Monthly Archives: August 2014

If You Sell Something, Record a Video to Show Us How to Use It–My CaddyTek and Golf

Peggy Duncan plays golf with CaddyTekI signed up for golf lessons this summer, and am liking it so much, I invested in new clubs, club covers, a stand bag, new shoes and, of course, new outfits. But one thing I didn’t like was struggling with my golf bag when I went to practice on the driving range. I started researching and found a highly-rated, one-click folding 4-wheel golf push cart by CaddyTek.

This thing is solid! Very well-built, and came with very detailed instructions on how to work with it.

But I had a time trying to figure out how to open and close it.

I went to my university, YouTube, looking for a how-to video, and found exactly what I needed. The video I’ve included in this post was recorded by the company that makes it. I had to laugh when I saw how easy everything was as compared to what I was doing with it.

If you’re selling something, consider explaining how to use it with video. It does the work of a thousand photos and totally replaces that booklet. What are you selling or teaching that would be so much easier for us to learn with video?

 

PEACE.

Weigh Your Luggage With This Scale Before You Travel

It’s so easy to pack beyond the 50-lb limit that airlines, trains, and buses limit you to. I’m a light packer and don’t usually worry about being over, but just in case, I ordered this portable luggage scale. I used it recently on a train trip, and this gadget matched exactly to Amtrak’s scales.

I hooked the strap through the handle of my bag and lifted it. 33 lbs.

This is an inexpensive item that will give you one less thing to worry about.

PEACE.

My Adobe Reader Form Fields are Blank When Emailed. I Found a Free Solution in FoxIt Reader

I avoid printing paperwork, and I’d always used Adobe Acrobat to fill in PDF forms using the Typewriter command. I have an old version that worked perfectly, but something happened during a product update, and I lost the Typewriter command.

Now I’m ticked, thinking that I’d have to buy a newer (and expensive) version. Went to the Adobe Website and bam! I had no idea that I could complete forms using the free Adobe Reader. I completed the form, saved it, and then opened it in my old version of Acrobat. I received an error message, and the form was blank. But when I opened it inside Reader, it appeared to be fine.

Until I emailed it to the client. The form was blank.

I researched a little on the Adobe site, and it appears that this is a common problem. My client had created an interactive form in a newer version of Acrobat than I had. The problem is apparently related to how they created the form.

After reading through comments from people with the same problem, someone mentioned the free FoxIt Reader as an alternative. I downloaded it, and the first thing I noticed was its Typewriter command! I used it to complete the form. I emailed it to the client, and it’s all good.

Signing the PDF

I’d already scanned my actual signature and saved it as a graphic. I can use it with FoxIt almost the same way I do with Adobe Acrobat (see how-to video below). Either on the Home tab, in the Protect group, choose Create Signature and upload it.

Or on the Comments tab in the Stamps group, choose to create a Custom Stamp, and upload the signature graphic. If you go from the Home tab, you’ll have an opportunity to assign a password to be able to insert the signature.

Download FoxIt here.

UPDATE: I recently had to delete some pages from a PDF. My old version of Acrobat wouldn’t allow me to because the document had interactive form fields. The free FoxIt Reader does not have this capability. I downloaded a trial version of FoxIt Standard, and under the Organize tab, I deleted the pages. I’ll purchase this software once the trial period is over. It can do everything I need for a fraction of the cost of Adobe Acrobat.

Signing a PDF in Adobe Acrobat

If you’re using Adobe Acrobat, here’s a video I recorded awhile back on how to sign PDFs and also a Word document.

PEACE.