PDF (Portable Document Format) has become the globally accepted standard for the secure and reliable exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world.
While using PDF for official documents like forms, contracts and memos is strongly advisable, it can often be a pain to manage, edit and interchange from traditional windows editing programs like Microsoft Word and Excel.
Here are a few free, easy to use tools for working with PDF documents:
This free tool when installed allows you to convert from almost any Windows application to PDF at the click of the button. It installs itself as a “printer subsystem”, meaning you simply need to print the document or file and select the CutePDF Writer as shown below to output to professional quality PDF format:
Free PDF Convert Online
If you don’t want the hassle of downloading and installing new software and just need a one-off conversion, this site allows you to easily and quickly upload and convert your Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Image and other files and convert to PDF format (NB: For free users, there is a limit on the number of pages and conversions that can be done).
When working with scanned PDF documents, a major issue is editing the information contained in the scanned images. This site provides free OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software that will recognize and extract text from scanned PDF and other images (JPG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF) and convert into editable Word, Text, Excel, PDF and HTML output formats.