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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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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Genius Scan Android App

Posted on June 24, 2013. Filed under: Android, File conversion | Tags: , , , , |

Genius Scan scans documents and converts them to a JPEG graphic or a PDF.

Like any app, it may or may not work well on your device.  Use at your own risk and CHECK THE REVIEWS first — apps may be changed after being included in the store so later updates include malware.

Recommended by ZDNet, this app does cost a little.

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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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Mendeley: reference management software

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mendeley is described as “Academic reference management software for researchers”.

“Mendeley Desktop is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically. Drag and drop functionality makes populating the library quick and easy. The Web Importer allows you to quickly and easily import papers from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.”

It’s also useful for collaboration.

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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
Freeware.
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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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STDU Explorer: TIFF, PDF, DjVu and image files

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

STDU Explorer handles TIFF, PDF, DjVu and image files.

STDU Explorer will work “with image files (support psd, bmp, png, gif, jpeg, wmf formats) and e-books in DjVu and PDF formats. This application helps you quickly view and find books or image files.”

Recommended by Windows Secrets.  Freeware.

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Download Free Tutorials

Posted on October 25, 2009. Filed under: searching, Tutorials | Tags: , , , |

FreeTutorialFor.me will search out and download free tutorials in PDF format on all sorts of subjects.

Use at your own risk, of course.

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Apple’s iTunes U(niversity)

Posted on October 12, 2009. Filed under: Apple, MP3, networking, Online Software, podcasting, presentation, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Apple iTunes U “puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges, universities, and other education organizations, so users can easily search, download, and play education content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows.”

This is Apple’s service for faculty to provide content for computers and portable devices.  Something to look into for podcasts and other online video/audio/PDF delivery services for classes.

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Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference for FREE

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Linux | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is $10 from Amazon or FREE if you download the PDF.

Handy resource for Ubuntu Linux, and recommended by Lifehacker.

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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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