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Name: Bill Davis
Contributor since: 2002

What got you interested in the Acrobat community?
I got interested in the forums for the same reason many have landed in the forums, to get help on a simply problem and not have to pay $$ for an answer that one might expect is a standard support question. The forums answered the question and raised other interesting issues that I had not even considered, as well as other ways to use the software. It was a great learning tool and I was also able to help others over some of the same hurdles I had.

I had been having some line width issues and was able to resolve it both in the original software that was setting the width in pixels and the display resolution for PDFs (default 1200 dpi). The problem was very severe when PDFs were used for presentations with line drawings and plots, rather than PPT.

Why do you help others on the forums? What is your favorite part about helping out?
Some what for the same reason I became a university professor to help others learn about things. There is a lot of satisfaction when you are successful in helping others, or even suggesting avenues to take for the user to be able to answer their own question.

What are your interests or hobbies?
My hobbies are primarily genealogy and ham radio (last 55 years).

How do those interests affect your work and other parts of your life?
The ham radio was in part why I went into electrical engineering and antennas. Teaching at the college level was also a dream. A lot of genealogy is search and also helping and working with others, particularly those who are working on the same lines.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Part of my goal is to help folks think through their problems and consider possibilities to lead to a solution. If you wish, this is applying standard research methods to discovery and learning. Sometimes, folks are under the gun to get something out and helping with short-term workarounds to get it done soon is also a lot of fun.