PDF Creator Tools

April 2010, Number 113

Just about anyone with a computer can view a PDF (portable document format) file. Adobe Reader is free to download from the Adobe web site. Creating a PDF file requires additional software that does not necessarily come with every computer, but in addition to two common “fee” options, users can choose from several free alternatives.

Some versions of Microsoft Word permit saving a document as a PDF. Of course Adobe Acrobat software will also do the job.

Free alternatives include:

CutePDF Writer http://www.cutepdf.com – CutePDF is the free version of a commercial software. It installs as a “print subsystem” and enables virtually any Windows applications to create PDF documents. The service comes without watermarks or popup ads. It does require a PS2PDF converter, which is also free to download.

pdf995 http://www.pdf995.com – Pdf995 creates PDFs using downloadable software. Free versions will display a sponsor page in your web browser each time you run the software. To avoid this you will need to pay a fee of $9.95 for a “key.”

PDFCreator http://sourceforge.net – PDFCreator also creates PDFs from any Windows program. 86% of 7,771 reviewers give it a thumbs up.

PrimoPDF http://www.primopdf.com – PrimoPDF can create PDFs from over 300 file types including Word, Excel, and Power-Point. Interestingly, PrimoPDF also offers a free PDF to Word Converter.

DID YOU KNOW – Sometimes You Have to Pick Up the Phone

The Internet provides access to seemingly unlimited information on every conceivable topic. Whatever you need, just “Google” it. Does it really work that way? Well, sometimes yes. Often, no.

In this last month we’ve picked up the phone dozens of times to contact government experts, industry and consumer groups, company representatives, and data suppliers to ask questions and obtain information. While extremely effective, this research strategy is not without implications.

Telephoning can take time. You don’t always reach the right person on the first call, so plan for retries and callbacks before the conversation can really begin.

Telephoning is not anonymous. Most of the time placing a call like this requires the caller to identify him/herself. As a rule this presents no problem. Occasionally, however,
confidentiality is a issue.

Telephoning requires specific communication skills. Getting to the right person, asking the right questions, and thinking on your feet as the call unfolds will usually deliver the
best results. These skills come with experience and with practice.

Good research practices also call for knowing when not to pick up the phone. Some research projects are so sensitive that even a phone call can draw unwanted attention to an information quest.

For assistance in handling telephone research consider engaging a third party. Please feel free to contact Shamel Information Services with any questions about your business
information needs. http://shamelinfo.com

Notes, News, and Announcements

Quick Tip of the Month
Investopedia – http://www.investopedia.com/dictionary Forbes offers this free financial dictionary of over 7,000 terms. It is fully searchable or browsable by category.

Today the Top 10 Searched Terms are:
P/E Ration
Bo Derek (yes indeed, that’s legit)
Warren Buffett
Short Selling
Stop Loss Order

Thanks to Louis Shamel, M&A Associate for this tip.