ScoreKeeper News: Volume 15 - January 23, 2007

Sending Results to Adobe® Acrobat® Files

At times it would be nice to send meet results or other ScoreKeeper reports via email. The obvious format choice is Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF), also called Acrobat files. Almost every computer in the world can read and display PDF files as can some EBook readers and phototypesetters. The big question is how to get ScoreKeeper results into that form as simply as possible.

Because ScoreKeeper is already generating the results and sending them to a printer, the easiest thing would be to have a printer driver that would create the PDF file instead of actually printing the report to paper. Fortunately, there are several products that do just that. Once installed, a new printer shows up in the list on your computer and all you have to do is select it to create the PDF document. We have two such products to recommend. The first is Acrobat Standard or Acrobat Professional. These can be purchased from many software suppliers or directly from Adobe. At Beaver Creek Software, we use Acrobat Professional to create our online manuals directly from Microsoft Word documents.

For occasional use, the Adobe solutions might be overkill and perhaps too expensive. A very nice (and yet free) solution is PrimoPDF. You can download it from their web site. It works with any software that can print and even lets you password-protect the PDF document to prevent it from being changed. You can also use the password security to prevent the document from being printed or having its contents copied.