Aug 232010
 
So…What is Nitro PDF Professional?

Nitro PDF Professional is an alternative to Adobe Acrobat in that it creates PDFs, but comes with a much lower price tag ($299.00 USD for Acrobat VS $99.00 USD for Nitro PDF Professional)

Here are some of it’s features

  • Converts a variety of files formats into PDF (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc) and vice versa.
  • Combines multiple files into a single PDF.
  • Allows editing of text and images.
  • Carries out Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents.
  • Has the ability to allow the user to mark up a PDF with notes and highlighting.
  • Creates fillable PDF Forms.
  • Password protect documents.
How do I get Started with Nitro Pro?
  1. Go to http://www.nitropdf.com
  2. You have the option to download the trial version of the Nitro PDF Professional 6 software or purchase the full version by clicking Buy Now.

What Will it Cost Me?
  • There is a 14 Day free trial version available.
  • The full version costs $99.00 USD
What platform is it available on?

This software is only available for Windows users.

Aug 162010
 
So…What is GIMP?

GIMP is a free graphics tool that can be used by both Windows and Mac users. Here are some of it’s features:

  • Simple graphic functions like those found in the Windows ‘Paint’ program
  • Photo retouching
  • Image file format conversion
  • Image layering
  • Animation

And because it is open source and designed to be expandable and extensible it means plug-ins can be installed to increase functionality.

How do I get Started with GIMP?

Obtaining a copy of GIMP is not as straight forward as you might think, and going to their download page http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ is rather confusing. Therefore, you may want to use these links instead:

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. GIMP is a freely distributed software application.

What platform is it available on?

Gimp is available for both PCs and Macs.

Jul 192010
 
So…What is PDF-to-Word?

As the name suggests it converts PDF documents into files that can be edited in Word, the output files are in DOC and RFT formats.

Though it is not possible to convert PDFs into DOC and RFTs accurately each time, NitroPDF claim their product does better than most converters, by:

  • Creating high quality and easy-to-edit word files.
  • Using Word formatting options like paragraphs, columns and tables to make the Word document look as much like the original PDF as possible.
  • Reproducing graphics accurately and maintaining image quality.
How do I get Started with PDF-to-Word?

  1. Go to http://www.pdftoword.com/
  2. Select a PDF file to convert.
  3. Choose whether to convert it to a DOC or and RTF file.
  4. Enter your email address in the box click Convert.
  5. The converted document will then be sent to you by email.
What Will it Cost Me?

The PDF-to-Word converter is free.

What platform is it available on?

As it is an online tool it be be used by both PCs and Macs.

Jul 122010
 
So…What is Go2Convert?

Go2Convert lets you convert images into different file formats and reduce their size. And because it is a web based you can do it without the hassle of installing additional software. It is a great solution to convert and resize your digital images, supporting over 100 major image formats including GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF.

How do I get Started with Go2Convert?
  1. Go to http://www.go2convert.com/
  2. Select an image
  3. Choose which image format to convert to
  4. You have the option to resize the image or not
  5. Enter your email address
  6. Click Convert
  7. Choose to directly download your converted images or obtain a URL for your image file so that you can link to it.
What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. It is a free web-based tool.

What platform is it available on?

As this is accessed via a browser it works on both PCs and Macs.