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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.

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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)

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    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.

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    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.

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      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)

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        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.

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        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.

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2019

        11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

        11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

        Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

        Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

        Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

        In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

        1. ScheduleOnce

          ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

          ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

          ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

          Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

          Available on Web

          2. Calendly

            Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

            You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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            Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

            3. Assistant.to

              For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

              From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

              While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

              Available on Web

              4. Acuityscheduling

                Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                5. Pick

                  Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                  At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                  Available on Web

                  6. X.ai

                    For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                    This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                    Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                    Available on Web

                    7. YouCanBook.me

                      is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                      They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                      Available on Web

                      8. Doodle

                        Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                        It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                        You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                        While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                        9. WhenAvailable

                          WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                          Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                          Available on Web

                          10. Rally

                            Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                            Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                            Available on Web

                            11. NeedtoMeet

                              Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                              NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                              While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                              Available on Web

                              Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                              In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                              To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                              Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                              A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                              Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                              If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                              Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                              With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                              The Bottom Line

                              Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                              Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                              Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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