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    The More You Know: Redaction

    There have been many exciting changes to our PDFelement Community, and I’d like to take this moment to point you in the direction of our monthly Tutorial Request Thread! There’s been a lot of feedback regarding the need for additional tutorials and explanations for PDFelement features, so I thought I’d give you a chance to tell me what tutorials you want to see in the future! This week’s tutorial will be on the topic of redaction. I’ve received a few different questions about the redaction tool in the forum over the past few weeks. For those of you who’ve never used this feature before, the redaction tool removes or hides information in a document, usually in the form of blacking sections out; the black bars notify the reader that the text or image contains sensitive information. This way, information can be selectively disclosed, and sensitive parts of the file remain secret. For example, in the United States, court records are made public, so lawyers often go over the transcripts after the trial to redact personal information. Of course, this feature isn’t limited to corporate use, and personal users can utilize redaction to protect their own sensitive information as well! Mac: Step 1: Locate the redaction tool under “Protect” -> “Redact”. You can change the color of redaction on the righthand side. While selecting colors, you’ll be able to see a sample of what the results will look like. Step 2: Highlight the sections that you would like to redact. If you are performing redaction on a document with words, the program will likely detect it and highlight the words (refer to the image below). Otherwise, you can use the pointer to select the area that you would like to black out. Step 3: You can mark all the sections you would like to redact in the document before pressing “Apply Redactions”. It’s important to note that this is a non-reversible procedure. Step 4: Ta-da! You will end up with a blacked out (or other colored out) redaction on all the information that you would like hidden. Switching colors Many people have been asking for a specific whiteout tool, but little do they know, this is it! You can switch the color of your redaction to suit your needs, including making it white. Step 1: Click on the eye dropper Step 2: A “+” sign will appear on the colored circle closest to the right. Click on this for the palette to appear. Step 3: Once you select the color you would like to switch to, the last circle will become that color, appear under “fill color”, and it will show up on the sample section. Windows: On Windows, the procedure is roughly the same: you mark the areas that you would like to redact, then you apply your redaction permanently by selecting “Apply”, which is a separate button. On both versions, you can utilize the sticky note feature to make a note regarding the reason for redaction. You can access this through the menu that pops up when you right-click. To change the color of the redaction on Windows, bring up the “Properties” menu via right-click. A bonus feature for redaction on the Windows software is the ability to search for certain words and redact them all at once. This can be handy when you have a large document and you’re trying to cover all instances of a specific name or phone number. To access this, select the “Search & Redact” function on the ribbon under “Protect”. Type in the word that you would like to redact throughout the document, and all instances of it will be highlighted. And there you have it. That’s my quick and easy guide on how to use the PDFelement redaction tool to secure your information and files. Is there another feature that you would like to see a tutorial on? Feel free to request it in our forum, or in the comments below! Plus, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below as well. By Rebecca Chen, Community Manager at PDFelement
  2. Give yourself a competitive edge over other applicants with a great looking resume that appears the same, no matter what device you’re viewing it on. As most of us are aware, when you’re trying to land your dream job, you need a resume that will make you stand out above the crowd. One of the best ways to do this is by sending out your resume in PDF format. By using PDF, you can make your job application pop by ensuring the formatting looks flawless across the board. After all, your resume is the very first glimpse your future employer will have of you. When the interviewer is impressed with your resume, they are more likely to remember you and associate something good with your name. Skills and experience aside, your first impression will make or break you, and a great looking resume will facilitate that first interaction. Below are just a few of the benefits you can get from sending out your resume in PDF format. 1. First impressions are important: Retain formatting So it always looks professional You spend a lot of time working on your resume to ensure that it turns out just right. And a big part of this is ensuring that the format looks professional and visually appealing. Especially for certain industries. Perhaps the job involves design, or analytics, in which case it can be a good idea to show off your graphics skills. You may even want to include infographics that can show your information visually in a way that is well organized and easier to read. This shows employers that you are familiar with multimedia design and can give you an edge over other applicants. 