PDF files are indispensable in business, but it's a rare PC user who doesn't encounter the Adobe file format at some point, and PDFs will certainly become more common, not less. Developers offer a dizzying array of PDF tools, often bundled together for greater value. One such bundle is Docudesk's PDF Essentials Plus, which combines the company's deskPDF Professional PDF authoring tool with deskUNPDF Professional, its PDF conversion utility. The combination allows you to create feature-rich PDFs that are fully compatible with Adobe and other PDF applications, as well as convert PDFs to various formats, including … Read more
Adobe Reader will soon have an additional layer of protection against the many attacks that target the popular PDF viewer.
Adobe Systems is borrowing a page from Microsoft's and Google's playbook by turning to sandboxing technology designed to isolate code from other parts of the computer.
Adobe is adding a "Protected Mode" to the next release of Adobe Reader for Windows due out some time this year, said Brad Arkin, director of product security and privacy at Adobe. The feature will be enabled by default and included in Adobe Reader browser plug-ins for all the major … Read more
The stable version of Google Chrome received multiple security fixes this week, including four rated as "high," while the developer's version adopted an interface tweak to create more room for extension icons.
Google Chrome dev 6.0.453.1 for Windows, Mac, and Linux consolidates the former page control menu into the customization menu that's accessible from the wrench icon. This clears space on the toolbar for an extra extension icon, as well as giving a stronger visual presence to the cut, copy, and paste options, page zoom controls, and the full screen view toggle. Other … Read more
This hint requires a Mac using the latest version of iTunes and an iOS 4-compatible device with iBooks 1.1 installed. Once you've completed each step, you will be able to save Web sites, documents, or any other data that any Mac OS X application allows to be printed to PDF directly into iTunes for … Read more
Foxit Reader has long been the most visible Windows alternative to Adobe Reader, but in the latest update this popular freeware falters. How far it's stumbled depends on how annoyed you get at installation shenanigans. Granted, there are some useful new features added, but where the jump from version 2 to version 3 cut bloat while adding in a few features, version 4 adds some new features while also throwing some unpleasant curve balls your way.
The setup process has grown more cumbersome, without a doubt. It automatically will check you into the Foxit license agreement, and users are … Read more
Spireframe's PDF Prime is an efficient, standalone utility that can merge, split, lock, and unlock PDF files, the basic functions most users need most often. Instead of spending valuable time learning how to do a simple job with a complex application (or worse, relearning it) you can opt for a simple tool like PDF Prime and be finished and on to the next task.
PDF Prime has a very basic and businesslike dialog-based interface; just a toolbar with a few large icons labeled Merge, Split, Lock, and Unlock, and a simple file menu that essentially duplicates the control icon'… Read more
PDFs are common in the business world, yet full-featured PDF software is often expensive. Developers have responded with an army of specialized utilities designed to do one or two things as quickly and easily as possible. PDFArea's PDF Protection Remover is a good example. It removes encryption from protected PDF files, including copy, print, and edit protection.
PDF Protection Remover's skinnable interface is just what we like to see in a utility designed to save time and enhance productivity by simplifying common processes: just the basics, clearly laid out. The controls couldn't be simpler, either: Add, Remove, … Read more
GoodReader? They should call it GreatReader! OK, pardon the lame joke, but what is arguably the best document viewer currently available for the iPad just got better.
The app already excels at bringing all kinds of files to your iPad: Office and iWork documents, PDFs, text files, HTML pages, photos, music, and videos.
It does this using any number of connectivity options. You can set up a temporary Wi-Fi connection to your PC, browse a Web site or specific URL, or pull files from just about any online source: mail and FTP servers, Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs, iDisk, and … Read more
Digital watermarks can help secure critical documents, whether they're business documents, creative property, or personal records. A-PDF Watermark adds digital watermarks to PDF files, singly or in batches. Watermarks can be logos, text, a date/time stamp, page number, image, and more. The program can also label the file's status, stamp files, and enable watermark manipulation within PDFs. It can even import and export watermarks and print without saving, two enterprise-class features.
A-PDF Watermark's interface is typical of recent Windows apps, a clean, efficient, familiar setup that, together with PDF-based Help file and demos, makes this program … Read more