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Spiceworld 2017 – It’s a Wrap!

So what is SpiceWorld? Is that the movie about the Spice Girls?
  Nope. In case you’ve never heard about this conference, it’s an annual one held in Austin, Texas, by SpiceWorks, which is the biggest IT community online! There are always thousands of IT pros and vendors; this year, we had a chance to visit globally well-known giants such as Canon, Cisco, and HP. It was a three-day long mix of how-to sessions, networking, happy hours, and parties.  Meet our Team! From left to right:
Ray – North America Sales Representative, Stella – EMEA Sales Representative, Faisal – Brand Development Manager, Patrick – Product Development Lead

This was the PDFelement Team’s first time at SpiceWorld, and we were a proud Chipotle sponsor. At this conference, we wanted to share our passion for creating simple software solutions for life’s everyday challenges through multimedia, utility, office or mobile applications with all of you!

Pre-SpiceWorld

In my experience, going on a vacation takes a lot of planning and preparation, especially when it comes to packing. Will I need that extra sweater? Are you sure I won’t need these extra socks?

But going to a conference required planning and preparationon the next level. The team spent the week before the conference in a frenzy, putting together presentations, making trips to IKEA, and gathering the necessary supplies for our booth, including the Microsoft Surface Pro that Michael won! Let’s see what our first-time SpiceWorld attendees thought about their experience!
Faisal

PDFelement’s goal for #SpiceWorld2017 was to really get our name out there. We’re the only PDF solution software next to Adobe that offers enterprise-grade functionalities on both Mac and Windows; we were specifically designed for small-medium businesses and our prices reflect that.

My own personal goal was networking. I wanted to meet other IT pros and learn about how they’re leveraging PDF solutions and how they’re improving document workflows at their own offices. Most importantly, I wanted to understand the market for PDF technology and improve our product to suit user needs. I was happy to see that many people came to our boothan d was really interested in trying out the 6-month valuation that we were doing!
I thought that the conference was a fun experience. My three main highlights included:

1. Meeting one of our PDFelement 5 users, it was nice to meet a user in real life! 
2. Trying authentic Texas BBQ for the first time. The portions were massive and the ribs were really juicy. Look how happy Ray and Patrick are! 
3. After watching the SpiceRex wander around the conference, he finally visited our booth on the last day and we got a picture with him! 

Patrick
The vendor I wanted to meet was Softchoice, since they are one of the biggest IT solutions and services provider in North America. We managed to set up a meeting with them at the conference and had a chance to chat. It was cool to meet them in person and pick their brains. Hopefully, there will be a chance to work with them in the future, especially since they are based in Montreal. It would be nice to work with another Canadian IT company. 

I have to say that our first time attending SpiceWorld felt pretty good! We had the chance to meet a lot of IT professionals anddecisions-makers and talk to them face-to-face. I thought it was very valuable to hear about the technical challenges that they are facing everyday. It felt even better when we were able to show them how our product and services can help their company solve these problems.

Aside from the conference, I just wanted to say that the local cuisine was awesome. I will definitely come back to Austin just for a bite of theTe xas ribs and couple of local beers!

Ray

I must say, I was a bit worried about how our booth was going to turnout, since we were designing the set-up remotely and didn’t have a chance to visit the venue until we had to physically set up for it. I was also curious about what the Spiceworld attendees were looking for at the conference, and hoped that they would be interested in what we had to share. But the backdrop our designers made ended up fitting like a glove and the IT pros that visited our booth were very friendly when I had the chance to talk to them face-to-face. Usually, I handle all of our sales inquiries over the phone or email, and it can be very hard to tell what the other person is thinking or feeling.
What I enjoyed most on this trip was the casual culture of Spiceworld and Austin’s BBQ. Overall, I thought that it was a pretty good conference!
  Stella This would be my first time attending at SpiceWorld and in Austin. Going into the conference, I was really looking to communicate with our potential users face-to-face and listen to their voices, and to truly learn their pain points and business needs.
SpiceWorld turned out to be a great place to connect with people, and I was very excited to hear the positivefeedbacks from potential users after I introduced PDFelement. The only thing I regret is not attending SpiceWorld sooner; I hope to see you all again next year!
Well, there you have it. Good food, good drinks, and better company. We are very proud of how our PDFelement team did at #Spiceworld2017. It was an exciting opportunity to showcase our products alongside other Fortune 100 companies; we learned a lot from our fellow vendors about their experiences. We’ll be back next year, and we hope you will be too!       *Written by Rebecca Chen, Community Manager at PDFelement  

