Sending PDFs

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Several of the students we sponsor have asked recently for photos. The online letter-writing tool is quite nice, though I often wish for greater flexibility -- I guess I'm accustomed to the capabilities of publishing software. As written communication becomes more electronic, I dream of being able to create a document in Publisher and save as PDF, then upload for delivery to a sponsored child.
Not sure what the tech issues are for such an idea, and I suspect they may be significant. But hey, a girl can dream :)
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Garry Sagel

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Debi, I'll be watching with interest for Compassion's response.
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hey Debi! I am not sure what the tech issues or our limitations for that idea would be either, but I can certainly pass the idea on for you :). It isn't something we are looking to change within this year, but you never know what kind of changes could come in the future. Thank you!
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Thanks, Susan. That helps me know what to do.

(The short-edge vs long-edge thing is printer-speak related to which way is right-side up when turning to the back of the page when printing double-sided. I would have used it for designing cards, but will instead create single-sided.)
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Debi, I sincerely apologize as I think I accidentally gave you some incorrect information a few days ago. If there are multiple pages, the photo pages will be double-sided. If you are uploading a card, you can preview exactly how it will be printed in the Preview section. While I am not a printing expert, I think it would be what you would call a long-edge even though it is not bound. 
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Good to know -- thanks, Susan. As I was wishing for additional card templates (in another thread) it occurred to me that, with the photo-page option available and just a bit of info about how they are printed, I have the tech capability to create cards and other such stuff on my end while y'all are focusing these days on the bigger-picture system transition. My eye for design is admittedly mediocre. But the Pinterest posters have inspired me with the things they create, and I'll bet I can mimic their brilliance to come up with something that works :)
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Okay. Another question...
It occurred to me last night that I'm sending a letter in picture format, so the system might treat it as a picture. Does this create issues in the system for getting the letters translated?
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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The system should recognize that there are words on there that need to be translated, Debi, even though you are sending it in picture form. If it happened to get hung up in translation, one of our human translators who goes through those letters to double check them could translate it for you by hand anyway. It shouldn't have that issue at all though :).
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Slight modification of the Letter Writing settings would be the easiest and fastest way to implement this idea immediately. They need to add a letter template with the photo frame size set to the size of the letter page. A sponsor can create a letter using publishing software, then convert it to *.jpg, and upload it as photo to occupy the entire page of the letter template.
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Nice idea, Debi. I admit I often send printed letters due to the flexibility of arranging any number of photos how I want to. (And also the fact that I can send along things like coloring pages for the kids.)

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