Allow CV in ODT format, please
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Feb 5, 2009

G'day everyone

As I was updating my profile with my latest details, I tried to upload my résumé in OpenDocument Text format, but I got an error message saying that ProZ.com only allows résumés in txt, doc, docx, rtf and pdf. How silly, I believe. Surely OpenOffice.org's Writer files (ODT) should also be allowed?

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Samuel


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Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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Why not PDF? Feb 5, 2009

Hi Samuel,

why don't you upload a PDF profile (write-protected!) instead of a ODT CV?

Best,
Aniello


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By that reasoning, why DOC and DOCX? Feb 5, 2009

Aniello Scognamiglio wrote:
Why don't you upload a PDF profile (write-protected!) instead of a ODT CV?


By that reasoning, why allow résumés in DOC and DOCX at all?


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Good idea Feb 5, 2009

Thanks Samuel for the suggestion. I will ask that ODT be added to the list of accepted files for CVs.

Best regards,

Jared


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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There is no such an animal as "protected PDF" Feb 5, 2009

Just Google "unprotect PDF" - 123,000 hits. And I can testify that this kind of soft really works - we too often receive for translation PDFs for which only viewing on screen is allowed and the client has not the slightest idea about the password or who protected that file...

Uldis

Aniello Scognamiglio wrote:
why don't you upload a PDF profile (write-protected!)


[Rediģēts plkst. 2009-02-05 17:18 GMT]


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Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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prevent from editing Feb 5, 2009

Uldis Liepkalns wrote:

Just Google "unprotect PDF" - 123,000 hits. And I can testify that this kind of soft really works - we too often receive for translation PDFs for which only viewing on screen is allowed and the client has not the slightest idea about the password or who protected that file...



Strictly speaking, you are right. I was thinking about the "read-only" feature.
I know that, you can't really "write protect" a document without going into Windows' security features (the Read Only attribute is no real protection), but you can prevent someone from editing it. That's what I meant. (It can still be deleted or overwritten, though.)


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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No Feb 5, 2009

any unprotected PDF can also be edited. But yes, you need Full Acrobat or like program for that.

Uldis

Aniello Scognamiglio wrote:
you can't really "write protect" a document without going into Windows' security features (the Read Only attribute is no real protection), but you can prevent someone from editing it. That's what I meant. (It can still be deleted or overwritten, though.)


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Protecting the data Feb 5, 2009

If Samuel wants to upload his info as ODT, I doubt that protection against editing is high on his list of priorities. However, he might want to consider PDF anyway to increase the chance that someone may view the information as he would like it presented. There are probably many who wouldn't know what to do with a ODT document if they were bitten by it.

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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Convert your ODT to PDF? Feb 5, 2009

Samuel Murray wrote:

G'day everyone

As I was updating my profile with my latest details, I tried to upload my résumé in OpenDocument Text format, but I got an error message saying that ProZ.com only allows résumés in txt, doc, docx, rtf and pdf. How silly, I believe. Surely OpenOffice.org's Writer files (ODT) should also be allowed?

Your comments?

Samuel


Hi Samuel,
is there any reason you prefer not to convert/export your ODT into a PDF by using the specific function offered by OO?

Laurent K.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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It sends a message Feb 5, 2009

ScottishWildCat wrote:
Is there any reason you prefer not to convert/export your ODT into a PDF by using the specific function offered by OO?


Making a certain version of one's résumé available (or not doing it) sends a certain message.


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esperantisto  Identity Verified
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I second Samuel’s suggestion Feb 5, 2009

ODF is an international standard, inter alia.

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Vito Smolej
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Big deal... Feb 5, 2009

esperantisto wrote:

ODF is an international standard, inter alia.


I would hate to see somebody meddle with the information in the file (standard file format or not, this applies to DOC and DOCX as well of course), So my choice in any case is a PDF file with my stamp on it. Which is just one single step for a ODT.

Regards

Vito
PS: Samuel Murray, Netherlands (!?) : Multatuli coming home for holidays?




[Edited at 2009-02-05 20:50 GMT]


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Aniello Scognamiglio  Identity Verified
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Spot on! Feb 5, 2009

Vito Smolej wrote:

I would hate to see somebody meddle with the information in the file (standard file format or not, this applies to DOC and DOCX as well of course), So my choice in any case is a PDF file with my stamp on it. Which is just one single step for a ODT.



Exactly. A Portable Document Format (PDF) file is the best choice.


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If anyone meddles with my résumé Feb 5, 2009

Vito Smolej wrote:
I would hate to see somebody meddle with the information in the file. So my choice in any case is a PDF file with my stamp on it.


Okay, what am I missing? My résumé contains information about me and the services I offer. It serves as an introduction or a convenient summary. If anyone should download it and change it, they do so to their own detriment, no? So what if someone can change the information in it -- it won't change who I am and what I do.

PS: Samuel Murray, Netherlands (!?) : Multatuli coming home for holidays?


I'm not sure what you mean? I'm from ZA but am in the process of emigrating.


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Vito Smolej
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replying Feb 5, 2009

Samuel Murray wrote:
Okay, what am I missing?

The fact the file is authorized by its author and it stays authorized (the difference between falsified and genuine banknotes is a good example for the difference). From mz personal point of view, its the assuring feeling, the contents will stay the same, whatever hands the file wiill go through.

PS: Samuel Murray, Netherlands (!?) : Multatuli coming home for holidays?

It was sort of a "Hey Samuel, you moving?!" exclamation. I appologize, and welcome you to Good ol' Europe.

[Edited at 2009-02-05 21:32 GMT]


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