2. Anyone Can Easily Review It PDF is one of the most widely used formats within the business world. It’s likely the hiring manager is extremely familiar with the format, and has used it to create and review many other types of documents. In fact, recruiters often package your resume and other details into one PDF package to send to clients. Plus, PDFs can be opened by many different types of programs, including web browsers and PDF readers. This makes it just as easy for the hiring manager to deal with as Microsoft Word, if not even more so. 3. You can still make edits if you need to with the right tools A lot of people create their resumes in Microsoft Word because they want to be able to easily edit it throughout every step of the process. It’s often the view that once a document has been converted to PDF, it’s next to impossible to make edits to it after that. But this isn’t the case. There are many PDF editors on the market like PDFelement that let you easily make simple edits to your PDF file – and often for free! For instance, PDFelement has a free trial that lets you edit PDFs exactly like you would a Word doc – edit text, change font, change formatting, etc. – you can do it all. 4. Ensure your Resume Can’t Be Edited by Others Designing your own resume from scratch can be a very time consuming process. Especially when you are applying for multiple jobs. You want to make sure that once you have it just right, no one else can make changes to it. This can be easily accomplished using a PDF editor like PDFelement, which lets you set password restrictions so that only those who know the password can edit or print the document. This ensures that no one tampers with your information, and that you are presented in the best light possible. 5. Convert your PDF Resume to Other Formats if Required Sometimes, a recruiter or hiring manager may ask for your resume in a particular format. Using a PDF reader or editor, you can easily convert your PDF resume to other Office file formats in just the click of a button. From there, it’s ready to be sent on its way, so that the hiring manager receives it quickly and easily, and in the format they desire! As you can see, with the right PDF editing tool, it’s easy to create your resume in PDF format so that you make the right impression from the get go. Let your potential new colleagues see the best version of you – consider sending out that next resume in PDF format! Do you agree that PDF is the best resume format? Leave a comment below!
  3. PDFelement

    Simplify HR Forms Using PDF

    Streamline your Human Resources department with easy to use PDF software that saves time and money while boosting morale and productivity. A big issue in most HR departments is the massive pile of paperwork that seems to build up out of nowhere. As we know, digitizing paperwork to PDF forms can be a lifesaver for everyone, whether you’re an HR professional or a candidate. A PDF tool like PDFelement is a great asset to have in your human resource department. Simplify your HR process by digitizing forms like job applications, employee surveys, and time off request forms. Simplify administrative tasks so they can be completed online or via email, allowing for more flexibility and mobility. Enable employees to be more efficient with their time, even when working remotely. And if you need to be reminded, The Benefits of Working Remotely outlines the positive effects this has on productivity and employee morale overall, which should be an important factor to consider if you work in HR. By using a PDF tool like PDFelement in your HR department, you can: Store Files Easily PDFs are easier to manage, store, and update than paper files or even other digital file types like Word or Excel. Having a digital template of forms and contracts on file lets you easily make changes and adjust to changing policies. Save Time Another huge benefit of going digital is the time saved from manual data entry. Time is valuable in business, and you don’t want to be wasting it with tedious re-typing and filing. With PDFs you can instantly extract relevant information onto your computer. This makes data more accessible and eliminates human error. Create HR Forms Easily Designing your HR forms on a digital platform will save your company time, money, and ultimately labor costs. Need some ideas on how to set up your HR Forms? Check out this article to see some examples for Human Resource Form Templates to get you started, or even easily start from scratch in PDFelement. Create professional and easy to use forms, contracts, surveys, and more using PDFelement’s robust form filling tools like automatic form field recognition and OCR. You can password-protect your document or redact certain sections as well to ensure the document remains secure. Your candidates, employees, and budget, will thank you. Fill HR Forms Easily PDFelement’s powerful features allow employees and employers to collaborate and communicate more efficiently, with the ability to digitally annotate, edit, and sign PDF forms, even on-the-go from a mobile device. With easy to use digital e-signatures, and security tools like password protection to ensure confidential information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, PDFelement has candidates and employees covered. Plus, you can easily convert PDFs to or from other file types if necessary to make the process even easier. When your HR department is spending less time caught up in administrative tasks they can spend more time doing their primary job, which is recruiting, training, and taking care of employees. A functional human resource team is the key to a successful business strategy, and through a PDF tool like PDFelement, human resource management can be made much more efficient and user friendly. Are there any other ways you can think of that PDFs are beneficial to HR Teams? If so, feel free to comment below!
