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Convert scanned PDFs to text documents using Google Drive

Rowan Hanna

Converting a scanned PDF to text hasn't always been easy or cheap, but with the optical character recognition (OCR) technology to Google Drive, it is now free and pretty easy to boot. In this article Rowan Hanna takes a closer look at how to convert scanned PDFs to text documents using Google Drive.

Enterprise & Government   April 15, 2014

Two really useful shortcuts in Acrobat

Ernest Svenson

Spending the time to learn shortcuts will help you get the most out of any software, and that's especially true of Acrobat. Here's a quick tip from's Ernest Svenson that makes use of two important shortcuts.

Enterprise & Government   February 08, 2011

Merging multiple files in Acrobat

Dan Shea

One of the most convenient things about PDF is its ability to combine files from different source programs such as Word and Excel into combined documents for emailing, filing or archival purposes. What's more, the source documents don't even need to be converted into PDF before being merged. Supported file types will automatically be converted during the merging process.

Enterprise & Government   November 27, 2007

Cleaning up PDF documents in Acrobat

Dan Shea

If you are posting your PDF document to a web site, you'll generally want to upload a clean copy that will streamline the viewing experience for your site visitors. This tip outlines a quick way to remove unnecessary annotations, widgets, JavaScript, links, bookmarks and attachments, along with optimizing your documents for fast web viewing.

Enterprise & Government   October 01, 2007

Adding notes in Acrobat

Dan Shea

One benefit of PDF files is that it's possible to add annotations without compromising the integrity of that content by editing it directly. One such option is adding a note in Acrobat. This tip explains how.

Enterprise & Government   March 22, 2007

Opening PDF documents in Full-Screen mode in Acrobat

Dan Shea

If you have a graphically rich PDF, you might want to set it to open in Full-Screen mode to reduce clutter and increase the document's visual impact. This is particularly useful when preparing PDF (rather than, say, PowerPoint-based) presentations. This tip explains how to set your PDF documents to open in Full-Screen mode every time in Acrobat.

Enterprise & Government   February 14, 2007

Emailing PDF documents

Dan Shea

OK, so you're done creating your PDF document and have it looking just the way you want, but you want to send it off for a second opinion, or perhaps you need someone to sign-off on it. Never fear, sending PDF documents via email is a piece of cake in Acrobat 7.

Enterprise & Government   November 08, 2006

Sticky notes in Acrobat

Dan Shea

Perhaps the most intuitive way to annotate a PDF document is to add an electronic sticky note. While physical sticky notes are useful with hard-copy documents, electronic sticky notes are more efficient and provide a natural and familiar means by which to add and share comments on PDF documents without obscuring their content.

Enterprise & Government   October 25, 2006

Extract pages from a PDF in Acrobat

Dan Shea

Acrobat allows users to extract individual pages from PDF documents. This is a very convenient function for users looking to obtain excerpts of longer documents.

Enterprise & Government   October 03, 2006

Add a file attachment with Acrobat 7

Dan Shea

Many is the time that you will want to attach a PDF or other file to your primary PDF document before sending it on or for archival purposes. For instance, you may want to attach a copy of the document's original source file, companion documents or other related materials. Luckily, the PDF format allows for just this, via Acrobat 7's attachment features.

Enterprise & Government   August 09, 2006

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Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.