How To Manage Your Next Super Bowl Pool With 5 Everyday Office Tools

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Super Bowl Sunday. Two teams. One winner. An entire season of playoffs leading up to one championship game. Who do you have pegged to win?

If you’re a football fan, chances are that your choice is already locked down in an office pool. After all, nothing adds excitement to a game like a small pool among you and your colleagues—especially when you win and get all the bragging rights!

That’s the fun part. But if you’ve ever managed a pool yourself, then you’ll know that as fun as it can be, it can also be stressful. From trying to get your football squares filled to updating your bracket sheets, every pool manager hustles to get everything organized and recorded properly.

Don’t worry if things didn’t go smoothly this year.  We found that no matter what kind of pool you’re running, there are a few tricks that can make things go easier.  So while the Super Bowl marks the beginning of the end of tracking sheets and football statistics (at least for a while), we thought a short list of tips and tools would go a long way to helping you with your next football pool. Check them out.

Use Excel Templates

First thing’s first–did you create your Super Bowl sheets from scratch? If so, you should re-consider. Save yourself the time and effort next time by using a template.

You can get a variety of templates for any pooling options you and your workmates set up. Even better, you can find templates with formulas and functions pre-set so that calculating details like scores is just a matter of entering your data.  A simple search online can dig up a number of downloadable super bowl squares excel templates and tracking sheets for free.

Share your Football Squares On GoogleDocs

Whether it was your first time handling the project or if you’re a seasoned pro, you probably had a tough time filling all your football squares once the most popular numbers for super bowl squares were taken. To help combat that lull in interest, try distributing and sharing them publicly. Doing so will help spread the word around the office.

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You can easily upload it to a cloud server like Google Docs and then simply add a person’s email address to share it. To keep others from modifying your bracket sheet, set up file permissions allowing only others to view the available squares while you alone can update and lock in everyone’s picks as more people join.

Keep Everything In Excel Worksheets

In any pool, you’ll want to keep track of everything involved with the game—statistics, players and standings, so you can report the calculated results to your pool members.  To make this task easier, keep track of everything in a separate worksheet within the same workbook as your pool tracking sheet.

This may seem obvious, but it’s the most overlooked yet effective way to keep others updated on statistics during the game. You can easily use an Excel formula, a macro or a function to automatically calculate points earned, highlight player data or tally up the standings.  Thus, if anyone in the pool needs to check in on how their picks are doing, they can find the updated details organized alongside the tracking spreadsheet.

Use A Microsoft PowerPoint Template

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Now we all have our own preferences when it comes to getting things done, and if Excel isn’t your thing, don’t waste time trying to struggle with it. Instead, consider using another format like PowerPoint. Free-PowerPoint-Templates.com has a quick tutorial on how to make a football squares template within PowerPoint. It shows you how to achieve the same goal and set up without all the formulas.  Simple.

Finalize Your Pool In PDF Format

Among the many important tasks to carry out, having the pool set in stone is key. Once you have all you Super Bowl squares set, for instance, the next thing is to ensure that those squares don’t get altered when they’re distributed.

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The most convenient way is to create PDF files of your sheet. It’s a great way to keep yourself accountable and to secure your co-workers’ picks until the end of the game. Able2Extract can do this easily from MS Excel (or PowerPoint) with all the PDF creation and security features needed.

So are you ready for Super Bowl weekend?  Share your office pool tips and tricks in the comments!

Merry Christmas From Investintech.com

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Christmas is finally here and we just wanted to wish everyone of our customers, followers and supporters a Merry Christmas!

Whether you’re at a huge get together with the entire family, on vacation in a tropical hotspot or cozy and warm at home with a loved one—no matter how you celebrate it, we hope you all have a safe and happy holiday this year!
Cheers,
The Investintech Team

Investintech Says Goodbye To Able2Doc PDF to Word Converter & Sonic PDF Creator

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We have some sad news for all our Investintech users. It was a hard decision, but after a lot of careful consideration, we’ve decided to discontinue both Able2Doc PDF to Word Converter and Sonic PDF Creator.

Both these products have been with us since the very early days of Investintech.com, and we’re sorry to see them go.  However, we believe in providing our users with products that add value to a workflow which includes being able to work with PDF documents without having to resort to more than one product.

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You may have noticed that our PDF to Word conversion and PDF creation technology have already been integrated with Able2Extract PDF Converter.  Because of this, you can benefit from an even better, more enhanced user experience. PDF conversion and PDF creation are now both within a few clicks of each other.

What Does This Mean For Existing Users?

Unfortunately, because we’re phasing these products out, we will no longer be offering any customer or technical support for them. Thus, we’ll be offering a highly discounted Able2Doc upgrade to Able2Extract 9 for $29.95 USD  (to Standard version) and $49.50 USD (to Professional version).

With this discount, you’ll not only get the PDF to Word conversion and PDF creation features you’re used to, but also the added functionalities that come with Able2Extract–PDF conversion to more than 10 formats, PDF page editing, advanced PDF creation options, custom PDF to Excel conversion, and more.

We’ll be pulling out Able2Doc and Sonic every now and again for exclusive one-time giveaways. So you’ll still be able to catch the software around in the future every now and again.

To give  Able2Extract 9 a try, you can download a 7-day free trial here.

 

Introducing The All New Able2Extract 9 With PDF Creation!

