Friday, January 11, 2008
PDF Tools for Free
PDF's are frequently the file format of choice, but working with them often doesn't allow much choice. What do you do if you need to edit a PDF or if you need to save a document you created in another piece of software as a PDF or even if you need the PDF to become a MS Word document?
There are some free tools out there that can be useful for the Special Needs Teacher, here are a couple of them:
There are a bunch of free PDF creators out there, but CutePDF is my favorite. It is a free download and does not take up much space on your hard drive. Once it is installed it lists itself as a printer, so when you are ready to save something as a PDF you just go to print, then print options, choose CutePDF as your printer and the file is save to your hard drive as a PDF. I find this very helpful for saving online curriculum such as Edhelper.com worksheets at home and then printing them out at work from a flashdrive or my laptop. (I don't have internet at my school so I cannot log onto such website at work to print.)
This is a Web 2.0 application that allows you to upload PDFs and apply some editing features such as re-ordering the pages or combing multiple PDFs into one file. As a Web 2.0 application there is nothing to download because everything is completely web based.
Free PDF to Word Converter:
This is software for download, the title pretty much covers what it does.
Just for Bloggers and Website Owners:
If you are one of the many teachers who have a classroom (or personal) blog or website there are two other PDF tools you might be interested in, Web2PDF allows readers of your site to turn your content into a PDF and save it to there hard drive and PDFescape allows you to post PDF forms on your website or blog for free.