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Combatting Bees with a Fillable PDF Form

This is a story about how I turned a Word document (with the intention to print and scan) into a fillable PDF form that performs calculations. I hope that you learn from my experience and use PDFelement to create your own fillable PDF forms for tasks outside your job!
  It’s official. I’m an adult. While this shouldn’t be news to me, it’s still a fact with which I slowly come to terms. On occasion, I face the full brunt of “adulting” and have to do the thing that grown ups do. A recent experience brought me into contact with a friendly sole proprietor that provides window screens for town houses. Riveting stuff. The mundane task was quite simple: buy windows screens or deal with the wrath of angry houseflies, mosquitoes and bees. So many bees.
The friendly proprietor emailed me an order form to complete and return. I wasn’t too surprised to find that the order form was a table created in Microsoft Word. This is a fairly standard practice by small business owners. But when you have access to an unbelievably powerful PDF editor, you can take advantage of it and replace printed paper with smart documents that do the work for you. PDFelement isn’t just a tool for work; it can easily be incorporated into personal errands and tasks, too!

Here are the steps that I took to make this PDF dream a reality:
Step 1: Create a PDF
Turn a Word file into a PDF file by clicking “Create PDF” from the quick start screen.
  Step 2: Make the PDF into a fillable form. Transform a digital PDF document into a fillable form by selecting “Form Field Recognition”. You can also build the form manually with the tools you see under the Form tab.
  Step 3: Customize the form fields Examine the form and decided which fields should be calculated. In this case, the Total is made up of the sum of Price/Unit fields, Installation Fee, Sub-Total, and Fed. Tax Amount. To apply a calculation, double-click on the appropriate field and click the Calculate tab. Choose the required mathematical function and select the fields involved. Go to the format tab and modify a field’s format, such as currency or percentage. Then close the properties window.
  Step 4: Fill out your form Close the Form editing window and start filling out your form. Observe that modified fields calculate automatically.    Are you still printing, scanning, and filling out forms by hand? Try using PDFelement to create your own interactive PDF form and use video tutorial to supplement your learning. You’ll become a PDF form wizard in no time!
If you want to learn even more about building interactive PDF forms, check out this fantastic post by Rebecca explaining the nitty-gritty of mouse triggers.

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Evolution of the PDF

PDF use has grown exponentially over the years as it has become one of the most popular file formats on the net, only overshadowed by HTML. By one informal survey, PDFs consistently ranked as the highest looked-for document type via Google “filetype:” search between 2013-2015, beating out Epubs, XMLs and Docx files by huge margins.

But if the PDF’s popularity among Google “filetype:” searcheswas viewed in isolation, it would distort the picture of how people use different files. Consumers clearly do not see these files as a replacement system; instead, they want to benefit from a range of specialized capabilities that different document solutions provide: XML for spreadsheet functions, Word documents for heavy editing and formatting, PowerPoint for slideshows, and so on. Within this alphabet soup of office file types, where does the PDF fit in?   PDFs VS Other Document Formats
One of the advantages of PDFs over other file formats is that they can store a remarkable array of content — images, text and even video and audio — in a single compact file and retain the formatting of that content across different OS and devices. That means you can e-mail a PDF to a friend and expect it to look exactly the same on his Mac as it does on your PC. This makes this format exceptional for record keeping and content presentation, which explains its prominence on Google “filetype:” searches.

However, PDFs have not transformed into the sole file format that users rely on for a reason. There are capabilities and functions within the various other file types. For example, students may prefer to use Microsoft Word to type out an essay or create a resume, due to the flexibility of the program to correct and add text. But what if you needed to send these files to a professor or a prospective employer? You would want to make sure that the formatting stays the same, regardless of the device that the receiver would view the file from. It would be a shame to spend a few hours formatting an aesthetic resume, only to have the recruiter open the file and find incoherent lines of jumbled letters.

What if you could leverage the PDF to take advantage of all other file types? Where the PDF file format can really come into its own is at the fulcrum of your document ecosystem, with the help of lightweight but full-featured PDF solutions!

