16 Free Online Tools for Working with PDFs

An email conversation with a medical librarian recently reminded me that I’ve been meaning to make a list of the free online tools for working with PDFs that I’ve bookmarked.

Converting to/from other formats and PDF

  • https://www.pdfonline.com/convert_pdf.asp

    Converts files of the following formats (up to 2 MB) to PDF:
    MS Word (DOC | RTF)
    MS PowerPoint (PPT)
    MS Publisher (PUB)
    MS Excel (XLS)
    HTML (MHT)
    Text (TXT)

    Site also has free tools for converting URLs to PDF and for converting PDF to .doc

  • http://online.primopdf.com/

    Will convert to PDF from the following formats:
    123, bmp, cgm, csv, dbf, dif, doc, dot, dxf, emf, eps, gif, hwp, jpeg, jpg, jtd, jtt, met, mml , odb, odf, odg, odm, odp, ods, odt, otg, oth, otp, ots, ott, pbm, pcd, pct, png, ppm, pps, ppt, psd, pts, ptt, ras, rtf, sda, sdc, sdd, sdp, sdw, sgf, sgl, sgv, slk, smf, stc, std, sti, stw, svm, sxc, sxd, sxg, sxi, sxm, sxt, sxw, tga, tif, tiff, txt, vor, vor, wb2, wk1, wks, wmf, wpd, wps, xbm, xls, xlt, xlw, xml, and xpm
  • http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html
    Adobe’s own online conversion service converts HTML or text to PDF, or PDF to HTML/text.
  • http://www.expresspdf.com/

    Converts Word, Excel or HTML files to PDF.
  • http://www.zamzar.com/

    In addition to a bajillion other conversions, Zamzar will convert .csv, .doc, .docx, OpenDocument formats, .ppt, .pptx, .pub, .wpd, .wps, .xls or .xlsx files (up to 100MB) to PDF. Zamzar will also convert PDF to doc, html, odt, pcx, png, ps, rtf or txt
  • http://www.youconvertit.com/ConvertFiles.aspx

    Among lots of other conversions, converts to PDF from a number of file formats. It’ll also convert from PDF to AVS, BMP,CIN, or CMYK
  • http://rss2pdf.com/

    Converts the text of an RSS feed to a PDF
  • http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/default.aspx
    Give HTML2PDF a URL or a mess of HTML and it’ll output a PDF

Editing PDFs

  • http://www.pdfhammer.com/

    PDFhammer will let you do some lightweight editing online, including appending PDFs to each other, deleting pages, or changing the order of pages.
  • http://bookletcreator.com/

    BookletCreator is a free online tool that allows to create a booklet from a PDF document. It reorders pages so that after printing and folding the pages you get a small book.

  • http://www.pdfescape.com/

    PDFescape will let you add things to PDFs like text fields (for filling out forms), arrows, shapes and “white-out”.
    Screen capture from editing:

  • Sharing PDFs

  • http://www.scribd.com/

    You can think of Scribd as sort of a YouTube for PDFs (and other kinds of documents). You can upload and tag, share, and embed documents as flash objects. The example below is an embedded version of Eugene Barsky’s handy Google “Cheat Sheet”:

    Read this doc on Scribd: Google Cheat Sheet 20060503

  • http://www.docstoc.com/

    Another YouTube for documents.
  • http://www.pdfmenot.com/

    PDFmenot is another way to view a PDF without an installed reader (or to post one online that users won’t need a reader to view). See example (again using Eugene’s PDF) by clicking here.
  • http://issuu.com/

    Issuu lets you upload a PDF and either share a link to a flash viewer (sort of like PDFmenot) or embed it on a Web page. Click on the embedded version will launch the full-screen viewer. The example below was again made with Eugene’s handout.

This is far from a comprehensive list. Do you have a favorite that isn’t mentioned?

10 thoughts on “16 Free Online Tools for Working with PDFs

  1. Hi Nikki-

    Y’know the conversation with a medical librarian I mentioned at the top of the post? It was about the fact that MyMorph had temporarily been down and this had severely interrupted her work.



  2. Yikes, alternate resources are definitely good things. I had to stumble upon DocMorph and have come across many others in the field who had no clue it exists so I promote it a fair amount. Anything to help stats for NIH funding 😉

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  4. Wow – that Issuu thing looks amazing when you open it. Is that really free? Will def upload my writings there soon.

  5. thanks for sharing. never seen anything like Issue b4, its more like youtube because you can share the small previevs.

  6. One of the advantages of using a Mac is that document to PDF conversion is built into the OS. The print dialogue box gives you a choice of exporting any document as a PDF.

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