Allegheny B&B – August 2008 Meeting Notes

For this month and September, we are in Rodef Shalom’s lovely meeting room with lots of windows and sunshine!

Here are the resources and issues we discussed during the August meeting:

Microsoft Word Technical Issue

  • How to make sure Track Changes isn’t still turned on before sending a document?
  • Simplest solution – final review of all docs before sending and make sure it’s not turned on, in other words, be responsible for each document you create and/or send by actually looking at them before sending them outside of your organization.
  • Someone mentioned there is a way to configure Word to do this before saving (sending?) a doc (Note from editor:  I can’t find anything like this, please email me if you know how this works and I’ll post it)

Free Apps to Convert Documents to PDF Format

  • PrimoPDF.com – http://www.primoPDF.com
  • PDF995.com – http://www.pdf995.com
  • PDFonline.com – http://www.pdfonline.com
  • It was also noted that one may purchase the full version of Adobe Acrobat Professional at TechSoup.org for a nominal fee.  ($45)
  • Social Networks – What Are They Good For?

    • Flickr – http://www.flickr.com, for photo albums and sharing; free account but limited # of photos and bandwidth; has nonprofit pricing if upgrade to pay monthly/professional account
    • Facebook – http://www.facebook.com, general social networking community; not too many nonprofits doing this one to date
    • MySpace – http://www.myspace.com, general social networking community; this one has caught on faster with nonprofits due to the high volume of potential Gen Y constituents on it 
    • YouTube.com – http://www.youtube.com, for sharing of videos; free account but also has nonprofit account available; group wondering why anyone would want that vs. the free account – read more about benefits at http://www.youtube.com/nonprofits.
    • Outsidein.com – http://outside.in/Pittsburgh_PA, nobody in the group had heard of this one (except Rose, who was the person asking about it); appears to be neighborhood-based social networking
    • Wetpaint.com – http://www.wetpaint.com/, another one nobody (but Rose) had heard of; appears to be a place to get free Wiki space

    Other Resources

    SAVE THE DATE – TechNow 2008 Conference – Thursday, October 30, 2008

    Next Meeting:

    Our next meeting is September 3 at Rodef Shalom in Shadyside. If anyone has any topic suggestions or any issues you’d like to discuss at the meeting, please email them to me at leonard@rmu.edu. The meeting is, as usual, from 8 am – 9:30 am.

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