Documents in “PDF” format normally can’t be edited. The whole point of the format is to save a file – be it a letter or a magazine – as it originally looked. But sometimes the PDF is a long boring document and you only want a couple of pages.
If you use the Chrome web browser, here’s a paper saving tip. Instead of printing out a receipt or anything you want to save from the web, open the print dialogue box (go to the file menu and choose “print.”) and change the destination from printer to “PDF.” That will save the document as a file on your computer.
Our friend Carol has an old printer-scanner combo with the worst scanning software we’ve ever seen. It was enough to tick off the Good Humor man. Carol’s solution was to go out and buy a new Canon scanner. A cheaper and better way is to spend $50 and get some good scanning software, like the new PaperPort 14. This is version 14 of the handiest program we ever saw for organizing scanned documents and digital files. It’s great for organizing tax returns, receipts, letters, etc. You can select documents that go together and combine them into appropriate PDF stacks for emailing. This beats creating a zip file, because the recipient doesn’t have to have all the programs that created those […]
Adobe Reader is the free program most people use to open “PDFs,” which are documents that retain their original look (all the formatting and illustrations) no matter what system they’re viewed on. An alternative we like better is “Nitro PDF,” which is also free.
Gone are the days when you needed expensive software to fill out a form on your computer. Even if the form comes in as an uneditable PDF, the free “Nitro PDF Reader” handles it, and can add a digital signature at the end. The signature looks like a normal written signature. In fact it is a normal written signature; because you wrote it and scanned it. Once added to the program, that signature cannot be altered by someone else in the line of readers and receivers. It also doesn’t have the opaque white box that most signature capture programs create.
Adobe invented the PDF, so understandably the granddaddy of PDF editors is Adobe Acrobat. But at $300, it does a whole lot more than most people need or want. Recently we found something cheaper. It’s “PDFZilla,” the Godzilla of PDF converters. We got it for $30 from pdfzilla.com.
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