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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)

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      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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        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

        Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

        1. Zoho Notebook
          If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
        2. Evernote
          The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
        3. Net Notes
          If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
        4. i-Lighter
          You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
        5. Clipmarks
          For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
        6. UberNote
          If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
        7. iLeonardo
          iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
        8. Zotero
          Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

        I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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        In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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