Please be aware that it is impossible to open Generations .uds family files directly from a CD. You have to copy the file from the CD to your hard drive and open it from there. This is because Generations needs to read *and* write to the family file all of the time it is open, which is not possible if the file is on a CD-R disk. The read only topic is a red herring. Windows XP automatically removes the read only attribute when you copy the file from a CD-R disk to the hard drive.
The only method for someone to view your Generations reports and charts (who does not have a genealogy program)apart from printing them out is to create a pdf file. This can be done free of charge if you use one of the free pdf creator programs such as pdf995 from www.pdf995.com (you only need the free version). You create your report or chart and then instead of printing it on paper you print it to pdf. You can then send the pdf file to your recipient who can view if with the free Adobe Reader which most people already have installed on their computer.