My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday Madness -- Asking for Help#1

I have so many difficulties when it comes to computer related issues.  Nothing has been easy.  The computer is ok, it is doing the little fun things pertaining to blogs.  For example, it took an hour to try to get the March birthdays report posted, but it still isn't right.  I did it with a version of FTM and then RM4. After all that time, I've decided to beg for help.  This isn't my first attempt with the below project, I tried it last month too.  The report is now saved in pdf format on the desktop and in my documents folder.  But there was no way to get it on to the blog.

So, what you are seeing is a printed copy which I scanned.  There must be an easier way.

I am hoping somebody takes pity on a much older person, and offers help.  I hate to warn you, but if I get help, I may use this tactic again in the future!  Like really soon.  I've already made a new label for Instructions.
In the past, one person offered help without me asking.  So I would like to publically  thank Apple.  There are others that I asked; they are Dru, Gini and Cheryl.  Last thing, I plan on doing this report every month, and possibly for will be so tired of seeing it.  Thank you for any help.


Sharon said...

Hi Barbara, Scan it again and save as a .jpeg instead of a .pdf then insert it in your post the same way you would add a photo ;-) Hope that helps

Heather Rojo said...

Barb, I tried this from the GeneaBlogger website. You can use your Print Screen button. It's in the upper right corner of your keyboard somewhere. Mine says Prt Scr with SysRq under it. You have to press the shift key with it. Nothing beeps to indicate you've actually copied the screenshot. Then go to Paint Shop Pro and to Edit in that program's toolbar and choose Paste. The image appears, so you edit or save it. If you have some other photo-editing software (Adobe Photoshop or Elements, etc.) it should be similar to Paint Shop Pro. This saves the image like a photo, so you can then import it to your blog like a photo. Good luck with my convoluted directions!

Kathryn Doyle said...

What kind of computer do you use? Seems to me you just need to save your pdf file as a jpg. Very easily done with a Mac. (I can email you the directions.) I'm sure there is a way if you have a p.c. Let me know and I'll get you the directions!

Wendy Hawksley said...

Yes, I do wonder if you could save it as a JPG.

Another possibility is to save it as a Text or RTF file (but then it would be a list, I think), and copy and paste it into your blog.

But if you want to preserve the calendar format, then a JPG would be best!

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you Sharon, Heather, Kathryn and Wendy. With RootsMagic, I can't save in JPG, there are only 2 options, PDF or Rich-Text, and both are saved on a document and/or desktop.

Randy S. had this as a SNGF project last month, several had problems with it.

Kathryn, I have a Dell, I appreciate your offer to send instructions, but it won't be necessary.

If I find out the correct way, I'll post the instructions here. Many thanks for offering suggestions.

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

Can you send it to me via email?....I will open and resave and send it back to you in .jpg. You will then open, save on desktop (or folder) and upload.
Voila...let's see if it will work then.

Otherwise, have with a program like photoshop do it for you. You can give them a copy of the pdf file, they will save it for you in .jpg or .png, both work with Blogger. Or you can have the kinkos (wo)man do it for you (convert your file) on a flashdrive. Then, you can just upload it.

Barbara Poole said...

Kathleen, Thank you for your suggestions. I just did April, and saved it as a PDF and saved it on my desktop, then opened it, printed it and now will scan it. That could be the only way. Thanks for your offer, but I would like to do this twice a month, you don't need a pest.
I'll print out all the months, then do all scanning, etc. together, guess it won't be hard. Thanks again.

Jenna said...

Barbara, you get an "atta girl" for not letting the computer gremlins get to you! Your solution, while not your ideal choice, worked just fine!

Deborah Andrew said...

Barbara, I also have a Dell and have saved many screen shots and opened them this way.

As Heather suggested above, find the Print Screen button, it should be on the top right of the keyboard. Push it. Now you have taken a picture of the screen you want to save.

Open the Paint program that comes on the computer, it should be under accessories. Now you will paste the screen shot you just took into this program.

You will do this by pressing the Ctrl button and the v button at the same time. The screen that you just copied should show up. Now you can save this image as a jpg and upload it.

This technique will also work for the pdf. Open up the pdf, make the screen shot and paste it into the paint program as above.

You will need to make sure that the whole month is visible on the screen before you make the screen shot.

