Tweak your PDFs with free online service

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PDF files are handy to have around. Just about everybody can open, read, and print them, so it's an easy way to exchange information. It's relatively easy to create them; on Macs, that ability is built in to the basic printing functionality; on Windows systems, there are oodles of print-to-PDF printer drivers that you can download and use. Unfortunately, these all give you a pretty bare-bones PDF file. There are lots of options you can incorporate into your PDFs, but generally that necessities extra work, and often extra money.

PDFescape lets you take your plain vanilla PDF files and turn them up. It's easy to add on-page annotations, whether they be text or sticky notes. You can add arrows, checkmarks, and other shapes to call attention to important passages in your document. You can add metadata to your files, noting a document's title, subject, author, and keywords, as well as adding password-protection to keep your document away from prying eyes.

PDFescape is a free online service. You don't even need to sign up for an account, but if you do, then you can save your documents on their servers and come back later to re-edit them.

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One Response to “Tweak your PDFs with free online service”

  1. Colin says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. It’s an interesting addition to the useability of PDFs.

    What I found even more interesting though, was the link to their paid-for product PDFtypewriter. I’d never come across a product that allowed you to create a PDF form that readers can fill in and send back!

    I can think of several uses for that and will be downloading the trial to see if it’s as good as it looks. I’ve been tinkering with web forms recently, but this might just replace all that.