Monday, January 28, 2013

PDF Tools – Create, Edit and Sign PDF Files

PDF (Portable Document Format), is a file format introduced by Adobe in 1993, since then PDF Files have become one of the most preferable file format for publishing and sharing information. PDF files come with a .pdf file extension and can be opened using the Free Adobe Reader editor.

PDF is evolving, more and more features are getting added with every new version of PDF. PDF is already a universal format for publishing and sharing information. PDF readers are also available for mobile devices, taking it to the next level of document publishing and sharing.

Want to create a PDF File or convert the existing files into PDF, the following tools will help you.

Convert any file into PDF

PDF Creator
converts any type of document into a PDF file instantly. Once installed the PDF creator gets added to the Printer tray and can be used as a virtual printer to convert your documents into PDF files.

PDF Creator Features
1. Merge multiple documents into one PDF file
2. PDF Creator includes strong 128bit encryption and will allow you to password protect your PDF documents

3. Allows setting a password for more advanced features like changing user permissions and passwords

4. Provides settings disable Printing, Copying of Text and Images, Modifications to the document

5. You may even set your PDF document to allow or disallow the following features: Low Res Printing, Screen Readers, Filling in form and Changes to the Assembly Installed as a virtual Printer and can convert any printable document

PDF Creator, Convert any file to PDF

Edit any PDF File
PDF meld is a PDF editor which can be used to edit and modify existing PDF files. 
PDF Meld is a program to   manipulate pages of existing PDFs. It runs either from the command line (executable version) or you can use the dynamic link library (DLL) version on Windows based systems to integrate with your own software.

The executable version has a GUI front-end you can use for either prototyping or simply running the program. The GUI front-end is available under Windows,   Mac OSX, and graphical versions of Linux and Sparc.

PDF Meld contains so many options it may be difficult to know where to start. In its simplest form, PDF Meld takes multiple PDFs and stitches them together to create a new single PDF.

PDF meld Features
1. Appends two or more PDFs, images,
2. Word/Excel/OpenOffice files.
3. Rearrange the pages of a single PDF
4. Resize, rotate or move the position of page contents of a single PDF
5. Add page numbers, Bates numbering, text or barcodes to each page
6. Add bookmarks and annotations (web links, notes and stamps)
7. Highlight, underline or color specified text
8. Make minor touch-up text and image changes
9. Add fillable data fields
10. Create new PDFs containing the modified FDF data
Embed files such as Excel spreadsheets or Word documents into PDFs
11. Extract embedded files from PDFs
12. Encrypt PDFs with 40, 128, or 256-bit encryption
13. Password protect PDFs
14. Digitally sign PDFs
15. Disallow printing or changing the PDF

PDF Meld Programming Features
1. PDF Meld runs as an executable or may be called using the DLL or .NET DLL version.
2. The .NET DLL version (PDF Meld API) for Windows based systems allows you to call methods of PDF Meld
3. You can build all the functionality of PDF Meld into your own application by calling the API Methods.
4. Free Visual Basic front end sample is available to see on how you can call and use the methods of PDF Meld
Windows also supports running PDF Meld server as a service
5. You may also install as a server under Windows or Unix and send commands for processing via TCP/IP.

Sign PDF Files Electronically

The mypdfsignature tool adds your transparent signature stamp to PDF documents. A transparent signature stamp is your physical signature in an electronic format that you can place on the signature line or anywhere on a PDF, Word or other electronic documents.  It’s transparent in that the contents of the document can be seen behind the signature.

Normally any format documents needs to be signed physically for it to have value, this requires the document to be emailed, printed and signed, moreover if the signed document needs to be sent to someone else, and then it needs to be scanned into a document before being sent.  Transparent signature helps us to prevent this by adding a transparent signature to the document and sending it right away. This saves time, printer ink and paper ultimately saving a few trees from being cut for paper.

Use any of the above tools to create, edit and sign PDF files. PDF files have a lot of advantages over other file formats; the following are some of the advantages of PDF Files.

Advantages of PDF Files
1.PDF files can be viewed using Adobe Reader which is a free Tool.
2. PDF files can also be viewed without the Adobe Reader; PDF files can be opened in most of the modern browsers.
3. Size of PDF files are less when compared to other formats like TIFF, BMP. PDF Files can retain the same quality with much lesser file size.
4. Unlike JPEG or BMP formats, PDF files support multipage, hence we can use a single file to store multiple images / text.
5. Unlike other document formats like Text, Word, etc PDF files are by default read only, hence the content in PDF files are secured and cannot be changed.
6. PDF files are platform and Operating System independent, they can be viewed in Windows, Linux and also Mac.
7. Scanned documents can be converted into PDF files of various types like Color, Grayscale, Black And White and with various compression levels for size optimization.
8. PDF files can be secured using a password; confidential documents can be secured using passwords to maintain integrity of the documents.
9. Security restrictions can be placed on PDF files in such a way that the content of the files cannot be printed/copied/altered. This feature comes in handy for publishing copyrighted material.
10.  We can add hyperlinks in PDF documents which can be used to link to other documents.
11. Any type of document like Word, Excel, JPEG, etc can be easily converted into a PDF document using one of the many PDF Converters.
12. PDF file format meets the entire
meet legal document requirement, hence can be used to publish Legal information.
13. PDF Documents provide Search and Find options which can be used to find specific words in a PDF File. These Search and Find options also work on Scanned PDF documents.
14. PDF Files can be electronically signed using Adobe Acrobat XI.
15. PDF Forms can be used collect information from users, PDF Forms can contain User Input controls like TextBox, CheckBox, etc which can be used to collect information from users. This feature comes in handy to prepare questionnaires and Surveys. The PDF Forms can simple be created and mailed to various users, the users can fill in the forms and reply to the mail with the updated form. The sender can finally consolidate the inputs from all the users using Adobe FormsCentral.
16. Mobile version of Adobe PDF Readers are available for iPad, iPhone, Android devices etc, so the PDF files can also be shared across mobile devices.

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1 comment:

David Levy said...

wow this article is awesome, finally i learned how to make my own PDF signature adobe is really friendly to the users.