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Old 02-14-2012, 08:44 AM   #5
Howard Allen
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This is one of my pet peeves, so I'm happy to sympathize with you. As far as I'm concerned, sending people unsolicited files in proprietary formats is just plain rude. I've had to train the board members of my club to send their various missives in .pdf format instead of .doc, .docx, .xlsx, .ppt etc., unless otherwise requested. I once sent them all .indd (InDesign) files just to prove my point: that you can't assume everyone on Earth is able to open a particular type of commercial or obscure file format, even if it happens to be freeware of some sort (likely single-platform).

If your friend is using a Mac (as I do), then he has no excuse not to send PDFs, because PDF is built right into the operating system. He can create PDFs of anything by simply clicking the "PDF" button in the Print dialog. Maybe, being a new Mac user he isn't aware of this, so you might gently suggest this to him. Any of the Mac word processors (including TextEdit--the Mac equivalent of WordPad) can also save as .doc, .txt and .rtf


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