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  1. As part of our Back to School promotion running until September 14th, we are highlighting the ways that PDF software can be useful when it comes to your education. This week, we outline the top 5 uses of PDF editors for students! It's that time of year again - time to get ready to head back into the classroom and start another semester of assignments. Ever tried completing an assignment in PDF format or signing a PDF application form electronically? If so, you’re likely aware that editing a pdf can be difficult without the right software. We all know that students barely have enough time as it is, and the little time they do have should not be wasted trying to figure out how to edit a PDF. With a decent pdf editing tool, you don’t have to go through the hassle of having to print a form, complete it by hand and scan it back onto your device before sending it back. Here are the top five ways pdf editing tools can make your life easier as a student: 1. For collaborating on group projects Pdf editors allow you to create pdfs from scratch, scanned hard copies, or convert digital documents. Top pdf editors also include OCR technology that allows you to edit scanned text, and they let you easily transfer PDFs from your device to other devices and vice versa. This means you can fill out your assignment in pdf on your desktop at home, et view it just as easily on your smartphone. Plus, you can easily collaborate with your classmates as well, by using annotation markup tools such as highlighting, commenting, and more. This way each member can participate in the review process for a group project. 2. For converting files to different formats A good pdf editing tool allows you to export pdfs into other editable formats like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, HTML, or plain text, maintaining the original files hyperlinks, images, and other elements, while preserving the original formatting. You can also convert other file formats to PDF effortlessly, still retaining the same formatting and look as the original. Perhaps you did a class presentation in PowerPoint, but want to preserve the slides later in PDF format. This is easy to do with tools like PDFelement. 3. For the ability to compress assignments and share them easily Most pdf editors allow you to compress and reduce large pdf files to optimum sizes so that they can be easily stored and shared in smaller capacity without compromising their quality. This can come handy when you want to send assignments to professors via emails or when you need to upload a large Dropbox file for your group project. 4. For reading e-books and online content Most pdf editing tools come with relevant layouts and settings that offer you advanced reading experience with smooth scrolling and fast search. If any of your textbooks are online, or if you need to view online PDF content, you can do so easily with tools like PDFelement. 5. For form filling With PDFelement, you can create or edit PDF forms easily, either from scratch, from a template, or by converting a Word doc to a PDF form using automatic form field recognition. This is really helpful if you need to complete an application form such as a student loan request, request to get entry into a campus club, or request to get entry into a program. Plus, with digital signatures, you can electronically sign the form and it will be legally binding. We hope PDFelement will help make your school year a little easier! If you have any other tips for students, let us know in the comments below! And remember to check out our Back to School promotion and discover how you can save big!
  2. Continuing on with the Back to School theme (PS: there’s still time to get your discount), we’ve got another blog post for those eager returning students! Today we discuss how technology increases your ability to learn. With technological advancements, the field of education has undergone an evolution. Technology and education now go hand-in-hand as, and technology brings greater access to educational tools than was ever available before. With this technological shift, many people have wondered, does technology actually help people learn? Or does it serve as more of a distraction that takes away the need for personalization and social skills? The truth is, there’s a reason why technology is being used so heavily in the classroom these days to assist with learning, and in our minds, the benefits of technology outweigh the cons when it comes to education. Here are just a few of the ways technology tools can help people learn: 1. Higher quality learning material that’s easily accessible Teachers can now present a much fuller spectrum of information to their students, thanks to many tools and informational material found online. They can also use presentation tools to aid them in creating more visually appealing and interactive presentations for their students. Teachers can also learn the topics more easily themselves before they present it in class, and prepare for any questions that students might have for them. ' 2. It’s easier for students to voice their opinions With more technological tools now available, students can now participate, without necessarily having to speak up in class. Students feel more comfortable contributing to classroom discussions through things like online chat tools and discussion forums. This is especially helpful for more reserved students who might have opinions or questions, but don’t want to bring them up in front of an entire classroom full of people. Plus, instead of submitting paper assignments, classwork can be e-mailed to the instructor. Students can contact their teacher and discuss any problems that they might have at any time. 3. Allows for interactive learning sessions Multiple tools are currently available to help enhance learning and make the process more interactive for both teachers and students. These include: Online collaboration tools: Students can share and edit documents through a common platform. This saves time and allows for the collaborative generation of ideas. Presentation software: PowerPoint and other similar presentation tools can be used both by the instructor and students to present topics using high-definition pictures and videos, animations, GIFs, and more. Visually aids help make the presentation more interesting and the information more memorable. Tablets: These can be connected to a PC, cloud, or projector to display and share information with exciting visual aids as well. Course management tools: These digital tools allow teachers to organize class-related data including grading systems, syllabus, document sharing, etc. One such example is Canvas, though there are many others. Smartphones: A class group may be created on any chatting platform which allows for sharing of information quickly and easily. Lecture capture tools: This allows you to record lectures and then upload them online, making information readily available for a wider audience. As you can see, technology can make the learning process a lot easier and more accessible for both students and teachers. It can also cut down on classroom costs and time wasted. Even parents can log on to the school website and check their child’s progress. With everything from online development workshops to even tools like PDFelement where students can easily collaborate, fill forms, or convert files, you can learn so much and get so much done, often with just the click of a button. All in all, technology can facilitate learning more easily than ever before. Though some people feel it has some detractions. such as hindering interpersonal skills, there are still clear benefits that can’t be ignored. What are your thoughts on the role of technology in education? Let us know in the comments!
  3. Creating a fillable spreadsheet or invoice? Want to make sure that the person filling in the document doesn’t mess up the calculations? This is a good opportunity to use the calculation tools in PDFelement! You can easily set the text fields to calculate the sum, product, average, maximum, and minimum values. After months of seeing requests on the forum for the option to subtract and divide on forms, subtraction and division for form calculation has now been added to PDFelement Windows in version 6.8.0! Hooray! Understandably, since these are new functions, there has been some confusion surrounding them. So, here is a quick guide on how to utilize the different form calculation tools: The Basics: Sum, Product, Average, Maximum, Minimum These calculation functions that have always been part of PDFelement. The process is relatively simple and similar: Step 1: Create or edit your forms under the “Form” tab. Make sure that the “Form Edit” button has been selected. Step 2: Once you have laid out your text fields and are ready to set the calculations, double click or right-click on the text field where you would like to display the total amount. This will bring up the “Properties” menu. Step 3: Select the “Calculate” tab in the properties menu. Select the second option and pick your method of calculation from the drop-down menu. Step 4: Select all the boxes on the form that contribute to that final text box. Click “OK” and close the Properties menu. Your commands have now been saved. To test: Select the “Close Form Editing” icon and fill in your form. Sum sample: New Form Calculation Operations: Subtraction and Division The steps for using subtr action and division are like those above. Once you go into the Properties menu, and go into the “Calculate” tab, choose the third option – “simplified field notation” – at the bottom and manually input the calculation formula. Tips: Use “-“ for subtraction and “/” for division When making your own simplified field notation, make sure that the names of the text boxes match completely, including spacing and capitalization. Otherwise, the software won’t register the box. Some odd symbols may pop up when you use division (such as the example below), but don’t worry about this. Just continue to type in your numbers and the final total will appear once all the text fields have been filled. This is how you can set up calculations in PDFelement for Windows. Any questions or tutorial requests? Comment below! We also have an online forum where you can get your PDFelement questions answered. See you there!
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