I have been using ‘Adobe Acrobat‘ for decades — since the mid 1990s!
I have never really got to like it. I think of ‘Acrobat’ as a pain.
I have had ‘Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro’ since about 2009. I am OK with it. It does what I need.
But, ‘Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro‘ is NOT supposed to work with ‘Windows 10’ & the next PC I get will have to have ’10’. 7 no longer gets security updates.
The latest Acrobat prices are CRAZY. Yes, I can afford to get it, BUT it feels like exploitation — especially given my limited need & use of Acrobat.
So, I am going to give ‘PhantomPDF‘ a try.
Yes, of course, I will keep YOU posted. Cheers.
That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.
But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.
That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.
But, I resisted OneDrive.
But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.
So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,
Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.
When we started homeschooling Teischan in April 2018 I got her a refurbished Lenovo W510 PC running Windows 10. We got her set up with her own account and all seemed OK at first. Then she kept on telling me that Microsoft wanted a parent to verify her age. But, she had found a way to get around that by repeatedly restarting the PC till the message went away. It wasn’t every day, but it was quite often.
Well, it happened again this morning. Except this time she was having trouble getting past the message. So, I told her that I will login and do the needful. Little did I realize that it was the most obnoxious, vile, HATEFUL & degrading process I have ever endured. Microsoft acts like the bloody Gestapo! I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really HATE BLOODY Microsoft. The most horrible, dreadful company in the whole World.
I knew I would have to sign in. So, I had to first find my password.
It says it wants to charge $0.50 to a CREDIT CARD and that it would RETAIN the credit card information. Jesus wept.
I thought it was a scam. Had to Google it. Called wife and told her to check too just to make sure that I wasn’t delusional. Nope, not delusional. Just bloody Microsoft.
So, I grudgingly and with great trepidation give it a credit card number.
No, it still isn’t satisfied. Now it wants to do a txt/call verification with a CODE.
And in case you are thinking …. this applies to accounts where YOU make the mistake of saying that the owner is less than 13. Do NOT do that. Always put in a birthday that makes the user more than 35 — just to be on the SAFE SIDE.
Though we are now homeschooling Teischan, I like her to take the same NWEA Testing, at year end, as she would have taken at school. That way there is never any misunderstandings, with anyone, as to whether she completed the year or did the appropriate testing.
One challenge of homeschooling is finding test preparation material — especially online and with automated, self-assessment.
I stumbled upon ‘prepdog.org’ this weekend and was delighted. It has a fair amount of tests and automated scoring — PROVIDED that you use Chrome. We found that out to our costs this morning. Teischan, on a Windows 10 PC uses Internet Explorer. She was NOT getting the scores. I tried it on an Android Tablet and on one of my PCs and I would get the results, each time, with no problem. Then it dawned on me. Chrome. Downloaded and installed it, BINGO. Everything works.
So a heads up.