Chrome: Google Cloud Print is an under-rated, yet awesome service that lets you print wirelessly and remotely to any printer. Beyond creating paper printouts, Cloud Print is also an awesome tool for sending content to remote devices, saving them as PDFs.
Word can save documents directly to PDF format, but what if you want to convert multiple files simultaneously? They Hey, Scripting Guy! blog outlines how you can perform batch conversions using PowerShell to drive Microsoft Word. Check the post for the details. [Hey, Scripting Guy!]
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.
Not because it would be productive or wise. Just because troubleshooting printers is often painful and tedious and wanton destruction can seem like the best option.