I'm in Philadelphia at the AIIM Expo today and tomorrow to see the latest & greatest in information management. Watch Twitter for live updates (my Twitter ID is BFTCPA), and if you're looking for AIIM tweets, visit search.twitter.com, and search for '#AIIM'.
I’m also working with a couple of groups on podcasts. One is going to be on gadgets over at TheProgressiveAccountant.com, and the other is very rough, but is going to be a round table with my friends Dr. Bob Spencer & Randy Johnston – first episode is at bitbros.com.
I’m heading to Philadelphia on Monday to attend the AIIM show again this year. I will probably be doing some live blogging and lots of twittering from the trade show floor. The AIIM Expo in Boston last year was really interesting, and although they don’t have The Barking Crab, I seem to recall a really snazzy Capital Grille there.
I’ve been using Google Reader for a while to aggregate various articles and news feeds which I follow from all around the blogosphere. Reader allows you to review content which has been aggregated from various sources, categorize it, and share the links/bookmarks with your friends. A page with my shared bookmarks, an ATOM feed of my shared marks (and today’s links) are listed below:
One of the more common things I am asked from people who are implementing a document management system is how they can include their “tick marks” in their documents. My usual responses are to look at PDFlyer or Tick, Tie & Calculate in Acrobat (or alternatively, create your own stamps), and to either use graphics or a symbol font like wingdings in Word, Excel, and everything else.
My wife and I recently started using SendOutCards to send some of her follow up correspondence as part of her work as a mortgage loan officer. One of the things you get with SendOutCards is the ability to create a custom font based on your handwriting. I have sent mine off, and am somewhat anxious about what it’s going to look like when it is complete (my handwriting really, really stinks). This effort, however, has opened my eyes to how easy it is to create your own, personalized font to do things like tick marks and other symbols. While you can purchase applications for $50 to do this, the geniuses over at LifeHacker had a great post in February which mentioned YourFonts, a web service which does this for you for free. You fill out a form, scan it, and it encodes the stuff you wrote as images in a Windows-compatible TrueType font.
If you needed to create a font for tick marks, you could simply create your own font using this tool, and instead of making the letters correctly, you could assign a tick mark to each character on your keyboard. And it’s free. You will need to share your tick mark files with anyone who would print out your documents, and will probably want to render the final versions to PDF (and embed the tick mark font in the PDF files), but if you do this, it’s a fairly elegant solution to one of the more vexing problems associated with annotating documents.