If you've ever given up on trying to read a PDF until you get back to the office, you may want to check out Papercrop. It's a great Google app for Windows and Linux that lets you rebuild PDFs for easier mobile reading. It requires some prep work and can't (yet) be done on the fly, but if you have time to run a quick app on your laptop first, you can make many PDFs much easier to read on mobile devices. Here's how it works:Download and install the Papercrop app. Run it … Read more
We often come across programs that convert text-based files to PDFs, but if you don't have a PDF reader or you want to view the PDF on the Web, converting it to a JPEG is a great way to go. Reezaa PDF to JPG Converter handles just such a conversion, and it does so with ease.
Reezaa PDF to JPG Converter's user interface is clean and as basic as it gets, which isn't a bad thing. You'll find large, colorful buttons at the top of the window for managing the file conversions. There are even Getting … Read more
Readdle makes several highly rated "productivity" iOS apps, including Readdle Docs, Scanner Pro, Printer Pro, and PDF Expert. They tend to run a little pricier than your typical 99-cent game, ranging in price from about $4.99 to $9.99, which is why we thought it worth pointing out that Readdle is having a 48-hour sale to celebrate its 4th birthday (it rarely puts its apps on sale).
The developer is also behind the free Shakespeare app that gives you access to the complete works of William Shakespeare. A Pro version that adds features such as a glossary, … Read more
The fact that PDFs aren't easy to edit is both a blessing and a curse; they can protect content from unauthorized changes, but they can also be a pain when you have a legitimate need to edit something. Sure, you can copy and paste text from a PDF, but your formatting will pay the price. Walker Free PDF to Word Converter makes it easy to convert PDF files into easily edited Word documents, and for the most part it keeps your formatting intact as well.
The program's interface isn't going to win any beauty contests, but it'… Read more
Wolfram today rolled out its Computable Document Format, which is designed to turn documents into interactive applications.
The goal is to turn "lifeless documents" into ones that bring data to life, show the data behind assumptions and illustrate concepts. Conrad Wolfram, strategic director of Wolfram, said the CDF effort has now reached the point where the company can open it up to developers, publishers, and other interested parties.
Wolfram is still working out the business model behind CDF, but publishers have reportedly shown "great interest." For now, CDF is delivered via a free player that can bring infographics, journals, and math lessons to life. It's not a stretch to see how a magazine like Popular Science could publish in the CDF format.
The rub is that Wolfram needs adoption and there's already a dominant document format in Adobe's PDF. One big challenge would be figuring out the interplay between CDF and PDF. Would someone want to embed a CDF document into a PDF? Conrad Wolfram said that "the CDF format will be open" with the goal of becoming a public standard.
For now, Wolfram needs developers on board. CDF has reached the point where a developer with the know-how to author an XML document can bring publications to life. Indeed, the use cases for CDF revolve around journal articles, knowledge apps, textbooks, infographics, and presentations and reports.
It's a cliche to say it, but sometimes less really is more. That's definitely the case with Sumatra PDF Viewer. This lightweight program lets you view PDFs without a lot of extra features that slow things down. It has all the basics you need and none of the fluff that you don't. If you're frustrated by the clunkiness of some of the big-name PDF viewers, this could be exactly what you've been looking for.
The program has a plain, intuitive interface, with a few menus and a toolbar across the top. The basic PDF viewer … Read more
PDFs can be extremely useful, but they're also hard to work with if you don't have the right tools. Putting the contents of two different PDFs into one file isn't just a matter of cutting and pasting, and neither is the process of splitting a PDF into two different documents. PDF Split Or Merge is an easy-to-use program that can take care of both these tasks. It's not perfect, but it does do a good job most of the time.
The program's interface is quite intuitive, with a wizard that walks you through each step … Read more
Free business software isn't quite the same thing as free money, unless you're in business--especially by yourself or in a start-up, mom-and-pop, or other small enterprise that lives or dies by the bottom line. That's when tools like Nevitium Invoice Manager look more and more like money growing on trees. It's a top-quality invoice and quotes management utility that is free to use and distribute. It can manage customer and vendor relations, and it even includes a simple yet effective inventory manager.
Installing and setting up Nevitium involves two specific steps. First, we followed a multitabbed … Read more
PDFs can be useful but they can also be a pain; at one time or another, most of us have encountered a PDF that we wished were in an editable format. ByteScout PDF Viewer is a basic program that lets you not only view PDFs but also export them in editable formats. It's nothing fancy, but it does work.
The program's interface is plain, with a few buttons across the top for its features. You can open and view PDFs, print them, and export them as HTML, text, or Word files. That's the extent of what ByteScout … Read more
Adobe Systems, creator of the Portable Document Format standard used for digital documents, has acquired EchoSign, a company specializing in electronic signature technology.
The move means Adobe will get new abilities for its document-handling software. Electronic signatures have held the promise for years of letting people sign documents without having to resort to the paper-based hassles of scanning, faxing, and mailing, but haven't made major inroads.
EchoSign and Adobe hope to change this, naturally. Adobe has been working hard to embed its products as deeply into business computing as Microsoft Office, and EchoSign is part of that effort.
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