  4. These life-changing digital productivity platforms will help you enjoy a lot more “me” time! For many of us, time seems to run at the speed of light as we try to fit everything into our busy schedule. In a span of 24 hours we have so many tasks to complete, whether it’s our full-time work duties, social outings to meet with friends, or family responsibilities like picking up our kids from school. But, what can we do to create more time for ourselves? Thankfully, there are many productivity tools out there that help us do just that – including PDFelement. We just have to put the effort into researching which ones work best! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled the following list to help you discover which productivity tools might be worth checking out: 1. ProofHub This productivity tool is available for both your PC and your mobile phone. ProofHub is an ideal management tool as it helps you plan, organize and deliver projects on time. Moreover, thousands of companies and project management teams are using ProofHub globally. Some of its characteristics are: Task management Collaboration and Discussion Notes/Timer Gantt Charts OneDrive/GoogleDrive Outlook/Dropbox iCal Third-party integration 2. HootSuite This tool is perfect for managing all your social media accounts in one place. You can schedule posts, allocate assignments on social media, organize Twitter, measure performance across all social media platforms and other such activities. With HootSuite, you do not need to switch between multiple windows that clutter your desktop. You can conveniently manage everything in one place! 3. Buffer This is another productivity tool that is beneficial for social media managers. Buffer is especially useful as it aids in sharing articles via the World Wide Web. You don’t even have to deal with the hassle of sending these online articles from different social media accounts. With Buffer, you can connect your social media accounts and customize the information that you want to share. You can even queue an article to be shared at a time you specify. 4. Productive for iOS This handy tool allows you to track and monitor your entire day. It supports vibrant colors in its user interface and a "cool" design that art enthusiasts will love. From walking your dog, to remembering to take your medication, to scheduling some time to relax, you can monitor it all with Productive. 5. Trello Trello is another productivity tool that aids you in organizing and managing your work or projects. Also, this tool can be used by both individuals and businesses to make a to-do list and schedule your day. With Trello, it is all simple navigation as you drop "cards" into lists and Trello automatically organizes your work for you. 6. Toggl This tool is handy and simple to use. It can be used for easily tracking time. All you have to do is download Toggl, click the Toggl button, and the timer will start. This allows you to manage your time and complete tasks efficiently. 7. IFTTT If This Then That is a tool that allows you to connect and upload photos and information to your social media accounts. Also, it allows multiple apps to work together, such as Instagram and Google Cloud. This app can even send you reminder e-mails. For example, you can tell the app to send you an e-mail if it is going to rain tomorrow. 8. LastPass This productivity tool keeps passwords secure in a secure location, and audits them, thus making them more secure. With LastPass, you need not worry about remembering your password as this tool will do it for you. No more writing passwords on post-it notes that are in clear view of your coworkers! 9. Evernote This tool is a favorite for many as it allows you to store your documents, notes, presentations and more, all in one convenient location. 10. Instant 3.0 Using this tool, you can track how much time you spend on various activities throughout the day, thus allowing you to allocate and manage your time more efficiently in the future, and figure out what time wasters to avoid. Of course, any of these tools can be used alongside PDFelement to enhance your productivity even further! From making quick and convenient notes on your PDF docs, to easily converting PDF to other formats, you’ll save so much time and energy when you use PDFelement or any of the above tools! What did you think of our list? Do you have other favorites that you’d like to add? If so, let us know in the comments below!
  5. Keeping your clients happy is the hallmark of any good business. After all, that’s where your profits come from, so at the end of the day, it’s what keeps your company afloat. To ensure your meeting the needs of your customers, it’s important to have the right tools at your disposal. And one of the most useful tools is the PDF. As we all know, the PDF has numerous benefits, which is why it has become a publishing standard for many organizations across the globe. The format ensures quicker document delivery in a cost-effective and versatile way and allows the receiver to easily view, store, print, share, and navigate a document that likely carries vital information. Here are five ways in which PDFs help you meet the needs of your most important clients and customers: 1. There’s no or little cost involved No special program is needed for viewing a PDF. In fact, one can easily download one of the many free PDF readers available, including the free trial version of PDFelement! Despite being free, PDFs are much faster, and the documents are high-quality as well. Due to the format, the documents can be distributed globally without spending a penny, and they can be printed anywhere too., meaning you can send any document, to any customer, at any time! 2. The format is the same across all platforms PDFs are the same across all devices. You won’t experience missing fonts, or formatting issues like you would in a text document. It is crucial that business agreements and documents look the same for all people viewing them, particularly when application forms, invoices, tender documents, tax returns, and other similar files are involved. PDFs ensures that the files given to the clients can be viewed the same way across multiple platforms without changing the appearance of the document, meaning each customer sees the document the way they were meant to. 3. It’s perfect for record-keeping and archiving It’s easy to make PDFs searchable, which means it’s also easy to navigate them. For instance, if a client receives a lengthy business document, they can use the search function to simply enter a keyword to quickly find the content they’re looking for. You can also magnify the document without negatively affecting the quality, which is useful when there are visual aids like charts and graphs involved. A PDF format is also ideal for archiving and storing documents. It’s a highly compressed document format that lets you effectively manage text, vectors, bitmaps, and more. 4. It’s easy to email and share Since PDFs are compact in size, they can be easily shared and emailed. PDFs reduce the size of the document drastically without affecting the quality of the document. Consequently, PDFs reduce storage and expensive bandwidth issues which means that changing word processor documents, spreadsheets, and graphics to PDFs can significantly reduce the document size, thus contributing to real savings in bandwidth congestion and email server storage. Another plus is that significant time can be saved when retrieving emails from the server. 5. And it’s more secure Documents like legal contracts and proposals are at high risk of manipulation or falling into the wrong hands which can lead to grave consequences. However, with PDF documents, there is a lower risk of tampering involved since PDFs provide both 40-bit and 128-bit encryption along with password restricted viewing, printing, and copying. Moreover, by using watermarks, users have the ability of digitally emboss the document with their own, unique brand. As well, they can redact sensitive content that they don’t want just anyone to read, meaning clients can feel secure when doing business with you. Having a strong PDF editor like PDFelement on hand helps you ensure that you are meeting the needs of your customers by providing them with top-notch documentation. Do you have any other examples of how PDFs help serve clients better? Comment below!
