Confession time. This week’s Ask Lifehacker is a bit of a head-scratcher, because the wide world of PDFs is confusing, at best, and typically more frustrating than anything else. There are a ton of different apps you can find that let you open, edit, and mess around with PDFs. Some of them are free and meh, a few of them are free and awesome, and most cost anything from a mild to an outrageous amount of money.
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It’s no mystery that Macs leave a lot to be desired when it comes to editing PDFs. Fortunately, PDFpenPro 8 is here to give your Mac a boost. This PDF editing software lets you merge, markup, and even OCR PDFs straight from your Mac.
Android: It's not exactly difficult to view PDFs in Android -- you can use Google Drive, Google's new standalone viewer, or countless other apps. But if you're a Dropbox user and regularly work with PDF files, the addition of a native PDF viewer in the latest version could be helpful.
Android: In the future, paper (much like running) will only exist for recreation, for fun. In the meantime, we still have to deal with annoying contracts, memos and receipts. All of which can be scanned instantly and uploaded directly to Dropbox, Evernote and more with Scanbot, previously available for iOS but now on Android as well.
Web: You can automate your Dropbox with Wappwolf, including converting PDF files to TXT, but if you need your PDFs as Doc files to open in MS Word or other word processors, Convertii is the way to go.
We're unashamed fans of PowerShell around these parts, and here's another handy application for it: changing the way PDF files open from SharePoint document libraries that use Office Web Apps.
Dear Lifehacker, My company has work-from-home employees, directors and contractors spread throughout Australia. When we have a document that requires multiple signatures, I ask each person to sign, scan and email their own copy back to me. Common sense would suggest that the collection of each of these individually signed (but otherwise identical) documents equals one fully signed document. But what does the law say about this, if anything? And is there a better way to do this? Thanks, Signing Off