Firefox users, the wait is finally over. Now you can read PDFs in the browser without needing a plugin. Firefox 19 also adds startup performance improvements, new features for developers and the usual bug fixes.
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We've never been fans of Adobe's bloated and risky Reader for viewing PDFs. If you want to examine and edit PDFs, Australian-developed Nitro Reader remains our favourite. Version 3.5 of the free Reader product adds support for reading XML Forms Architecture (XFA) documents and incorporates various performance fixes, while the full-blown Nitro Pro package jumps to version 8.5 and adds the ability to convert files into PowerPoint format.
Last week's news that Wizards Of The Coast would make classic editions and modules for Dungeons And Dragons available for download had me initially excited; I love classic AD&D/D&D. Then I remembered. I still have all that stuff in physical form! How do the PDF versions compare?
Australian-developed Nitro Reader 3 remains our favourite tool for working with PDFs: it's free, it lets you edit and sign PDF files, and it works far better and less intrusively than Adobe's Reader. Version 3 has just been released and adds several cool features, including auto-saving when you edit files and smart alignment of text when you are filling in scanned forms.
One of the handiest features of Word 2013 is that it can now open and edit PDF files. Word has long been able to save into PDF format, but the ability to edit PDF files is a welcome addition to its arsenal.
Getting ready to travel can be a pain because there's so much to remember. You have to pack, get a ride, figure out when to leave, prepare your itinerary, have your identification ready, and a lot more. To help you avoid the almost inevitable memory loss that comes with holiday preparation, we've put together a printable checklist to ensure you're ready to go.
We're big fans of free software generally, but the question often arises: how do companies that build free tools professionally make any money? At a press event today, Nitro PDF (the Aussie company which makes our favourite free PDF reader and editor) shared some figures which provide an insight into how the 'freemium' approach works.