Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The PDF Tool Kit

The PDF (Portable Document Format) file format is extremely useful for educators as documents can be viewed across all computing platforms.  This is particularly helpful as the on-line access for parents and students will vary from computer to mobile operating systems.   

There was a time when PDF files could not be manipulated unless an Adobe software product was purchased. Times have certainly changed as there are now several products available to support your PDF needs - most of which are on-line and require no registration. Included below are 10 tools that educators should add to their PDF tool kit:


1. PDF Online Reader
With this tool, users can annotate, highlight and add hyperlinks to a PDF file.

2. I Love PDF

I Love PDF allows users to split or merge up to 10 PDF files at once.

3. PDF Convertor
Create editable Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents in 3 easy steps: 1. Upload PDF file. 2. Submit an email address. 3. File will be converted and sent to the email address provided.

4. PDF to Word Online Convertor
Large PDF files can be simply converted to MS Word documents by selecting a file and converting it. No email address is required.

5. PDF to HTML Online Convertor
Converts PDF documents to HTML code which can be later embedded into a blog, website, etc.

6. Web2PDF Online
To quickly save on-line information, this tool converts any web page to a PDF document.

7. PDF Aid
Images in PDF files are extracted and saved in their original resolution and true color. The images are saved - a variety of file formats are available - in a logical order for easy re-insertion.

8. PDF Scissors
 In a nutshell, this cropping tool can crop multiple PDF pages with the drawing of a single area! 



9. Booklet Creator
This tool re-orders the pages of a PDF file in such a way that once the document has been printed, it can be folded into a booklet.

10.  PageFlip-Flap
PDF or MS Word files can be converted into a flipping book.  A nice feature is that the final product can be shared via Twitter, Facebook or on a website or blog.


This post originally appeared on The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers.

photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nano/34003923/">Nano Taboada</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photo pin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. So often I have to "depend on the kindness" of the students to help me edit or convert pdf files. This post is extremely helpful.
    thanks again

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  2. Thank you so muchfor this extremely helpful post

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  3. Thank you for the supportive comments. I am very glad to hear that the information is helpful. The use of the PDF file format is definitely much easier with these tools. Thanks again!

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  4. When PDF files usually do not include things like fonts, prepress departments often are unable to method them in any respect as well as the file will generate an error that halts digital processing. Hence, this type of PDF file can’t be printed by most industrial offset printers. This computer software specifically produced for converting batch picture files into PDF. you have to try mobi to ePub converter

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  5. Hey Lynda,
    So glad you shared your blog link with me - I was able to direct a colleague to this post today when they were looking for pdf information. Great stuff!

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    1. Hey Tracy!

      Thank you for the support! I am so glad to hear that the post helped out a colleague! :)

      Cheers,

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