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Now in Google search results: Formatted PDFs

Google on Wednesday announced that its search results now feature an option allowing users to view formatted PDFs from within their browser.

Although Google's search results have long featured a "View as HTML" option for documents using the Portable Document Format standard, the company in a blog post said that "option loses some of the formatting from the original PDF, such as graphics, tables, fonts, and other elements."

To solve the issue, a new "Quick View" option has been added to some PDFs in search results. When a user clicks on the link, … Read more

Simple document combiner

Advanced Batch PDF Combiner is a simple program that allows users to combine two PDF files in a variety of ways. The program doesn't have a lot of features, but it works well, with an intuitive interface that makes it very quick and easy to use.

The program's interface manages to be both intuitive and cumbersome; all of the steps are fairly obvious, but the way some options are organized makes it a little overwhelming. Users first choose the two PDFs they want to work with, which is easy enough, but then they must choose from seven options … Read more

See docs, attachments clearly

When it comes to faithfully viewing and rendering a Microsoft Office or iWork document on your iPhone or iPod Touch, Documents To Go quickly proves its competence by delivering crisp, clear reproductions of your Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Excel documents, and even Microsoft Office 2007 files. Most core tools to create, edit, save, and send Microsoft Word and Excel documents are tucked within expanding tool menus. Tools include Apple's copy/paste, font and paragraph style, and lists, among others. Many are intuitive, but some require some trial and error before you become familiar with which icons do what.

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Basic document converter

ActMask Document Converter X is an easy-to-use program that lets users quickly convert files into different formats. It's nothing fancy, but it's a good choice for users find themselves needing to convert documents regularly.

The program's interface is basic and intuitive, and users can either open the program by itself or select it from the list of printers when printing a document. Users then simply select the format that they want to use, including PDF, TXT, and a variety of image file types. The program quickly converts the document to the desired file type. Many of the … Read more

Tried-and-true docs viewer

When it comes to faithfully viewing and rendering a Microsoft Office or iWork document on your iPhone or iPod Touch, Documents To Go quickly proves its competence by delivering crisp, clear reproductions of your Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Excel documents, and even Microsoft Office 2007 files. Most core tools to create, edit, save, and send Microsoft Word and Excel documents are tucked within expanding tool menus. Tools include Apple's copy/paste, font and paragraph style, and lists, among others. Many are intuitive, but some require some trial and error before you become familiar with which icons do what.

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Docs To Go for iPhone finally gets Excel

Ever since Documents to Go came out on iPhone--both the standard version and with Microsoft Exchange Attachments--the publisher has been keeping our interest with promises of a version that could edit Excel documents and create new ones in addition to just viewing them.

That version, Documents to Go 2.0, is now here. The update brings Documents To Go back to fairly equal footing with rival Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite, which added Excel creation and editing support a month before.

In addition to viewing Excel XLS and XLSX documents, both Documents To Go apps can now also create new … Read more

Basic PDF combiner

Advanced Batch PDF Joiner is a simple program that allows users to combine two PDF files in a variety of ways. The program doesn't have a lot of features, but it works well, with an intuitive interface that makes it very quick and easy to use.

The program's interface manages to be both intuitive and cumbersome; all of the steps are fairly obvious, but the way some options are organized makes it a little overwhelming. Users first choose the two PDFs they want to work with, which is easy enough, but then they must choose from seven options … Read more

Get a Visioneer flatbed scanner for $20

Update: This appears to be sold out already. (Check back later and even tomorrow, as Newegg often gets replenished stock.) My apologies to those of you who get Cheapskate via e-mail, as it's occasionally out of date by the time you receive it. All the more reason to visit the site directly!)

Update #2: As of 1 p.m. ET today (Thursday), the scanner is back in stock! The code still works, and the rebate is still available.

Scanners are insanely handy. They can turn old snapshots into digital photos, archive paper documents electronically, turn any printer into a … Read more

Simple PDF tool

Abdio PDF Reader provides a way to quickly and easily view PDF files. With a simple setup that allows users to instantly feel comfortable, this program is sure to compete with more established programs.

Thanks to our prior experience with Adobe's PDF-reading programs we jumped right into this program, since its interface felt similar and just as logical. All the command options were laid out just the same as with Adobe, thus we felt like we'd been using this program for years. Like Adobe's reader, we opened our PDF and were able to flip through the pages … Read more

Feature-filled novel organizer

Liquid Story Binder XE is a comprehensive program that allows users to organize every aspect of the novel-writing process. The program's many features are almost its downfall, however, as the number of capabilities is somewhat overwhelming.

The program's interface manages to be both sleek and awkward. Each of its various tools opens in a new window, and the program allows users to save their preferred combination of windows as a workspace. We can see how this would be beneficial, but we prefer tabs over multiple windows. We were also bothered by the program's default color scheme, which … Read more