Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Working With PDFs

Yesterday, I told you about Scribd that allows up to upload and share any type of file as a PDF.  But what can you do with a PDF?  Traditionally a PDF is locked down so that you can't edit it unless you are the owner of the file and have the full version of Acrobat, right?  Well, with PDFEscape both of those requirements go away. Without even signing up for a free account, you can upload PDFs or simply point to them on the internet and have some "editing" ability online.  You can add text, images, form fields.  If you need to change some areas of the PDF, you can "remove areas with the whiteout feature.  You can also add links.  Additionally, there are annotation features like sticky notes and highlighters. When you're done, you save the file as a PDF.  Uses for PDFEscape?  Well, let's say you find a Creative Commons licensed storyboard that you would like to use for your podcasts, screencast or livestream project but don't have a full version of acrobat.  Sure you could print it out and handwrite everything.  But, we are in the 21st century.  PDFEscape can help you use that file without having to install any software. Yes, there are other sites out there that can do something similar, I just happen to like the ease of use on this particular tool.
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