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Research Notes 2017-8-7

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A PDF (portable document file) document allows us to share digital documents with others regardless of the software used to create that document. The publications and speaker notes posted here on SAGS Support are all PDF documents. They are readable on your desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) and on most tablets and smart phones. That’s the good news. The bad news is that a PDF document is not an editable file unless you have specialized software.

Things have gotten a lot better now thanks to Smallpdf – a web-based service offering a broad range of tools for working with PDF documents. Want to convert a PDF document to MS Word? No problem! The graphic below is what you see first when you visit the site. Click the button for the task you want and Smallpdf will walk you through the steps needed to complete the task. Yes, it really is that easy.


About those webinars . . . Have you checked the Online Events Calendar at SAGS Support? It takes advantage of Google Calendar’s sharing capability so societies, organizations and individuals can keep up with all upcoming events. These include webinars, online classes and hangouts. Here’s a sample of what the calendar looks like online.


A sample of the Online Events Calendar page showing upcoming events

Click on any event title to display the details of that event along with a link to register or participate. One important note – the calendar shows the list in Eastern time. These events are produced in many different locations and time zones. Double-check any event you want to attend to insure you have the times right.

Not sure how to participate in one of these events? No problem! September’s hands-on workshop includes a table demonstrating everything you need to know to attend and participate. Bring your tablet or smart phone and get some live practice.


Sample tag cloud

Looking for an item mentioned in a past Research Notes newsletter? Here’s the link to the Research Notes archive. From there you can scroll through all the past newsletters. If you are looking for a specific note or topic, check out the Tag Cloud in the right sidebar. Every newsletter and blog post published at SAGS Support is tagged with keywords describing the information included in that post. Click any tag and SAGS Support displays all posts containing it. You’ll notice that some tags are larger than others. Larger tags means that topic has been discussed more often.

Final Notes

Each new post published at SAGS Support is automatically emailed to member subscribers and/or delivered to their newsreader. Research Notes is published every Monday morning and other articles are posted during the week. Subscribers have the option to control how often these updates are delivered. Look down at the bottom of this message and you will find a Manage Subscriptions link in the fine print as you see in this example. Click it and you will be taken to the Subscription Management page. Use the Delivery Frequency column to change your delivery options from “Immediate” to either “Daily” or “Weekly”.

Fine Print

Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

Also down at the bottom of each delivered post is a Comment button. If you would like to comment on something discussed in a post or ask a question, just click the Comment button and you will be taken online to the comment section of the post where you can share your thoughts and read what others have shared.

To learn more, download a copy of the SAGS Support Guide.

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