You may know Adobe Acrobat as the program that opens your PDF files. Did you know it is bloated and far slower than other tools that do the same and more? We haven’t used Adobe Acrobat in years (what is a PDF anyway?).
We previously recommended FoxIt. It’s a bit faster, but doesn’t have all the features of PDF-XChange.
Convert PDFs to Word documents
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Google Docs let’s you create files and share online instead of using MS Word or Excel. This means everyone on your team is on the same page – live.
Rather than emailing a document, changing it, and re-sending it, simply post existing documents, or create new ones on Google Docs, for free. Enter your colleague’s email addresses to share and work together.
Q and A
Will I have to re-create my documents? No, you can upload your existing documents.
So does this mean I see my own documents from any computer? Yes!
Is this secure? You specify only those which you want to share each document with. Specify no one, or public.
Is this only for documents or spreadsheets? No, Google Docs also supports presentations (like Power Point), and you can use Google Calendar for sharing events too!
Our company is serious about online collaboration. What are other, more complete solutions? Check out BaseCamp!
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Not Printing (conventionally)
It’s cheaper (no ink/paper), faster, and most importantly, future reference is easy. I print to PDF any receipts of things I buy online. In a few seconds I can bring up any of them, even from years ago.
I store my PDFs in a receipts folder I created in My Documents. I sort them chronologically and of course, name them to include lots of key words so I can find them easily. (Eg. Bank of America Biz CC – 1.1.08.pdf)
Print office documents, email messages, images, web pages, etc. to a PDF file. This application is a must-have.
Install & Use –
Step 1 – Scanning
Fujitsu makes a fast, self feeding scanner I just love. While most scanners require several steps, this digitalizes documents into PDF with a single button. I started using this scanner about six months ago and can’t live without it. I scan everything: contracts, bank statements, letters, etc. Everything is scanned to PDF and then shredded.It really is as simple as this video shows:
We can order these or you can find them online pretty easy. I have the ScanSnap S500 that is about $440 but they also have a smaller one, the S300 for about $275. Both are double sided, self feeding, full color scanners.
I strongly suggest using this product. It is a great start to going paperless in your home or office.
More to come on this topic… It’s a favorite! 😉