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Binding services for PDF files?

Anyone know of a place where you can email a PDF file and have it bound (nothing fancy - just something convenient to carry and read)?

Philo

Philo
Thursday, August 05, 2004


No, but cool idea, though.

737-800
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Kinkos?

Jason
Thursday, August 05, 2004

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Wayne
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Most of the small copy shops (Kinko's, AlphaGraphics, etc) should be able to handle this easily.

They all have 'Docutech' style copiers/printer that take digital input (PDF being probably the easiest for them to handle) - most will also bind automatically (or they'll use a manual binding system).

I've had similar things done at several shops and it's never seemed out of the ordinary for them.

My current employer has a couple high speed printers and a manual binding system that the 'administrative assistants' use to prepare bound client presentations with (200-300 pages) - your employer might have similar that you can use.

RocketJeff
Thursday, August 05, 2004

The last time I wanted something printed I emailed it to my local "Mail Boxes Etc." franchise; I'd suggest you ask a local copy shop.

Christopher Wells
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Just print it yourself and use one of those binding clips...

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/images/Products/utilityknivesandclips/2InchBinderClip.jpg 


It is easy enough to clip the pages, remove those clip handles by pressing then together and removing them from the round slots. Three clips on the spine and you are set.

But then sorry...you are from Microsoft and have money to burn so.... :-)

Code Monkey
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Kinko's has it covered.  Just go through the "Print to a FedEx Kinko's" process on Kinko's mai page:

http://www.fedex.com/us/officeprint/main/index.html

You can choose bw/color, single-sided/double-sided, paper type, binding type, whether to pick up or have delivered, etc., etc.

Herbert Sitz
Thursday, August 05, 2004

There's also http://www.mimeo.com . I've never used them so no comments on the results, but they do exist, and they'll take anything you can print, not just PDF's.

Chris Tavares
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Mimeo makes me wonder why the heck we pay $1100/month for a Xerox Docucenter.

christopher (baus.net)
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Code Monkey - almost but not quite. I've done that before. It works until you press a little too hard and the binder clips pop off.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Philo wrote:

>almost but not quite. I've done that before. It works until you press a little too hard and the binder clips pop off.

True especially if you want to lay it flat and the problem then is that once the clip pops off you cannot put it back again since the handles has been removed!

If this kind of binding is regular occurence you can always get prepunched paper from office stores or places like http://www.spiralbinding.com/selectOptions.cfm?productType=PRE%2DPUNCHED%20PAPER
and spiral bind it.  Needs some elbow grease to be sure!

Code Monkey
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Philo what kind of copy shops do you get at the Microsoft campus, or do you work from home/contractor? I have never been to the Redmond campus but I bet they have a nice operation :-)

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, August 05, 2004

I'll bet Redmond has some great printing services too. Pity I'm working from the DC Office... [grin]

I'm kinda interested in how much it costs before I just go shipping off PDF's to be bound. If it's $10 for 200 pages then I'm more likely to do it than if it's $150.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, August 05, 2004

"I'll bet Redmond has some great printing services too. Pity I'm working from the DC Office... [grin]"

I was only interested in you because I thought you worked for Microsoft in Redmond.  Now that I find out you're working in DC, it cheapens the whole darn thing.  We're through!

groupie
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Philo,

Microsoft has a really awesome printshop type place that makes really nice bound volumes - just like what you want.  Of course its in Redmond (and I gather you're geographically not there).  I'll bet you could have it mailed back to you.

hoser
Friday, August 06, 2004

Not 100% on topic, but I ran accross an on demand publisher that might be useful for some of you if need need to produce documentation or what not.

http://www2.ondemandmanuals.com/4dcgi/odmaboutusbookstore.html?18251346-8949aaa

I use Alpha5 from time to time and this is what they use for their manuals if people want an honest to goodness printed copy that is not just a pdf printed out on 8 1/2 by 11, but rather a real book.

sysadmin
Friday, August 06, 2004

Doesn't SharePoint already do that?

Smirker
Friday, August 06, 2004

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