PDFs: Five Free Tools to Create, Sign, and Edit PDFs

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Five Free Ways You Can Create, Sign, and Edit PDFs Online

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One of the most convenient aspects about the Web today is that tasks that formerly used to be somewhat tedious - such as filling out, creating, or editing PDF forms - can now be done within the Web browser, rather than purchasing proprietary software that can be expensive and hard to use. In this article, we'll take a look at free sites you can use to edit PDF files, create PDF files, and sign PDF files (one of the most common uses of these file types) simply and easily by using a few simple sites. You'll definitely want to bookmark this material, and keep it in mind for future PDF tasks you need to complete. 

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How to Find PDF Files Online

If you are trying to find PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files on the Web, there's a number of ways that you can accomplish this. You're going to be looking for PDF files specifically with these searches, and you'll be able to turn up quite a bit of interesting material, anything from books to white papers to technical manuals. Note: not all of this material is free to use, especially in regards to commercial use; be sure to check with the respective owners to make sure there are not any possible copyright infringements. 

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Fill out PDF forms online with PDFfiller

If you've ever been in the situation of having to fill out a PDF form (job applications, for example), you know that it's not as easy as just pointing your mouse and filling out the fields: no rather than make it easy, you have to fill in the blanks, scan it back into your computer, and then FINALLY email it. Quite a pain! However, you can get around all that with PDFfiller.

PDFfiller basically enables you to fill out PDF forms within your browser, without any special software. Just upload your form to the site from either your computer or a specific URL, fill out the form, and then you can print it, email it, fax it, whatever....super convenient.

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Create PDF files

Use PDFCreator to easily create .pdf files from any Windows application. Some of the many things you can do with this are: convert your Documents to PDF, JPG, PNG, TIF and more, merge multiple documents to one file,make frequently used settings available with one click, compress and resize images to reduce the file size, encrypt your PDFs with AES and protect them with a password, and prevent unauthorized access to your PDFs by changing the security settings. The ability to create PDF files online is very convenient, as you don't need any special software to do so, and most of us are only creating PDF files every once in a while. 

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PDF Misc

Find books and all sorts of files with the Pdf Search Engine, an easy way to look for printed materials distributed on the Web.

Get free printouts at PDF Pad: "PDF Pad is a comprehensive online destination where you can download and print the high quality documents you need for work, school and play, free of charge or registration hassles."

Read ebooks and other digital publications more easily with Adobe's Digital Editions, a free download that supports PDF files as well.

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Convert PDF files

 Zamzar is a file conversion utility that allows you to convert files into different formats, including PDFs. This is an incredibly useful tool; supports not only PDF files, but over 1200 different conversion types, from video to audio to books to images. No need to download anything, all you have to do is select a file, pick a format to convert to, and Zamzar will send you the converted file within a few minutes.