Hope this helps.

Darlene said...

My first thought is that your calendar looks fine the way it is. I guess then I realized that what your question is "to get it displayed as shown but easier (less steps)". So you have two options: 1 do what Wendy said and rtf will become a list on your blog or 2 to use the pdf without having to scan it. OK, so to go the pdf route; save it as pdf. Open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Be sure that the full page of the appropriate month is displayed (use the button that says "Click to show one page at a time"). From there, pick it up from where Heather says to use the Print Screen (Prt Scr) button.

Kathy said...

Barb and All,
I would love to know how in the windows world you can change a PDF to a JPG. I can't figure it out either.

Alice Dilts said...

I have a program called Universal Document Converter that will convert documents to different formats. I use it most of the time to convert a PDF file into a JPEG file. I used to have a link for a free version of another program that did the same thing but you could only do a few and then they wanted you to buy it so I found the one I use now.

Barbara Poole said...

Well, this is darn right embarrassing, that I didn't reply to the recent comments, I actually thought I had. Jenna, Darlene, Deborah, Kathy and Alice, I thank you all for giving me suggestions. It may take time, to try them out, but it is interesting that there are several ways, but no universal quick way to do this step, and there should be.

Michelle Goodrum said...

I came across your post while reading Apple's Tree Weekly Rewind this morning. I have had the same question. My solution was to get the PDF into a JPEG by one of the means discussed here. I keep thinking there must be an easier way but from the discussion here, that may be the easier way. I do plan on looking into the Universal Document Converter that Alice Dilts mentioned though.

Thanks for the great post! At least now I know not to waste a bunch more time on this!

Barbara Poole said...

Michelle, thank you for your comment and for now being a follower. I called FedEx today, and will write about that there will be more. Thank you again.

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

Just checking to make sure you were ok. It looks like you have a work-out...
And by the would not be a pest, I have a lovely, adorable husband home sufferin from the common cold doing that for the past few days. Poor guy.

Barbara Poole said...

Kathleen, funny. There may be a solution yet, part will be explained tomorrow (Sunday). Sorry about your husband, but let's hope you don't get it. Thanks again for your offer.

Barbara Poole said...

This is from Les Larrabee who emailed it to me.
I saw your post on copying a PDF to blogger. You could try a freeware screen capture product such as Gadwin.
You would capture a snapshot of the pdf and save it. then open in a photoviewer and crop and save as jpg. then upload to your blog. try it out (the free one). you wouldn't have to print then scan and crop. I have another one that i use (printkey 2000 v5.10)
that was also free but no longer supported. you can find sites that still offer it but I can't vouch for any. Its a shame cause you could crop it in the same program.

Thank you Les for your comment.

T.K. said...

Barbara, try this. Open your PDF and in the controls just above the page, look for the little camera. Click on it, then click and drag to select the area of the PDF page that you want to copy (pretty much the whole thing except the margins, eh?). When you release the mouse button, the selected area will turn blue. Right-click on it, select Copy. Then you can paste it into your Paint Shop Pro or whatever, and then save as .jpg.

Barbara Poole said...

T.K. I tried it and still no luck. I clicked on the camera, and get a dropdown box with 5 Acrobat options. It did work when I tried it on an already jpeg document, it turned blue. Do you have Acrobat converter by any chance? I see it cost $149 per year.
Thank you for your suggestion. Does this or any of these methods work for anybody?

T.K. said...

Aw, bummer. I didn't know it had to be a jpg image in the PDF in order to copy that way. I've used that little camera a lot--didn't realize it was all jpgs I was copying! Good to know! Someday I'll be trying it on something and wondering why it won't work all of a sudden, LOL!

GrannyPam said...

SourceForge has a PDF converter here:
This is open source software. I have not used this particular one.

For my PDF to JPG I open the PDF with Photoshop Elements, then save as jpg.

Another option is to use a great little free photo editing program, Irfanview.

You will need to install need ghostscript from Sourceforge, it is a utility which converts the PDF, get it here:

The combination of ghostscript and irfanview work very well. You just open the pdf with irfanview, it converts and loads, then you save as. It is as simple as using Elements.

Best of luck.

Barbara said...

Hi GrannyPam,
Thank you for the detailed information. I remember using irfanview years ago, and loved it. Will try it again. Thank you again.