A PDF solution is a tool that will allow you to exploit the capabilities of many different document file types and then collate the results into one single compact PDF. For example, by using PDFelement’s file conversion tools, you can convert hundreds of file types into a single PDF. Then, you can extract the specific content you need and transform it back into any of the most popular file types. A PDF solution will also allow you to perform many basic editing tasks, such as adding text and images, directly to a PDF.
What does this empower you to do? Well, think laterally: if you can shift content across file types with ease, or assemble that content back into a single secure file for keeping and sharing, you will consolidate both your file architectures and document workflows. In other words, instead of storing all your project information in a zip file full of different folders, a robust PDF solution will allow you to aggregate everything into one place for easy sharing or presentation. You also won’t have to switch between multiple windows when performing simple alterations like redacting images, Bates stamping or signing documents. Instead, PDF solutions allow you to perform all those functions directly to a PDF within a single application.  The Bottom Line
Whether it is in your personal life or workplace, you will come across PDFs. A PDF solution can be your ticket to a clean(er) digital desktop as you streamline your file architecture and document workflow both at the same time. This ensures that you will make fewer errors, do less duplicative work, and free you to focus on more important tasks.

What do you love most about PDFs? Share your thoughts below! 

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The More You Know: Insert Images

 How can I insert images into my PDF file? What do the “extract”, “replace”, “align”, and “distribute” functions do? PDFelement has many minor features that are meant to support the larger editing and form tools, but are often left unknown and unused. Stay tuned for more of our “The More You Know” series to explore these useful sidekicks!

Have you ever converted a report into a PDF then realize that you forgot to put in a chart on page 8 and an image on page 16? Or maybe your colleague realized that they sent you the wrong image to use and you need to do a minor (but frustrating edit). Instead of reformatting the whole Word document, and then exporting it as PDF all over again, simply open up your new PDF document in PDFelement and insert your images!
Today I will be showing you the nitty-gritty details to our insert image tool. There are a few differences on both our Mac and Windowssoftwares, so I will be showing the process on both.
Mac
      As you can see, I had left a blank space in my document for an image. To begin, simply select the “Edit” tab, and then “Add image”. A window will appear, and you will be able to pick the image you would like to add. Of course, if you are in a situation where you realized that you need an image but didn’t leave quite enough room for one, you can move the blocks of text around in an attractive and clean manner to make space for your picture. You are also able to crop and resize the image you import, so don’t sweat it if the space you have is not a perfect fit at first glance.
After the image has been added, there are multiple options on theright hand side to help ensure that your image fits well into the rest of your document.    You can do basic placement and editing to the image, including flipping, cropping, resizing, and transforming. You are even able to rotate the image precisely by spinning the dial directly beneath the transformation icons. If you’ve selected the wrong image by accident, you can select the image, then click the “replace” icon to choose the image you initially wanted.

Extraction

You can also select an image, and “extract” it to your computer. This is especially useful if you want to save an image from a file that is not yours. This way, you won’t have toscreen shot and crop to keep the images you want from PDF files. You’ll notice that you’re usually unable to directly right click and save the images on PDFs, but in PDF solution software such as PDFelement, the software recognizes the images and will break the document into different editable chunks.    You can also extract all the images that the software can read with the “extract all” function. The preview shows what the software identifies as the image. In this particular instance, that whole page without the text is considered one image otc viagra. You can play around with the OCR. I found that in this page’s particular case, the images were accurately separated before OCR and made for perfect extraction    After you select “extract all”, the images will be saved into a folder. Once you click in, you will find that the images have been separated into the pages they were extracted from.
Windows
     The process is more or less the same on Windows, it’s just that the layout looks different. Here, the “replace” icon is the one on the far right (looks like a picture). To rotate an object precisely, you can grab the green dot (shown on the highest placed image) and rotate as you desire.
There is no option to “extract” images on the Windows software. Instead, there are two other options: align and distribute.
  Align
    This is useful when there are multiple images or blocks of text you want to line up. The first image shows the multiple objects I am trying to align. After you select everything (control), you can align in multiple different directions. The second image is “align left”, and as you can see, it’ll align everything to the edge that was on the most left. Similarly, to “align top”, everything will line up with the edge that was the highest. You can also utilize the “center” options to align individual or multiple objects to the center of the page horizontally, vertically, or both.   Distribute    Distribution only works with 3 or more objects. You will notice that the icon will only become usable when over 3 objects have been selected. This option is useful if you want to make sure that the items are equally spaced out horizontally or vertically; the object in the middle will move right/left or up/down to make sure that it is in the center of the other two objects.
  Check out our video on inserting images on Windows! 

There you have it! You are now a pro at inserting images into your document to make things look nice, as well as extracting images for future use. Share or like this blog post if you found it useful! Drop us a note below if there are specific tools you would like tutorials of.

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