helpware PDF Converter [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]
(Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) One of the greatest advances in computer technology is not Windows 8. Sorry, Steve Ballmer, but it's not even close.
Our pick for the one thing that brought us all together is the simple pdf file. PDF stands for portable document format. It's something so basic and useful that you'll want to take one out of your hip pocket from time to time and admire it from now until Ballmer retires.
Developed by Adobe Systems more than two decades ago, pdf files can be read by just about any operating system.
Shortly after it developed pdf files, Adobe made its Reader program free to one and all. With it, the masses can read pdf files, which can contain text, graphics and pretty much everything else you'd expect in a modern document.
But what if you want to create a pdf file? You could fork over hundreds of greenbacks for Adobe Acrobat, the gold standard for creating pdf files. Or you could put those greenbacks to better use and get a program called PDF Converter, from Nuance Communications Inc.
It comes in all sizes, from a free one to versions that cost $50 and $100. The more you pay, of course, the more powerful the program becomes.
I tested PDF Converter Professional 8, which costs $100, but often is discounted. To say it blew me away is not hyperbole.
Working with a word-processor-like interface, PDF Converter will guide you through the process of creating a unique pdf document.
If it's graphics you want, you need only import them, even from a scanner. The scanning part is seamless. You can collaborate on a document and make notes in the margin.
As you add talking points to your document, connecting lines are drawn to each passage that your committee is messing with.
But what really blew me away is a feature that allows you to produce fill-in-the-blank documents. This feature alone is worth the price of the program.
Glicken is a retired newspaper editor and software enthusiast. He can be reached at noah436gmail.com.
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