  6. Discover the benefits of building your career from the comfort of your laptop! These days, everything is online. From shopping, to school, to the office. The internet has advanced to a point where we can do almost anything from a small electronic device that fits in the palm of our hands. With the world at our fingertips - literally - the possibilities of what we can accomplish online are limitless. Being connected from anywhere in the world gives us the freedom to travel while we work. Only a few short decades ago, it would have been impossible to make a living from a computer, or study for a degree without ever stepping foot on a university campus. But these days, anyone can access an education from any location. The online economy is booming with job opportunities, and many people feel that they are more productive working remotely. Many individuals choose to work for themselves by freelancing, and can make a generous income if they're willing to put the work in. But how do they do it? Education You don’t need to look very far to discover the wide range of online learning opportunities that will give you the skills you need to work for yourself. Even sites like YouTube have entire educational channels dedicated to helping people learn a certain skill. Many self-educated people have used the internet to achieve the same level of education and training as a college graduate, minus the pricey tuition expenses. Freelancers and employers alike are beginning to see the value of online education. There are several reputable websites that offer affordable and even free courses. Of course, it’s good to be cautious of where your online education is coming from. It's always a good idea to research the program or course to ensure that it's reliable and will be recognized by employers. Distance learning is increasingly popular among university students with busy schedules. These days, most students have to work part-time in order to pay for their studies. If the concept of going back to school for a degree seems daunting, you should look into universities that offer distance courses that can be completed online during your free time, giving you a more flexible schedule. Imagine completing a degree from your laptop while backpacking across Southeast Asia - it's not just a pipe dream anymore! Work You can forget about being tied down to an office job. The internet has opened the door to a massive freelancing job market with many lucrative opportunities. Getting into freelancing can be challenging at first, but if you're willing to put the proper research and networking into it, you can establish your reputation as a professional freelancer in no time. The only drawback to freelancing is the lack of a pension and benefits, which some people may find difficult because it offers less stability. But it allows entrepreneurs to work on their own terms and be their own boss, so if freedom is your number one concern, freelancing is a good gig. Want the benefits of working online, but with the security of full-time employment? Thankfully, there are now many companies that happily let employees work remotely, and do business online. The savings in office space and supplies alone can save a company thousands, if not millions, in the long run. Many studies also suggest that employees are happier and more productive when given the freedom to work online or remotely. According to a report by the New York Times, nearly 43 percent of employees do at least some of their work remotely. The study found that “employees who spend three to four days off-site report feeling most engaged at work.” Not only does working online benefit employees, but also businesses. Plus, with the latest document management and collaboration tech tools, anyone can perform their work duties easily from any location. Discover how you can benefit from working and learning online with handy programs like PDFelement. From taking notes in a PDF doc while studying, to filling out business forms electronically, or even creating a travel itinerary from scratch, you'll have all the tools you need to live life on your terms. Enjoy the freedom to travel more, spend more time with your friends and family, and learning about topics that actually interest you. The possibilities are endless with PDFelement.
