Just discovered that PrimoPDF can append documents

PrimpPDF thows you a dialog after the standard print Dialog that has a "Save As" field.

I have it set to "Ask when creating PDF"

If I choose an existing PDF file instead of giving it a unique name, I get a dialog that says, "The specified file already exists. Do you want to append to or overwrite the existing file ?" with three buttons: Append, Overwrite, and Cancel

Now ain't that jest slicker'n goose poop ?
(and I can speak from first hand experience on that -- goosie-doo all over a pier into a pond and me not looking where I was walking. Fortunately, it was summer and the water was reasonably clean and not too cold)


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Why is this exciting?

Pardon my ignorance, but why is this such a big deal?

You must be new here

If you were not, you would know.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

No snarky comments!

ygor, that was rather snarky. Newbies are just new, they are not stupid or unworthy. Dismissing someone with a comment like that is not displaying the class and style we know you have in you...somewhere.. :)

For anonymous, The reason it is helpful/useful is that one could then make a single PDF file containing all the forms that make up one's annual planner, even if they weren't originally in the same file. You could also rearrange stuff to make your own 'booklet' layout if you have the patience, then print it all at once, back-to-back.

I can't quite justify appending one page at a time for a two-page-per-day planner so you could shuffle in the notes/dated pages. However, it would be possible using this method.


I suspect, just from other

I suspect, just from other observations, that ygor is not against weird remarks made by newbies as such, but against weird remarks made by people who do not register on the site.
There are many such anonymous remarks (like the infamous Anonymous Rollabind poster), and without registration it is difficult to know the difference between a newbie and a potential spammer or a drive-by wise guy.

Just guessing. :-P

This is the only site (among the sites where I am currently a member) which allows anonymous postings of non members. That encourages more participation, but I can see how it can be a pain at times.

not a newbie, just not logged in

I was using a different computer and did not have my password with me. Since I don't use any calendar app to make pdf's I had no idea why appending a pdf would be a useful function, especially since the original comment wasn't tied back to another topic discussing the woes of not being able to append pdf's. Yes, I used to read almost daily and have been reading for a couple of years now but since my last couple of questions have generated snarky answers I tend not to ask questions any more. This comment though was just so unrelated to anything I use that I was curious.

I agree

I too was wondering why it was so good.

Personally I prefer to have all my PDFs separate :)

Please keep asking questions - if you get a snarky answer I'll help you snark back ;)

in response - not defense...

I would first direct your attention to this: How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
This has become The Standard for "How to Get Help"

I want to emphasize a bit from the Introduction:

Despite this, hackers have a reputation for meeting simple questions with what looks like hostility or arrogance. It sometimes looks like we're reflexively rude to newbies and the ignorant. But this isn't really true.

What we are, unapologetically, is hostile to people who seem to be unwilling to think or to do their own homework before asking questions. People like that are time sinks — they take without giving back, and they waste time we could have spent on another question more interesting and another person more worthy of an answer.

The first "rule" states:

Before asking a (technical) question by e-mail, or in a newsgroup, or on a website chat board, do the following:

  1. Try to find an answer by searching the archives of the forum you plan to post to.
  2. Try to find an answer by searching the Web.
  3. ...

This is "where I am coming from". I am not trying to be snarky, but this is how I respond to perceived lazyness / ignorance.

@civil - you are on target about the increased snark-factor toward the anonymous (trolling) poster. If a poster chooses not to identify themselves, well... :(

@shris - you claim I 'dissed" Anonymous. I felt dissed by that comment. Had the roles been reversed, I would say, "I do not understand. Please explain why this is important/exciting." Comes off like I want to know rather than I want to diss.

@emoore - same as above for shris. Sorry I snapped, but I feel you fired the "first shot". Can we be cool about this ? I am willing despite being a bit snarky :)
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Misunderstandings occur very

Misunderstandings occur very easily in online forums. Intent is disguised by typed words and projected moods.

I can understand both sides. :)

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Well, I don't see how my question was a "first shot" at anything except clarification as to why the software being promoted was useful in this setting. It wasn't a personal attack nor was there was any stated (or implied) criticism of the original post. It was a simple request for information as to why you thought it was useful for this forum. This is an organization forum so I don't get worked up about it very much, even when being told I was perceived as lazy/ignorant because of the way I phrased my question or because I wasn't signed in at the time. I personally don't see difference in intent between "pardon my ignorance" (my phrasing) and "I do not understand" (your phrasing). They both convey the same message, a need for additional information.