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Utilities for PDF files
For many years, PDF files have been one of the mostrncommonly-used file formats for storing documents. When it comes to PDF files, Acrobat Reader arguably gets the most attention, but there are numerous other applicationsrnand utilities available for viewing, editing, and converting PDF files. Here are five such utilities.
1. Free PDF to JPG
Free PDF to JPG is a free utility for converting a PDF file into a JPG image.
Free PDF to JPG conversion
In addition, this utility can convert PDF files to BMP, PNG, or TIFF formats.
Free PDF to JPG documents
Converted documents can adhere to the default size, or you can choose from three other standard images sizes. Probably the best thing about this utility is that you can perform batch conversions.
2. DeskPDF Studio X
DeskPDF Studio X is a utility for creating, editing, and even signing PDF files. It costs $79.95 (USD), but a free 10-dayrntrial version is available for download.
DeskPDF Studio X document
DeskPDF Studio X is a very feature-rich application that offers numerous capabilities. The software allows PDFs to be created from just about any type of file, and you can also convert PDFs to Microsoft office documents, HTML, XML, or to various image formats.
DeskPDF Studio X functionality
The software also contains functionality that allows you to create PDF forms containing interactive objects, such as check boxes.
DeskPDF Studio X Scan and OCR
The Scan and OCR tab.
DeskPDF Studio X Security
The Security tab.
DeskPDF Studio X Forms
The Forms tab.
DeskPDF Studio X Review
The Review tab.
DeskPDF Studio X Create and Convert
The Create and Convert tab.
3. Wondershare PDF Editor
Wondershare PDF Editor is a utility for creating, editing, and converting PDF files. It costs $59.95 (USD), but a free trialrnversion is available for download. Documents that are converted using the trialrnversion contain watermarks.
Wondershare PDF Editor document
The Wondershare PDF Editor’s feature set is actually very similar to that of DeskPDF Studio X, but I found Wondershare’s interface to be slightly more intuitive.
Wondershare PDF Editor capability
Wondershare PDF Editor has a very intuitive interface.
Wondershare PDF Editor OCR
One of Wondershare PDF Editor’s coolest features (that also exists in DeskPDF Studio X) is its OCR capabilities. If you scan paperrndocuments to create PDFs, Wondershare can perform optical character recognitionrnon the document as a way of making it editable and searchable.
Wondershare PDF Editor Comment
Wondershare PDF Editor Comment tab.
Wondershare PDF Editor Protect
Wondershare PDF Editor Protect tab.
Wondershare PDF Editor Stamp
I also liked Wondershare’s Stamp feature, which allows you to place a number of different preconfigured stamps onrndocuments. The stamps say things like Approved, Not for Public Release, and SignrnHere.
PrimoPDF is a free utility for converting documents to PDF format.
The utility consists of a single desktop icon, which you can click on to change the output settings.
When you are ready to convert a document, you must drag the document to the PrimoPDF icon.
PrimoPDF printing interface
When you drag the document to thernPrimoPDF icon, the Windows printing interface will open.rnPrimoPDF acts as a printer, but it dumps the output to a PDF file rather than to arnprint device.
ParmisPDF is a PDF editor that allows you to create or modify PDF files. It costs $59.95 (USD), but a free trial version is available forrndownload. The trial version places watermarks on documents.
This feature rich application seems to have all of thernbasics covered.
ParmisPDF Batch Sequences
ParmisPDF also includes some rather nice advanced features, such as the ability to process documents in batches.
ParmisPDF Mail Merge
ParmisPDF includes anrnalways useful Mail Merge feature.
ParmisPDF Bates Numbering
ParmisPDF also supports BatesrnNumbering.
ParmisPDF Stamp/Annotation feature.
While many PDF editors willrnallow you to export documents to alternate formats, this one takes extractionrnto the next level by allowing you to export images and text blocksrnindependently. There is also a feature for extracting data from a document.