. CNET gives it good reviews although I haven’t tried it myself.

Download page: http://download.cnet.com/Nuance-PDF-Reader/3000-18497_4-11281436.html?tag=mncol;txt

Review on Download blog: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10455335-12.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

February 18, 2010
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Karen said:-

“I think it is mostly a generational thing. I don't think I've met anybody under about 40 that doesn't get spreadsheets. Then again, geeks usually only hang out with fellow geeks”.

True – it also is due to lack of computerization in certain parts of the world (not in my example btw). I ran into this wonderful quotation which kind of sums up the spirit of what I am trying to say – not just for spreadsheets but even for other things. It goes like this -

I had the blues because I had no shoes;

Till I met a man who had no feet!

RameshSmile

February 18, 2010
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I wish someone could help me on this.

I tried to click on quote and reply in order to quote Karen. It kept taking me to Sean's comment instead – the one about how only 3 guys in his physics class knew how to do equations in excel.

In any case I wish to understand

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February 18, 2010
8:35 PM
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Hi SeanSmile

The equation solver guys/gals were probably using arrays. BTW I just wanted to share one thing with you. At one time I was heading a new division which had a lot of newbies who were not sufficiently excel savvy as far I was I was concerned.

These guys were number crunching using ways & means which was long winded when it need not have been. I did not have the time, energy or inclination to handhold & teach. I also wanted improved financial reporting. I did the next best thing. I asked them to buy this excellent book, read it & use it.

I really don't buy computer books because they either become obsolescent fast or are unnecessary simply because one can learn things even from savvy bloggers & savvy websites.

Since excel is great & of lifelong value (useful even in climbing the ladder or holding very senior positions) I'd like to share the name of this book which is timeless & also wow!

It is – “Favourite Excel Tips & Tricks” by John Walkenbach.  BTW John is so good & writes so simply that he is known as Mr.Spreadsheet®

This benefited me. Just wanted to share it with you.

RameshSmile

February 18, 2010
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thanks for that ramesh, i’ll have a look at it.

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