There may be many reasons for considering a web site for your business - your competitors already
have one, or it seems like everyone else already has one, or you think it's neat to be able to give
out your "www.heyihaveawebsite.com" web address, or maybe you read in some trade magazine that
it's the easy way to "increase sales" or "lower costs."
But don't you think that, if a web site is the solution, shouldn't you be able to identify the
problem first? At PCV Software, we use our
26 years of experience in solving business problems with information technology to examine
the nature of your business, the demands of your market, and the goals of your business plan to
formulate a web solution specific to your business.
Need some back-end programs to process all that new business you're going to create with your
web site? How about some help in designing your complete business solution, including local or wide-area
networks? We can provide additional programming and network solutions on virtually any hardware or software
platform. Our successful projects demonstrate the wide range of technology
and market situations that have helped form our core competencies.
Finally, if you are new to the Internet, this site incorporates a number of web
technologies and techniques that could be used for your web site. After all, wouldn't you want your
web site developer to be able to do "whatever is required" to make your site successful?
Using PDF For Your Online Documents
PDF stands for Portable Document Format, a scheme for encoding documents that include both text and graphic
images. While the HTML that is used for web pages also handles both text and graphic images, the document author
has less control over how their document actually appears in the browser, because presentation of the content is
done by whatever browser the user happens to have. With many browsers, operating systems and display devices in
the market, it is almost impossible for the web developer to completely control such things as text width, font,
line breaks, etc.
However, because Adobe has made the use of their document reader, Adobe Acrobat, free to everyone, it is widely
available on the end-user systems. By using the Adobe Acrobat format, PDF, a document author can strictly control
how the document will look, even when displayed in a browser, because almost all browsers will have the Adobe
Acrobat Reader plugin for the browser to use to render the content. Sites which provide PDF documents will normally
also include a link to the Adobe site so
that the Reader program and plugin can be downloaded.
Creating PDF documents normally requires the full Adobe Acrobat product. However, there are several ways to create
PDF documents without this expensive solution if you only need to convert a few existing documents that are in another
computer-generated format, such as Microsoft Word. On the Web, there's PDF995
and PDF Online, both of which offer a free conversion service. Also,
many word processing programs can save documents in the PDF format, so check the one you're using to see if it has that
capability (probably under a "File -> Save As" menu item). In this way, things such as spec sheets and marketing
brochures can be placed on the web site and viewed (and printed) in exactly the same layout as the hardcopy document.
Are you a charitable or religious organization? PCV Software enjoys doing pro bono work for these
organizations as a way to give back to the community, and to help those who help others. Use our
"Contact Us" page to let us know how we can help.