  7. Going green can save money, the environment, and ultimately employee productivity. An average tree produces roughly 16 reams of paper, or 8,000 sheets. That’s almost as much as the average office worker will consume annually. Depending on the size of your business and number of office-based employees, your company could be consuming hundreds, if not thousands, of trees each year. According to Record Nationals, the US alone uses nearly 68 million trees each year to sustain it’s growing paper consumption. In fact, Americans account for one-third of paper usage, despite holding only 5% of the world's population. This is a serious environmental and financial concern. Going paperless can be extremely beneficial to any large or small business. First of all, there are cost savings. Paper costs money, and printer ink costs more. As your business grows, you will have to manage larger volumes of documentation. Converting your files over to digital will not only cut supply costs, but also save the storage space required to file a large amount of paperwork. It is easier, and significantly cheaper, to manage and store digital files on a secure, reliable server. The money saved from going paperless can be reinvested into the company and into a better working environment for your employees. Another major benefit to going paperless is that it causes a boost in productivity. Digitizing your documents makes information more accessible and easier to find. When employees are less busy sifting through drawers of paperwork they can spend more time doing more valuable work. The efficiency gained by going paperless can be a great morale booster. After all, no one enjoys trudging through paperwork. Performing administrative tasks with PDFs and digital formats makes things easier and allows your business to function more smoothly. Recruiting the next generation of talent means looking to the future, and the future of business is digital. When employees have access to resources online, it gives them the flexibility to be more mobile. There are many benefits to working remotely. A paperless office gives employees the option to work from home or on the go. Employees who are given the option to do some of their work away from the office report a better work-life balance. The resulting reduction in commute times, sleep deprivation, and stress levels creates happier and healthier employees who are able to perform better at work. When employees are less weighed down with tedious, paper-pushing tasks, they can spend more time doing fulfilling work, such as brainstorming and creative tasks that help them come up with innovative ideas. Countless studies show that increased employee morale leads to greater production and ultimately a more competitive business. When people believe their work is meaningful, they are automatically motivated to complete more tasks. Creating a work environment that is sustainable, efficient, and modern is important to worker satisfaction, and going paperless is a fantastic way to do that. At the end of the day, it’s the employees that make the company. Giving them the tools they need to work more efficiently and be a part of a sustainable, modern work environment will boost morale, cut costs, and lead to better productivity. Learn how PDFelement can help you go paperless and enrich your business! Whether you want to digitally edit PDF files, convert scanned files to PDF, or fill out and sign forms electronically, PDFelement has all the tools you need to take the paper out of paperwork.
  8. PDFelement

    4 Benefits to Working Remotely

    Who hasn’t fantasized about breaking free from the confines of the office from time to time? The freedom and the flexibility of working remotely from wherever you’d like is certainly an appealing idea to many, especially when it comes to the younger generations.  Luckily, with today’s growing trend of virtual offices and remote workplaces, even if it’s only on an occasional basis, many companies are now open to the option of telecommuting and letting their employees work from home, and away from the traditional office setting to allow for more flexibility in schedules or improve productivity. This is especially beneficial for someone who does creative work. Sitting in an office isn’t always the most inspiring environment for coming up with brilliant ideas, and as someone who works in the creative field of marketing myself, I can vouch for this fact. Getting inspired by the world around you is usually the best way to come up with great ideas, and it’s often hard to do that while sitting at a desk. With the rise in popularity of working remotely, the important question that still remains is whether virtual offices are actually effective. And a lot of data points to yes. Here are just a few of the benefits: Environmental benefits An article from Chron notes that virtual work benefits the environment because fewer people are traveling in cars, busesand trains, which lowers the amount of vehicle emissions and decreases fuel usage. As a commuter myself, there’s no question that eliminating a daily commute from my schedule would hugely benefit my working life, both for the amount of time itsaves, and for the fact that it would greatly lessen my carbon footprint. With global warming being such an important issue, cutting down fuel emissions by working remotely is a benefit for everyone. Productivity Hours aren’t wasted commuting, so more time can be devoted to getting work done, without the added distractions from coworkers as well. According to this survey by TinyPulse, respondents working remotely are happier, feel more valued, and are overwhelmingly more productive. In fact, when respondents were asked the question “Do you believe you get more work done when working remotely?” 