You can store a lot of documents on Google Drive, but recently a new site called CometDocs has some extra features. As is always our preferred state of affairs, it’s free. CometDocs lets you convert a file into 50 formats, such as HTML, PDF, Word and AutoCAD, and send large files by email. It did an excellent job on our test PDF document, converting it to a Microsoft Word file without error. The service asks for your email address so it can email the converted file, but no credit card is required.
We’re still waiting for the official Microsoft version of Office for iPad and Android tablets. Meanwhile, there’s a free app that lets you use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It’s called “OnLive Desktop” from desktop.onlive.com.
Microsoft Office just came out in a new version for 2013. But some of us (Joy’s looking at you, Bob) haven’t upgraded Microsoft Word since 2003. This can be a problem when Joy sends Bob a file created in a newer version.
If Joy forgets to save a Word document in the “Doc” f
Captricity.com digitizes documents at 20 cents per page, whether they’re hand written or typed. The first 25 pages are free. They use humans, not scanners, and here’s a tip Bob got from someone who uses this kind of data entry service extensively: To assure accuracy as much as you can, have the same documents done by more than one person, because it’s very unlikely that two people would make exactly the same mistake. Yes, it doubles the cost, but for many uses it’s worth it.
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.
Joy uses Bluesquirrel to make yearbooks for her P.E.O. chapter. (The letters stand for Philanthropic Educational Organization.) It’s an old program that has been out for many years but is regularly updated. It was originally designed to easily turn Word documents into small booklets but the latest version can also transfer files to iPhones, iPads and Android tablets.
Previewing the new Microsoft Office 2013 is a blast. It’s totally unlike our experience trying to preview Windows 8, which crashed our test computer every few minutes. Office 2013 Preview is a free download from Microsoft.com/Office/Preview. The preview leaves your existing copy of Office in place, so there’s no risk of overwriting it. Unfortunately, 55 percent of Windows users won’t be able to try it, since it doesn’t run on the still widely used XP or Vista operating systems. But here’s our take for the Windows 7 users: While the Office 2013 preview is installing on your machine or tablet, you can experiment with a PowerPoint presentation that comes up automatically to tell you about the new features. You can [...]