Yesterday I spent a couple of hours putting the finishing details on renting several of our Cancun timeshares. In the process I had to fill out some forms telling the resort the names of the people who would be staying in them. The forms were sent to me as PDFs, and I was supposed to manually fill them in, and send them back via fax. Ugh… painfully slow, plus nobody can read my handwriting anymore.
Enter Docudesk. Desk UNPDF Professional can convert PDF files into word processing documents, spreadsheets, editable bitmaps, and web pages. Simply load the PDF file into unPDF Pro, punch the convert button, and seconds later, out pops an editable .DOC file (if you're a Microsoft Word user).
I converted the form, filled out in word, dropped in a scanned signature, and then used the Office 2007 Save as PDF feature to convert the whole thing back into a PDF file again. Easy Peasy!
By the way, the Save as PDF feature in Office 2007 is a fabulous feature. It lacks only one feature that would make it truly useful — print to PDF. One of the most common scenarios that I experience is having to PDF a web page, and for this, the Office 2007 feature is useless. It can only save files from within the Office 2007 applications, not the browser.
Docudesk has Print to PDF covered as well, though. Their DeskPDF is an inexpensive and easy to use PDF printer driver that enables you to convert any document to PDF. I used it yesterday to extract two pages from a five page PDF document, and send them as a much smaller PDF document.
Docudesk deskUNPDF and deskPDF are a pair of highly useful utilities. For simple PDF editing jobs, they're hard to beat. Best of all, Docudesk has a bundle of the two for just $59.