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
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)
JPG , GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, EMF, WM
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
Adobe’s own online conversion service converts HTML or text to PDF, or PDF to HTML/text.
Converts Word, Excel or HTML files to PDF.
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
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
Converts the text of an RSS feed to a PDF
Give HTML2PDF a URL or a mess of HTML and it’ll output a PDF
PDFhammer will let you do some lightweight editing online, including appending PDFs to each other, deleting pages, or changing the order of pages.
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.
PDFescape will let you add things to PDFs like text fields (for filling out forms), arrows, shapes and “white-out”.
Screen capture from editing:
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”:
Another YouTube for documents.
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.
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?