How to Fill Out PDF Forms Using Google Drive

Posted on May 26, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, PDF, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post: While there are many ways to fill PDF forms, one of the simplest and most convenient ways is to fill PDF forms using nothing more than Google Drive.

Source: How to Fill Out PDF Forms Using Google Drive

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How to use Kindle to work with PDFs

Posted on June 16, 2014. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a post on How to use Kindle to work with PDFs which applies to BOTH Kindle devices and the Kindle software you may be using on non-Kindle devices, such as computers, laptops, etc.

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Utopia Documents for scientific articles

Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , |

Utopia Documents asked for a plug — looks like they have a useful piece of freeware, especially for faculty and scientists.

For Windows, Mac and Linux.  See another perspective by an early user at Aspen Biosciences.

From the makers: “Utopia Documents v2.0, is a free PDF reader that connects the static content of scientific articles to the dynamic world of online content.

Utopia Documents gives you immediate access to an article’s metadata and browse the relationship it has with the world at large. It generates a formatted citation for use in your own work (a menu with seven common reference formats is given), follow bibliographic links to cited articles, get your hands on a document’s data at the click of a button. Utopia Documents makes it easy to explore an article’s content and claims, and investigate other recent articles that discuss the same or similar topics. Various extensions provide links to the blogosphere, online data sources and to social media sites, so you can see what other researchers have been saying about not only the article you’re reading, but its subject matter too. Utopia Documents’ Figure Browser makes it easy to see the illustrations in an article, providing a graphical overview of a paper’s content, and an easy way to navigate from figure to figure.

Utopia Documents allows you to make private notes for yourself, annotate a document for others to see or take part in an online discussion. Looking for clarification of given terms? Or more information about them? Do just that, with integrated semantic search. Interact directly with curated database entries; play with molecular structures in 3D; edit sequence and alignment data; even plot and export tabular data. Stay up to date with the latest news. Utopia connects what you read with live data from Altmetric, Mendeley, CrossRef, Scibite and others.

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papercrop puts PDFs on 6 inch display

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: ebooks, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , |

papercrop is a Google Project Hosting freeware utility that converts PDF documents (such as 2-column articles) into versions that work well with 6 inch displays on eBook readers.

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Epub2Go – Convert PDF to EPUB

Posted on January 22, 2011. Filed under: books, ebooks, File conversion, PDF | Tags: , , , , |

Epub2Go lets you convert a PDF file to the ebook EPUB format.

This can make it easier to use use on an iPhone or in an ebook reader such as Stanza, instead of the rigid PDF format.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Rotate PDF for Free

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, PDF, viewers | Tags: , , , |

Rotate PDF for Free.

“All you need to do is select the PDF document that you want to rotate on your computer, select the rotation angle and click a button.”

The size of the PDF is limited to 10MB.

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Nitro PDF Reader — The PDF Reader, Reimagined

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , , |

Nitro PDF Reader is billed as “The PDF Reader, Re-imagined”.

It’s intended to provide a lot more features than Adobe Acrobat Reader, including the ability to make notes, create PDF files from many formats, extract text and images, and more.

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Watermark-images: Batch Watermark Images Online

Posted on April 12, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, PDF | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Watermark-images: Batch Watermark Images Online.

Watermark-Images allows you to put a ‘watermark’ on your online images so they will show where they came from.

A PDF-Watermark tool is also available.

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Fixing PDF Preview in Windows 7

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, PDF, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , |

Office Watch has a post on Fixing PDF Preview in Windows 7 if you’re running the 64-bit version of 7.

In this case, it’s a bad registry setting from Adobe, but you can fix it.

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CutePDF – Create PDF files for free

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , , |

CutePDF lets you Create/edit PDF files for free.

Create PDF files on the fly – for Free!
Save fillable PDF form using Reader
Add, delete, rotate, resize, reorder pages
Stamps, overlay, headers, footers, bates
Make compact PDF booklets
Digitally Signing PDF Documents
No Adware, No Spyware, No Malware
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Foxit Reader for Windows

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , |

[updated 2011.8.8]

Foxit Reader for Windows is an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader for reading PDF files.

The Reader is freeware and reads, prints and annotates PDF files.

Other software is available on a pay basis for handling and creating PDF files.

Recommended by a number of sources as a smaller, faster way to work with PDF files.

CAUTION: Foxit was recently reported to be disabling some features if you do not accept the “optional” Ask toolbar.

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OCR Terminal: Online OCR

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

OCR Terminal: Online OCR will let you Convert PDF to Word, JPEG to Word.

This will allow you to convert up to 20 pages a month for free (more if you pay).

A PDF file may not be usable in a Word (or other word processor) document.  A picture of text scanned in is definitely nothing more than a pattern of pixels to a computer.  These need to be converted to text by an OCR (optical character recognition) program, which basically guesses which groups of pixels look like letters.

Be aware that ANY such program is only making best guesses, and may make mistakes.  You need to proofread the results and compare to the original to find them.

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Create a password policy in Adobe Acrobat

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Passwords, PDF | Tags: , , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter #49 has a post on how to Create a Password Policy in Adobe Acrobat.

This will help secure your PDF documents.

