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As you’ve probably heard, the purpose of GDPR is to protect EU citizens from organizations that might use their data irresponsibly. In today’s blog post, we’ll cover what this recent regulation means to IT Professionals, what their biggest challenges are, and how PDFelement can help! EU citizens now have the authority to decide what information to share with organizations, how and where to share it, and whether they want to delete their personal information from any database if they so choose. GDPR and the IT Professional With GDPR replacing the Data Protection Act of 1998, it becomes more critical that businesses, especially IT services, should know everything they need to about the changes that have been brought forth inlegislation. Better understanding means better compliance with the regulations and fewer chances of penalties. Challenges of existing approaches to documents for IT Professionals Document storage: Every item of personal information that you store in printed or digital documents is subject to GDPR regulations. Typically, files are stored in a range of different formats, including: – • Editable documents (such as Microsoft Word files) that can be easily edited, and are therefore insecure • Unencrypted PDF files with no access control Document sharing: Internal collaboration sees documents shared across multiple locations – with little or no user accountability. In addition, many businesses share entire documents as a matter of process, even if only one piece of the document is truly relevant to processing. Meanwhile, the growth in sharing via email and cloud services has also dramatically increased the risk of data leakage. Human error accounts for a large proportion of data breaches and most documents can be opened by anyone that has access to the file. 5 Ways PDFelement can help: 1. Conversion of all Office document file types to PDFs – Getting documents out of paper and into digital office files is an essential first step toward GDPR compliance. PDFelement allows you to create industry standard PDF files that are fully compliant with all PDF viewers on virtually any device. • Batch PDF creation from over 300 file formats • Print to PDF from almost any application 2. Data Redaction Redacting data can allow companies to remove the sensitive or identifying data, without removing the entire record. This makes the process simpler and less invasive. 3. Encryption and Password Protection Encrypt documents with 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption levels, and permissions settings to control the viewing, printing, and modification of files. 4. Convert scanned documents into editable PDF files A paper-free office has long been a dream for many people. Quickly convert paper documents into searchable and editable PDF files you can organize, share and protect. 5. Archiving PDF/A is an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) specialized for use in the archiving and long-term preservation of electronic documents. Make sure you stay up-to-date with this important privacy protection legislation! If you have any other tips let us know in the comments below.
Do you have a lot of PDFs that you need to perform the same action on repeatedly? Chances are, you’d benefit from using our batch processing function! Batch processes let you select multiple files and perform the same action on all of them in one go. This saves a lot of time and clicking. However, while reviewing our forum, I’ve noticed a bit of confusion when it comes to using our batch process feature. The answer is Yes. Yes, you can. I’m aware that within every batch process, there are many nitty gritty little things that aren’t exactly intuitive. So, with this blog post, I’ll thoroughly explain each type of process. If you’re still unsure after reading this post, or if you think of other questions, always feel free to comment below! To use the batch process feature, you’ll need to take the following steps: Steps 1. Select the files you want to convert. They must be in PDF format already. Otherwise you won’t be able to select or open them in the program. 2. Select your preferences from the right-hand side 3. Pick a convenient location on your computer to save all the files 4. Begin batch processing However, the options available for each action are varied! Convert This is a good tool to use when you have a lot of PDFs that you want to convert into the same format separately. Within this tool, you can choose: Filetype: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Image, ePub, Text, Pages, HTML, RTF Languages OCR Range: you can pick the range of pages you would like to perform OCR on Data Extraction A doctor’s office or law firm (or any business with clients for that matter) that collects forms, contracts, or invoices would find data extraction extremely useful for gathering all the information you need into one convenient location. I will release a separate post on data extraction in the near future, but it’s important to note that the end document after performing data extraction will be an excel sheet where each row contains information from a different form. Within this tool, you can choose to: Extract data from PDF form fields If your PDF form has form fields, the software will be able to easily grab the data from each field Extract data from scanned PDF If your form was scanned and does not have electronic form fields, you can manually mark up the areas to be extracted. Of course, for this to work, you need to make sure that all the forms have the same layout. OCR If you have multiple documents that you need to perform OCR on, I would just load it all up and then go take a coffee break. The OCR process can take a few minutes! Within this tool, you can choose: Language How much you want to compress the file: 72 dpi, 150 dpi, 300 dpi, 600 dpi OCR Setting: Editable – The text on the PDF will be replaced with real text that can be edited Searchable – The words on the PDF will be searchable but you won’t be able to edit them. Bates Numbering This is a great tool for anyone working in the legal industry, since you have a lot of documents that need to be labelled with Bates Numbering. With this feature, you can choose: Source A Bates numbering setting that you have saved previously Which alignment you would like the header to be in (Left, Right, Center) Option to add the Date or Bates numbering Text: select font, size, color Appearance Date format Option to shrink the document to avoid overwriting its text and graphics Option to keep the position and size of header/footer text constant when printing on different page sizes. Position Finetune the margins Watermark With this process, you have the option of removing or adding watermarks in bulk to the documents that you would like to protect. Removing is straightforward – you just select the files with watermarks that you want to remove and select the location where you want the files to be saved to. Adding a watermark has additional choices: Source Option to select a pre-saved watermark Option to create text to use as watermark or upload image or PDF from your computer. Appearance Option to rotate the watermark Adjust opacity Size in relation to page Location Option to keep the position and size of header/footer text constant when printing on different page sizes Position The page is split into 9 grids and you can select which section the watermark will appear on Finetune the position of the watermark on the page Select the pages that you would like the watermark to appear on: range, even, or odd pages Encryption You can use this feature to protect your files and give full access to a select audience. This is good when you are emailing important forms or contracts. This way, only the sender and the receiver have access to sensitive or confidential information. Encryption selection: Document Open Dictate whether readers need a password to open your documents. If yes, set your desired password. Permissions If you choose to restrict aspects of editing and printing of the document, you can set a password so that only certain people with access to the password can print or edit the document. You can restrict the ability to: Print in high resolution Insert, delete, and rotate pages Fill forms Sign forms Review forms Page extraction Encryption Level Options You can select your encryption level: 128-bit RC4, 128-bit AES, 256-bit AES Tips: The Windows version of the batch processing feature is more or less the same. There are some additional features here and there; feel free to click around and explore! While you can upload an unlimited number of files to the screen, a user pointed out that there seems to be a 500-file limit to what can be processed. So, we did a few tests and found this to be the case. Just something to be aware of! Still confused? Have more questions? 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