In my day-to-day 9 to 5 job I have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro. Yes it is expensive but it gets the job done quickly and properly when it has anything to do with PDF creation, modification and filling out forms. But not everyone has such an expensive software suite installed on their machine.
So what do you do when you want to fill out forms online or edit a PDF? Need to mark up a PDF? Well you can’t do that with the free version of Acrobat Reader. So we have to find another solution!
Nifty website pdfVue does exactly what we need it to do. As long as we aren’t working on top secret documents (or even tax forms for that matter) we should have no problem in uploading our documents to PDFVue’s server and then manipulate them using their online Adobe Acrobat Pro-esque editor.
Let’s see what PDFVue has to offer and how we can Make Use Of It. (Pun intended – suck it up!)
It looks like they want you to click on the folder icon on the top left under the PDFVue logo. This will let you browse to your PDF file on your local machine. I chose a invoice I had in PDF format and uploaded it. It was under 100KB and took about 45 seconds to upload to their server.
When it was complete I had my full invoice in a web editor. I was able to mark it up, draw funny shapes and even stick sticky notes over crucial data so I wouldn’t get sued!
The tab at the upper right hand side of the screen that says Forms will give you the ability to edit forms and save the finished product. Using this feature, you can add text boxes and all sorts of corporate goodies.
Now I definitely won’t say this is a Acrobat Pro replacement for me but it will get the job done in a pinch. Of course if you are editing confidential information I would not go uploading it anywhere. Pester the hell out of your boss until you get the tools you need to do your job!
There are also collaboration tools and some other nifty features discussed in the getting started guide available here.
Do you use any of these or a similar tool to edit PDF’s? If you do let us know about your favorite – in the comments!