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Impressive: display PDF’s & images as PowerPoint-style presentations

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF, presentation | Tags: , , , , , , |

Freeware Genius has a post about Impressive which allows you to display PDF’s and images as (stylish) PowerPoint-style presentations.

Impressive “is a free multi-platform app that can display any PDF file or folder containing image files (JPEG, PNG, TIFF and BMP) as a slideshow presentation. It can be used to present PDFs or images as full-screen PowerPoint-style presentations or it can function as a full-screen reader. “Impressive” also offers a combination of sophisticated slide transition effects and a number of practical presentation tools, including spotlight effects, box highlighting, zooming in, and an overview screen that displays slides as thumbnails and allows for quick navigation.”

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Web2PDF: ‘Save as PDF’ Button

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, PDF, Web site creation, Widgets | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Web2PDF which creates a Java widget for a ‘Save as PDF’ Button for Your Blog.

Web2PDF is free HTML to PDF conversion service for your website. Enable your website/blog readers to instantly print desired articles to PDF files. It also includes a monitoring service that lets publishers keep track of which and how many times articles were printed to PDF.”

Web2PDF ‘HowTo’:

  • 1. Sign up and start with setting the Conversion Options for your “Save page as PDF” button.
  • 2. Choose paper orientation for the printed PDF: Portrait or Landscape.
  • 3. Specify paper margins: in inches (Top, Bottom, Left, Right)
  • 4. Get JavaScript code: Generate JavaScript code and copy & paste it to the place where you want “Save page as PDF” button to appear. Code should be placed within the … tags of the template page.
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How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: blogging, File conversion, Files, Fonts, Google, Graphics, Help, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, MP3, Music, PDF, podcasting, presentation, RSS, sharing, spreadsheet, Techniques, Tutorials, Video, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website is a Digital Inspiration post with practical instructions on how to handle RSS feeds, videos, audio, photos and slideshows, web albums, events from Google Calendar, very large photos, charts and graphs, animated gifs and screencasts, chat functions, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheet data, PDF files, Flash (SWF or FLV files), LinkedIn profile, Google Maps, another webpage, Windows Media or QuickTime movies, other fonts, and FriendFeed lifestreams.


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PDFCreator lets you make your own PDF files

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Files, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , |

pdfforge.org has PDFCreator, an open source freeware program to create PDF format files from almost any Windows application.

Key Features:

  • Create PDFs from any program that is able to print
  • Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc.
  • Send generated files via eMail
  • Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
  • AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
  • Merge multiple files into one PDF
  • Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
  • Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
  • And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.
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Issuu for viewing PDFs online

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a review of Issuu for putting documents and photos and such online, embedded in your website/Facebook/etc.


  • View and navigate PDF documents using interactive PDF viewer.
  • Embed docs onto your website, Facebook account, Myspace, Orkut, Blogger, Friendster, Typepad, LiveJournal, etc.
  • Facebook application: Add Issuu document viewer to Facebook profile.
  • Customize viewer: Choose background theme, width, background color etc.
  • Document restrictions: Should be smaller than 100 MB and less than 500 pages.
  • Browse documents shared by others, bookmark to favorites, leave comments, etc.
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Adobe Acrobat alternatives for creating & using PDFs

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Everything, PDF | Tags: , , , , , |

[this post last updated 2010.7.9]

Adobe Acrobat has allowed other software to create and modify the PDF format.

Sumatra PDF Viewer is very small, and only allows viewing.

Nitro PDF Reader allows you to “Create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly onto the page, and more.”

PrimoPDF PDF creation software is freeware.

PDFTextOnline allows you to get text and other content out of your PDF documents.

PDF-XChange Viewer In addition to all the standard features here are some of the features available in the PDF-XChange FREE Viewer

  • Add Comments and Annotations to any PDF file (subject to security settings) – unlike the Adobe Viewer which requires the PDF creation tool to be ‘certified’ by Adobe !
  • Mark-up pages with text and objects
  • Type directly on any PDF page, not just Adobe enabled forms documents – in Typewriter mode.
  • Export PDF pages or entire files to any one of the supported Image formats including BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and many more …
  • Extract text from a PDF page/File
  • Make your navigation of large or complex PDF files both simple and enjoyable with the extended functionality of our ‘Loupe’ and the ‘Pan’ Window tools
  • Fill and Save Adobe Forms to disk, email or ‘post’ !
  • Full Javascript Engine included
  • Updated JPEG2000 Compression support – improving speed.
  • Plug-Ins for both MS IE or Firefox Browser’s included
  • Integrate seamlessly with your favourite translation software to translate text on the ‘fly’ – including : ABBYY Lingvo 12, Translate It!, Lingoes.
  • Includes comprehensive Help file and PDF Manual – no extra downloads required to add features etc.
  • Portable version also available – can be run from any suitable device such as a Memory stick/CD/DVD etc – simply unzip and use – no installation required – just 4MB download !

And many more features such as Rotate and ‘Save’, Email files etc ….. Recommended by ClifNotes Newsletter.

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PDF conversion to and from

Posted on November 3, 2007. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Everything, File conversion, PDF | Tags: , , , , |

PDF Online (http://www.pdfonline.com/ ) converts files to and from PDF for a number of formats. Recommended by Clif Notes Newsletter.

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