91% of them answered yes. “About 66% of the respondents to a FlexJobs’ survey said that they are more productive when they are not in the office. Why is that? Well, 76% said there are fewer distractions overall, and 70% wanted to avoid the stresses of commuting. Other reasons for toiling off-site were to avoid office politics (69%), be in a quieter environment (62%), wear more comfortable clothes (54%), have less frequent meetings (46%), or personalize their office environments (51%).” Better work-life balance Virtual offices provide more flexibility and the ability to create your own hours, allowing you to spend more time with family and friends. This is especially important for millennials, who place a higher importance on work-life balance than earlier generations, likely because it gives them more time to care for young children or aging baby boomer parents. The benefits of work-life balance for employees also include reducing stress, improving personal well-being, improvinglong term health and eliminating the need to take many sick days, offering autonomy and personal employee growth, and increasing focus. But there are also benefits for employers too. On top of employees being more productive, there is less turn-over, and an improved company reputation. However the different parties don’t necessarily agree on what constitutes as enough of when it comes to work-life balance. “A 2015 Workplace Study revealed that 67% of employers feel that their workers have a work-life balance, while 45% of employees disagree.” There are many things employers could do to fix this statistic, such as offering the ability to take unpaid leave, having senior managers model work-life balance in their own schedules, or setting clear boundaries by not re sponding to work emails during their time off. Employee retention Since virtual offices provide more schedule flexibility and the comfort of being able to work independently, it only makes sense that this results in higher employee retention. According to The Balance, telecommuting and flextime appeals to younger, more technically savvy generation of workers. So if your company hopes to attract and recruit this demographic, then an employee benefit package that allows for flexible schedules and remote work options would be a plus. This virtual office arrangement won’t necessarily work for every type of job, or every type of employee. But with the growing number of remote workers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs that are starting to pop up in today’s workforce, it makes sense that this arrangement should be seriously considered by employers. And along with employers evolving, business software products need to evolve to support this too. PDF editing software is no exception, as employees working remotely need full mobile support while working with PDFs on the go. Fortunately, mobility is an area where PDFelement has you covered! Read, edit, convert and sign PDF files professionally while working remotely from any desktop, laptop, or iOS/Android device with our mobile app. By using PDFelement, you can experience the environmental benefits, higher productivity, and greater work life balance that comes with working from home. Enjoy the ability to: • Read PDFs Remotely Got a notification during your grocery shopping about a second draft that requires urgent attention? No worries, quickly scan the PDF on your mobile device! • Edit PDFs Remotely You can edit text creatively and professionally – all from the comfort of your own couch, with no mouse needed. Improve the look and feel by changing font style and colors easily without losing formatting. • Collaborate Remotely Perform markups and edits by using tools to highlight, underline, or strikethrough text. This could be done over breakfast or on the bus! You can even use a freehand drawing tool or sticky notes. • Take Snapshots of PDFs Remotely Snap a photo with your mobile device, and easily convert it into a professional looking PDF document that can be shared with your colleagues or clients in seconds. • Export PDFs Remotely Convert PDFs individually or in batches to other file formats like Microsoft® Word, Excel®, Power Point®, HTML, Image and more. • Sign Forms Remotely Add text into fillable text fields, insert a picture of your hand written signature, or draw a pixel-perfect signature on the touch screen. With the use of mobile document editing apps, professionals on the go can have all the tools they need to get their work done outside of the office, no matter what kind of worker they are. • Seamlessly Switch Between Devices on iOS Create and edit a PDF file on your desktop, and then easily switch to viewing and editing it on your mobile device once you are out of the office! Already working remotely? Let us know your thoughts on working with PDFs on the go below! Enhance your telecommuting experience with PDFelement. Download our desktop and mobile apps (Android and iOS) today. By Emily Byrne, Content Marketing Specialist at PDFelement
  9. International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th, and PDFelement would like to celebrate all the women working in the tech industry. With offices across Asia and North America, we see the importance of equality and we value the diversity of our teams. As a millennial, I’m pretty familiar with the stress of finding a stable career path. Full-time, well-paying positions with room for growth seem few and far between these days, a fact I think many recent college grads are familiar with. I racked my brain trying to think of which industry would be best suited for me to put my communications and marketing skills to good use. It dawned on me that in today’s tech-dependent society, a career in tech is probably one of few areas that still offers a lot of stability and opportunity. With perks that are hard to find elsewhere – room to grow, high demand, a solidpay check, and a chance to help create something that has a huge impact on society – it seemed like the answers to my prayers. I now find myself in a great marketing role within the tech field, and there are a ton of things I love about it. But there’s just one problem. Even though the tech industry is widely progressive in many ways, it is still lagging behind when it comes to equality. The gender gap that exists within tech is a huge example of this, which is a shame since it may prevent many women from breaking into a rewarding industry. Did you know: Women average only 30% of the workforce across major tech companies Women hold