Free JPG to PDF probably tells you all you need to know about this utility from Free PDF Solutions: It's freeware that converts JPG files into PDFs. It can convert individual files, batches, or whole folders and save the output to the destination folder of your choice. Pretty basic, right? We'd add that Free JPG to PDF is also ultra-fast and easy to use, in part because it places all the controls you need right where you need them. It offers few options beyond paper size and orientation, but that seems to be in keeping with an overall … Read more
The PDF format is handy as a cross-platform approach to preserving document layout and structure; PDFs are commonly used for electronic forms with editable fields for you to fill in data. While this is convenient, if you have a PDF form you are managing, you may run into an issue if you want to save the PDF's entered data in a static form that can no longer be edited.
Doing this is called "flattening" a document, and is commonly applied to any file type that contains multiple elements to present a final rendered product. For example, a … Read more
Even on a desktop, editing PDF files is not an easy process, so PDF Slicer Free is a very useful phone app for streamlining rotation, splitting, combination, and reordering of PDF documents. While the interface and lack of in-app help can make it hard to find your way through the sheer volume of tools it offers, once you do, you'll have much greater control over the PDF files on your phone.
When you load PDF Splicer Free, you can load or create a new document. There are so many functions that it's hard to get your bearings at … Read more
PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac converts PDFs and images into text or searchable PDF documents. It works with both PDFs generated from a document and scanned PDFs. The application's basic interface couldn't be easier to use, and it worked like a charm in our tests; but this version of the app limits you to one-page conversions.
The main interface of PDF OCR X consists of a small, unassuming window where PDF files can be dragged and dropped. Files can also be manually selected from a Finder window via a drop-down menu. Once moved into the program, … Read more
The print-to-PDF feature in OS X is convenient for quickly preserving a document's layout in the PDF format, so it can be viewed on most computers and tablets. If you would like to send someone a formatted document that contains sensitive information, you may want to add the step of protecting it with a password.
To do this, you can use a container format such as a ZIP file or an encrypted disk image (using the Disk Utility program in OS X); however, these may be a bit cumbersome to manage, both for the sender and recipient.
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PDF ReaderiPhone Edition does little more than other free reader apps for iOS, but it brings together a lot of disparate tools for a more streamlined, and ultimately very quick, reading experience. With features like Wi-Fi transfers, built-in iCloud support, and camera scanning, it enables you to move PDF documents to your phone rapidly and start viewing, editing, or working with them in real time. The result is a very effective tool that many on-the-go workers will enjoy.
When you first open PDF ReaderiPhone Edition, you can choose from a number of options, including loading documents from iCloud, scanning pages … Read more
NeoSoar attempts to create an alternative eBook platform on your iOS device that lacks many of the features needed to stand out on its own. While it is an effective tool in many ways, it looks a lot like iBooks but with many issues that neither iBooks nor Kindle have with their apps. The result is interesting, but uneven.
The audience for NeoSoar is likely limited to those who already have NeoSoar accounts online. The platform is designed to enable small and local bookstores to offer their own eBook platforms for users on their sites, and then funnel them into … Read more
Adobe Systems' competitors smell blood in the water.
Having seen the torrent of criticism that greeted the company's move last month exclusively to subscription sales for most of its software, many are launching promotions and otherwise scrambling to win over the disaffected.
"We've put in place our outreach program to users, saying, 'Hey, come and try us,'" said Nick Davies, general manager of Corel's digital media and productivity software group. Corel launched a promotion that lets Adobe CS4, CS5, and CS6 users buy Corel software for the upgrade price rather than the full price.
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With its rather basic but intuitive drag-and-drop interface, PDF Merge for Mac successfully combines several PDFs into one file. The program performs only one task, but does it quickly and without any problems.
The free trial version's basic menu lacks any advanced graphics or a user tutorial. Fortunately, the design is intuitive and well thought out. The trial limits the number of PDFs combined to three, but the full version of PDF Merge for Mac with no limits can be purchased for $18.99. A medium-size window has one area where files can be dragged and dropped. Users can … Read more
With so many free PDF converters to choose from, AnvSoft's PDFMate PDF Converter stands out in a crowded field by offering a super-easy, wizard-based conversion process in an easy-to-use layout. PDFMate bundles six conversion tools in one interface: PDF to EPUB, Text, Image, HTML, SWF, and Word Converters, plus a tool for shrinking multipage PDF documents down to a single page. The latest release of PDFMate PDF Converter, Version 1.6.2, is suitable for Windows XP to 8.
PDFMate's immense, colorful, and clearly-labeled icons and buttons and step-by-step process make it a tool that nearly anyone can … Read more