Advertising
Advertising

6 Useful Tools for Easy Viewing and Editing PDF Files You Need To Know

6 Useful Tools for Easy Viewing and Editing PDF Files You Need To Know

PDF files have become the gold standard of document viewing.

Why? Their main benefit is that they retain their format even when viewed on different computers, using different programs. I’m sure some of you have experienced viewing a word document only to find it’s screwed up because your viewing software couldn’t maintain the formatting.

It’s pretty annoying when that happens, right?

Well, PDFs have become standard nowadays, and lots of PDF software has popped up to take advantage of that. Some of this software is simply for viewing, while others have more utility. What kind of utility? Other PDF programs will let you edit, split, merge, annotate, and more when it comes to PDF files.

Advertising

So I took the liberty of compiling some great PDF software choices for whatever purpose you may have. Please take a look and see if you can use any of these great programs for yourself; I’m sure you’ll find something useful.

1. Adobe Reader (For Viewing PDF files)

Adobe-reader-PDF

    Do you simply need to view PDF files? This has got you covered. Adobe reader is free and easy to use, and it even has some annotation features such as text highlight and sticky notes. This makes the viewing experience far better. It may be a bit basic, but if your PDF needs are basic, then this is a worthy consideration.

    2. Ice Cream Split & Merge (For viewing, splitting, and merging PDF files)

    Ever wish you could just combine all those PDF files into one useful one? Then this is what you’re looking for. It can merge, split, and even view PDF files at your convenience, and all for free. Very useful if you use a ton of PDF files that revolve around a similar topic.

    What’s nice about this resource is that unlike free online split and merge tools, you don’t have upload your private files to some unknown server. Everything is done straight from your desktop, which is a great advantage.

    Advertising

    3. Foxit PhantomPDF Standard 7 (For editing PDF files)

    PDFs are inherently hard to edit. After all, they’re not really word documents; they’re pictures of word documents. So unlike, say, a Word document, you can’t just go in and change the text that easily.

    But that’s where Foxit comes in.

    Foxit comes with a fully flush editing toolkit. You can resize paragraphs, change the font and size of text, insert videos and images, and more. It’s got everything you need for editing PDF files, but it comes at a cost of $89. Luckily there’s a 30-day trial to make sure it’s got what you need, so don’t feel too pressured when you try this tool out.

    4. PDFescape Free PDF Editor (For editing PDF files)

    PDF-Escape

      If the Foxit PDF editor is a bit out of your price range, then PDFescape is your best bet.

      Advertising

      While not nearly as fully-equiped as Foxit’s PDF editor, it’s a free resource and has the capability to add and remove blocks of text as you see fit. Additionally, you can do other neat things like add images and links as well. Definitely a solid free alternative for editing PDF files.

      So if you aren’t quite ready to invest the cash for a high-end PDF editor like Foxit’s, this will work just fine.

      5. UniPDF (For converting from PDF to word)

      UnifPDF

        Do you need convert your pdf files into word documents? This software does it for free. Once you download it, you simply use the software to convert straight from your desktop—no Internet required.

        Additionally, there’s no size limitations as there are with online PDF converters, meaning even less hassle for those of you with large/many PDF files.

        Advertising

        6. doPDF (For creating a PDF file)

        If you need to convert your word documents into PDF files, then this will work with no problem. DoPDF is a simple resource that lets you convert both printed documents and regular computer files into PDF files. And unlike many other PDF convertors, this one CAN carry your fonts over and let you define the page size.

        Easy and uncomplicated, this is a solid resource for PDF creation purposes.

        Featured photo credit: MacBook Pro Keyboard Detail/Victor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

        More by this author

        Ericson Ay Mires

        Ericson is a writer who shares about work and productivity tips on Lifehack.

        How to Not Get Distracted: 10 Practical Tips to Sharpen Your Focus laptop for editing pdf files 6 Useful Tools for Easy Viewing and Editing PDF Files You Need To Know 5 Reasons Productivity is the Most Powerful Investment of Your Life 5 Tips to Get Started Working NOW organized m&m's Getting Organized Effectively in 9 Easy Steps

        Trending in Technology

        1 7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively 2 7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Make the Most of Your Business in 2019 3 10 Smartest Productivity Software to Improve Your Work Performance 4 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated) 5 16 Less Known Gmail Hacks That Will Super Boost Your Productivity

        Read Next

        Advertising
        Advertising
        Advertising

        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

        Advertising

           

          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

            Advertising

            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

              Advertising

                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

                  Advertising

                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

                  Read Next