Friday, June 06, 2008

How to File RTI Applications

If the application is related to a state govt, you need to file it in the respective department. Anything related to central govt can be filed in GPO.
1. Approach the nominated information officer in the department.
2. Get the RTI form (if any) from the officer.
3. Normally the form asks five simple questions including - info requested, period for which info is requested, your name, your address & reason for requesting the information(not mandatory).
4. In case the department doesn't have any application form, submit the request on a plain paper with the above 5 information.
5. Along with the application, submit a "postal pay order" of Rs. 20. (Karnataka govt has reduced this further to Rs. 10; not sure about A.P.)
6. Take a copy of the application and have it attested by the information officer - with date of submission on it.
You should get appropriate info within a month, else you can raise the issue to Chief information commissioner.
Watch this space for all the details on Right to Information Act (RTI).

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Resolving PDF Problems!

You need to send that PDF file by close of business to your product manager/SME and the file won't just print. What do you do?

Listed here is a set of common PDF issues and solutions:

Pain: When you right-click a Microsoft Office file to convert to Adobe PDF, the application returns the message, "Missing PDFMaker files," and does not create an Adobe PDF file.

Solution: Remove Adobe PDF from the Disabled Items list in the Microsoft Office application.
To manage your Disabled Items list in a Microsoft Office application:
1. Open the Microsoft Office application (Word, Excel, Publisher).
2. Choose Help > About [the application name].
3. Click Disabled Items.
4. Select Adobe PDF from the list, and clickEnable.
5. Quit the Microsoft Office application, and then restart it.

If the error message continues to appear after you enable Adobe PDF, then check the security level for macros in Word:
1. Choose Tools > Macro > Security.
2. In the Security dialog, click the Security tab.
3. Choose Medium or High.
4. Do one of the following:
-- If you chose Medium, then click OK.
-- If you chose High, then continue with steps 5 through 7.
5. Click the Trusted Publishers tab.
6. Check Trust all installed add-ins and templates.
7. Click OK.

PDFMaker and the right-click context menu should function again.

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Pain: Images look fine in MS Word, but after converting to PDF, image quality is poor.

Solution: Save your image in JPG or TIFF format and embed the image into your Word document to publish using Adobe PDF printer. PNGs are not suitable for word to PDF conversion, TIFFS work much better. Use high quality print setting while converting to PDF. Also, standardize the resolution settings of your desktop (1024*768) and the DPI setting in your screen capture software.

Watch this space for more!

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