only17% of the tech jobs at Google, 15% at Facebook, and 10% at Twitter Of the 41 Fortune 500 companies in the technology sector, only five have a female CEO Only 14.3% of board seats of the top 100 tech companies are held by women. If you’re not satisfied with these statistics, you’re not alone. In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, here are 5 reasons why women should pursue a career in tech! 5 Reasons you should become a woman in tech: 1. You can offer a fresh and unique perspective as an avid female user of technology The emerging start-up culture of the tech industry encourages more open discussion. They want to give employees an open arena for sharing innovative ideas and making their thoughts heardtoo, because those opinions are valuable. With less of a hierarchy and less red tape to cut through, tech firms welcome new perspectives, and as a female, you can use this to your advantage to speak up. According to a report by Parks Associates, more women than men are downloading movies and music; women do the majority of game-playing across some platforms; and women have higher “purchase intentions” than men do when it comes to some electronics. With these statistics, it’s clear that not only will you be paving the way forward for other ladies, but you’ll be contributing to creating more valuable tech products as well. 2. You can forge your own path with flexible work opportunities The start-up culture in many tech firms also lends to a more lenient view on what job flexibility means. Many tech firms offer flex hours, more vacation time, or the ability to telecommute or work from home. Whether you have outside commitments such as children, or your own freelance business, many believe a career in tech could be the perfect way to balance a rewarding career with an enriched personal life through flexible working options. According to this article, flexibility in the workplace could hugely effect women. Manar Morales, president and CEO of the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, notes that technology and globalization are similarly changing the way work is organized in a host of other sectors. This could reduce the reward of long face-time hours and lead to more gender equality in a number of occupations. 3. There will always be plenty of financially rewarding jobs available Because of the growing nature of the tech industry, there won’t be a shortage of job opportunities any time soon. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, the tech industry is one of very few industries where demand is higher than supply when it comes to hiring. While the overall unemployment rate is between 9% to 10% and companies everywhere are figuring out how to do more work with less personnel, the tech industry is currently one of the only industries that is hiring. Plus, new markets are constantly opening up, and if you have the right skills to get the job done, it’s more than likely that it won’t be long before you’re making a substantial salary. 4. You’ll learn many new skills that can transfer across other jobs and industries Just as you can leverage your current transferable skills to break into the tech industry, you’ll also gain a lot of transferable skills while you’re there. On top of technical skills, most people who work in tech will end up gaining soft skills like marketing and PR skills, product management abilities, research skills, data analysis skills, and social media capabilities, all of which are useful across almost any role or industry. Plus, “the emergence of soft skills as a cornerstone of success in the technical professions is even being leveraged as a way to attract more women into the STEM sector.” 5. You will make a difference According to the Atlantic, while 57 percent of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in computing occupations, that figure is only 25%. And it’s not just in tech – a gender gap is the reality within several industries, including many of the STEM fields. By applying to tech jobs that interest you, mentoring other females who hold an interest in the industry, and doing everything you can to make changes from within a company, you can go to sleep at night knowing that not only did you help pave the way for future generations of females in tech, but also females in the workforce as a whole. As part of the PDFelement team, I’ve seen firsthand how a fresh perspective and workplace diversity can contribute to innovation in creating unique and simple software products. Our main goal at PDFelement is to create products that bring simplicity to the life of every type of user, no matter their age, gender, or background. And with women making up a large portion of our user base, having a female perspective when it comes to designing or marketing the features of our product, or any tech product, is key. “At Wondershare, we passionately believe in the power of diversity, and with our global workforce we strive to include ideas and perspectives from every type of user, including women. We’ve hired many outstanding females who want to help us create simple solutions for everyday life challenges. By providing the right environments, programs, and policies, we support all women in pursuing their goals.” – Summer Qin, Director of Overseas Marketing & Sales Interested in breaking into the tech industry? Learn more about PDFelement, or leave a comment below! By Emily Byrne, Content Marketing Specialist at PDFelement
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    Another One - iTech Vancouver 2017

