Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free

Posted on June 2, 2017. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

CNet has a post: Available for iOS and Android, the app offers all the extras of other scanning apps minus the limitations and fees.

“Adobe’s including optical character recognition (OCR) for free.” So now you can edit, search, and copy from what you scan. Very useful!

Source: Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free – CNET

Adobe Scan is available here


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Adobe Air Apps

Posted on September 27, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Adobe Air Apps puts your Adobe Air functionality to work.

Find some useful little programs (“Apps”) to do stuff for you, which run on Adobe Air.

Adobe Air, of course, is required.

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How to Make a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Graphics, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Shutterstock tells How to Make a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place using Adobe PhotoShop CS3 Extended.

Recommended by Lifehacker as a good tip.

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EPUB ebooks to Kindle conversion guide

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, books, File conversion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Adobe Digital Editions has a InDesign to Kindle conversion guide – Digital Editions.

That means the .epub books you bought someplace other than Amazon can be converted for use on your Kindle.

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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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10 Websites To Learn Photoshop Online

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Graphics, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

10 Websites To Learn Photoshop Online is a MakeUseOf post for Adobe Photoshop users.

Learn and improve using:

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Vunky Search for Photoshop tutorials

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Graphics, searching, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , |

Vunky Search is a search engine for Adobe Photoshop tutorials.

If you want to use Photoshop effectively, use Vunky Search to find tutorials on how to improve.

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Photoshop alternatives

Posted on March 10, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[updated link 2014.3.13]

Adobe Photoshop is the professional standard at present for many professional graphic artists, as well as a number of other people. But, since it is expensive and proprietary software, students may need to find something more in the price range of freeware, which still has enough features to be useful. has an article with some alternatives, some of which are also available for Windows (and sometimes Macs).

Raster (Pixel by Pixel) image software

For just working with raster images (basically, a grid of pixels), photographs, and the like, the open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (better known as the GIMP).  This is available for Windows and Linux.

However, GIMP is very different from Photoshop, so if you trained on Photoshop, you might have an easier time learning Gimpshop.  Gimpshop is a ‘hack’ built on top of the original Gimp project which changes all menues, dialogs, etc., in order to make them look like Photoshop. Of course, some features of Photoshop are still not available in Gimpshop, if the original GIMP doesn’t have them.

Vector graphics

Vector graphics is a more sophisticated form, and often lends itself better to resizing.

Inkscape is “An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.”

Inkscape is a fork off an earlier open source program called Sodipodi, which is also available.

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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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Create a PDF file with PrimoPDF

Posted on December 11, 2007. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, File conversion, Files, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Creating a PDF file without Adobe Acrobat is possible, and for free.

PrimoPDF freeware PDF creation software (according to the website) features:

  • Completely free, not just a trial version, and no user registration is required.
  • Ability to optimize PDF output for screen (online viewing), print (standard laser printers), ebook, and prepress.
  • Resultant PDF output conforms to the PDF 1.4 specification.
  • Secure PDF files with 40- or 128-bit encryption.
  • Add document information (e.g. title, author, subject, keywords) to converted PDF files.
  • NEW: Full support for 64-bit machines.
  • NEW: Double byte character support.
  • NEW: Support of non-TrueType fonts.
  • NEW: Enhanced support for Microsoft Windows 98, ME, XP and Vista as well as improved PDF viewing support on non-Windows platforms.
  • NEW: Ability to merge/append PDF files upon conversion.

There is a user forum and a manual available, too.  Not tested, so use at your own risk, but check the user forum for feedback from actual users.

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Google Pack up your troubles in your online software

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: browsers, Everything, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Macros & Shortcuts, Malware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Online Software, Security, spreadsheet, Utilities, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Google Pack is a group of software helps with some very useful items.  Pick your own pack and download just the items you want.  All freeware, no malware included.

  • Google Earth
  • Google Desktop
  • Norton Security Scan
  •  Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Google Toolbar for IE
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Skype
  • StarOffice (a complete office suite of software)
  • Spyware Doctor
  • Picasa
  • Google Photos screensaver
  • Google Talk
  • RealPlayer
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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 ( ) converts files to and from PDF for a number of formats. Recommended by Clif Notes Newsletter.

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PDF without Adobe Acrobat

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

Gios PDF Splitter and Merger ( ) lets you split PDF files into individual pages without having the full Adobe Acrobat creation software. Freeware. Recommended by Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert newsletter.

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