Today, we’re excited to announce that we just released Able2Extract 9.0! Our flagship PDF converter has undergone some major changes in this version which we know you’ll love.

These changes go beyond what you’d consider an average product upgrade.  This is because in addition to general PDF conversion improvements, Able2Extract 9 now comes with the ability to create  and edit PDF documents!

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Our developers have worked hard to turn Able2Extract 9 into a complete PDF solution package. And with our in-house PDF creation technology baked directly into Able2Extract, the PDF converter can accomplish a whole new set of PDF tasks from creating PDFs to editing your PDF pages.

Here’s what you’ll find in this latest version.

Create Professional PDF Documents

We made it super easy for you to create a PDF file from any document, whether it’s from within Able2Extract itself or through the brand new  virtual print driver.

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The process is just as easy as converting a PDF file with Able2Extract. From the Command toolbar, click on the Create PDF icon, select your file and simply save it to your computer.

New PDF Creation Options

If you’ve used our PDF creation tools before then you’ll know which creation features you have at your disposal.  PDF creation options include:

  • Compression- Choose from LZW, JPEG, and ZIP for your images
  • Security-Apply passwords and file permissions
  • Font & Colours- Specify if you’d like to embed orsubset fontsor convert CMYK to RGB
  • PDF viewing- Decide how you want your PDF to display when opened
  • MS Office conversion-  Choose from a number of Office-related options such as retaining hyperlinks, bookmarks, and comments from Office documents

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PDF Creation Security Features

As part of your PDF creation options, you can also create secured PDFs. You no longer have to worry if your PDF files are being tampered with or not. You get to choose what people can or can’t do with your content.

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Let users copy and paste text, print up the file, or allow them to insert, rotate and shuffle pages. As always, we leave the choice up to you!

Edit PDF Document Pages

With Able2Extract 9, you can go so far as to edit your PDF files.  Able2Extract allows you to add and adjust your PDF document’s information, the file’s viewing settings, and editing PDF pages:

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Able2Extract Print Dispatcher

Another new feature is the Able2Extract Print Dispatcher. This is an icon that sits in your system tray when you install Able2Extract 9 and allows you to keep track of newly created PDF files directly from your desktop.

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It works in conjunction with the Able2Extract Virtual Print Driver. So when you create a PDF document from another application, you can choose how and where you want to open the file.  You can also use this to adjust your PDF creation options when using the Virtual Print Driver to create PDFs.

Save Your PDF Creation Settings

Just as you can save your custom PDF to Excel conversion parameters, you can now save your PDF creation settings as a file. This means that for every PDF you create, you can apply the same file settings as required.

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Improved PDF Conversion, OCR & PDF Rendering

And now that PDF creation is a part of Able2Extract 9, the PDF rendering and viewing capabilities are better than ever! You can use Able2Extract 9 to view PDFs with the even the most complex of graphical content.

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Other enhancements include improved PDF conversion for complex PDF files. And for Able2Extract Professional, we included tweaks to the OCR engine, providing you with even more accurate renditions.

 

Test out and check out all of these newest features here.  Existing Software Advantage Plan users can upgrade to Able2Extract 9 from their account dashboard.

Give it a try and don’t forget to let us know what you think of this latest version!

Black Friday Deal: Be First To Get Able2Extract 9.0

To help keep our customer service consistent across the board, we updated our support system a few months ago to include our Software Advantage Plan. The plan, aimed towards improving the quality of your one-on-one service, essentially gives you priority status for customer support.

But that’s not all. The Software Advantage Plan also comes with a number of membership perks–one of which is exclusive access to special builds and full product upgrades.

able2extract-pdf-converter-9And if you’re an Able2Extract user on the hunt for software deals, this is the perfect perk to cash in on for Black Friday.

This is because in just a few days we’ll be releasing the all-new Able2Extract v.9.0, which will let you edit and create PDF files! No extra add-ons needed.

If you get the Software Advantage Plan now, you can get the Able2Extract 9 upgrade right before it’s released to the public!

It’s a deal you don’t want to miss out on.

Here’s what the plan includes.

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As a Software Advantage Plan subscriber, you get:

-Own Priority Support: Get your issues to the front of the line and get support when you need it most.

-Access to the Software Advantage Plan Web Portal: Log in to the Software Advantage Plan web portal and get hands on, direct  access to customer service. Submit your issues to us directly, check in on the status of open requests, and find product updates and upgrades for downloading.

-Quick Response Times To Your Issues: Get faster insights on your conversion issues and tailored solutions that can be implemented immediately.

-Annual Product Updates: We’ll send you an email notification when a new update is available so you’re constantly using the latest PDF converter technology.

-Exclusive Access To Unreleased Builds:  Users get to download and test out our latest product builds. All subscribers get the first taste of our Able2Extract v.9.0, which includes PDF creation and PDF page editing! Test out the product and its newest features before its public release.

We offer the Software Advantage Plan for only $39.95/year where you will basically own Investintech support for our Able2Extract desktop products, both Standard and Professional versions.

As soon as you purchase a subscription, you are automatically registered and can take advantage of your membership right away.

You’ll receive a Software Advantage Plan code you can reference when you phone in  or send us an email. It will automatically give your issue priority status, and will be immediately forwarded to and addressed by our customer support agents.

If you’re looking for a Black Friday deal, this is it. Subscribe to the Software Advantage Plan and get the Able2Extract v.9.0 upgrade free!

For more details, visit our Software Advantage Plan page.