    In November, the PDFelement team exhibited at iTech Conference in Vancouver, BC. For those unfamiliar, iTech is Canada’s largest IT Infrastructure, Cloud and Mobility Conference that takes place in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. The best part was that it is free to attend, so anyone interested in the field could come and check out the latest technological trends and other cool projects that the vendors have been working on. Our booth was right next to the speaker’s area. This meant that we were in the best location to watch the keynote speakers while speaking with all the lovely visitors that stopped by our booth! It was an early morning, but the iTech team was thoughtful, and had a full coffee and tea bar available for the whole day. After some caffeine, our team was awake enough to smile, chat, and hand out stress balls! Throughout the whole day, we had a blast talking to IT professionals, students, and other vendors and learned about their experience in the field. Favourite Swag The best about part of any IT conference are the gifts that vendors give out. iTech Vancouver was no different! After checking out each booth, we have a list of personal favourites: 1) Suse’s Gecko Soft, cute, and green…a loveable companion for your desk. To receive this special buddy, you needed to ask a Suse representative a question that they deemed meaningful and unique – which must’ve been tough since they’re all so experienced and knowledgeable in the field! 2) ERA’s Recycled Keychains The creative team from Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) were giving away upcycled motherboard keychains! Because they work with local individuals and organization to manage the process of retiring IT assets, they also brought their data destruction machine and gave us a chance to experience hardware destruction for ourselves! 3) Carbonite’s phone wiping cloth Carbonite knows that none of us can bear to be apart from our phone for long periods of time, so our devices collect lots of fingerprints and dust. I stuck my phone wiper to the back of my cell so that I can give it a nice wipe once a day! Favourite display s Some vendors brought things up a notch and brought creative displays to attract visitors to their booth. These definitely worked for us: 1) TerraGo Right across from us was TerraGo, and they set up a pitch and putt station. One of our team members, Ray, got the ball in on his first shot. They were also giving out large cookies all day long. Food and games was definitely a good combination! 2) Geist Geist brought a giant power bar display to showcase their various products. It was definitely a conversation starter. 3) PDFelement Of course, after all the hard work we put into our booth, I am a bit biased when I say that the PDFelement booth was one of my favourites. We had a comfortable, tall table, a beautiful banner, live demos, and stress balls. We were also giving away an iPad Mini! We just wanted to take a moment to thank iTech for having us and for making sure that everyone had enough coffee to last us through the day. We also wanted to thank everyone who visited our booth and took the time to take a look at our live demos and asked questions. This was our second conference, so these events are still a new and different experience as we are used to connecting with people over the phone, email, social media, or our forum. Our team agreed that having in-pers on conversations definitely beats online ones! I was constantly overwhelmed by how genuinely interested the attendees were in getting to know us as well as our product. We’re looking forward to connecting more with Vancouver and the community in the upcoming year. Were you also at #iTech2017? What was your favourite part? Drop a comment below! *Written by Rebecca Chen, Community Manager at PDFelement
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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
  12. 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: Mouse Triggers

    What are mouse triggers? What do they do? Why are there six different actions? 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! I only recently joined the PDFelement Team as the Community Manager at the beginning of the summer. My first task was to learn how to use the software. I was nervous, as it was a program I have never used before, and I wanted to be a quick learner. Our Brand Managers, Melissa and Faisal, both suggested that the best way to learn PDFelement was to click through all the tabs on the program and play with every function. They promised that I would feel like a pro in no time, since PDFelement had such a low learning curve. And so I went through the software and built a form, extracted data, and learned what Bates Numbering was for the first time. After a few days, I felt like I had the gist of the program. There were just a few functions, such as mouse triggers, that I could not figure out. I was inspired to write this article because I am sure that there are many more minor details in the software that may be confusing but are left unquestioned… Mouse Triggers Admittedly, I ignored these for a time, because really, I only needed one action to get the form to do what I wanted. But my curiosity got the better of me, and I figured that many of you have wondered the same thing and wanted answers. I got in touch with Daphne, a really experienced customer service representative (you can find her on our forum!) who has been here for a while and knows the ins and outs of the software. I could hear her chuckling as she typed, “The triggers are a little tough to explain but let me try…” After reading her explanations (more than twice for some of them), and experimenting in the software, I have attempted to answer for you what exactly these things mean by setting up a scenario: I am setting up checkboxes and a button on my form. I want the action to trigger the opening of a different web page. 1) Mouse up The release after clicking/checking the box. So literally, after the mouse’s button goes up. 2) Mouse down Mouse click in the checkbox. Literally, the mouse’s button goes down. 3) Mouse enter Moving the pointer so that it enters the checkbox. 4) Mouse exit When the pointer leaves the checkbox. 5) On focus: The checkbox has been clicked and is being focused on. 6) On blur: The button is out of focus because another place or button has been clicked. How many of these did you already figure out? Which ones would you never have guessed? Drop your answer in the comments below, and make sure you let us know what other functions you want to learn more about!
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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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