Frank wants to timestamp PDF blueprints that he prints up, and he wants to be able to print them in order by group number and file name. He's created a database in excel to do this and then created a batch file. Leo says this is how programmers are born, by creating scripts and macros to streamline the workflow. Leo also says that a database program would be easier and can be done automatically. It would also allow him to create the PDF from the database and when he makes changes, the PDFs will be updated automatically.
Jesse noticed that the PDFs he gets have a Google Chrome icon associated with it, not Acrobat. Is that malware? Leo says no. Google Chrome can open and read PDFs.
Arnie created a passport photo with a PDF program and now he can't print it unless he pays for it. So he did, but now he can't print anything in PDF unless he uses that PDF maker because it uses Adobe Acrobat. Leo says to get rid of it! He can print directly from preview in the Mac. He'll just need to drag the Adobe app into the trash. He'll also have to look in the startup folder and get rid of the startup files as well. He should search for his root system folder and his account folder. He can even use Spotlight search and look for "Adobe."
Carl has trouble reading manuals when he buys a product because they are so small. Even in the PDF it's hard to read. Leo says he can zoom in on a PDF to make it easier to read. Carl is wondering if he can print it and have it larger. Leo says it depends on his printer. The driver has to determine the font size of a document, but he should look in his settings to see if he can make it bigger. Then he can do a print preview to verify. He should look for a "fit to page" setting.
Steve is looking to get an iPad Mini, but he doesn't want to use the Cloud. Can he avoid accessing his data on the internet? Leo says that because Steve is using Quickbooks, he'll need Windows for it. Leo advises going with the Microsoft Surface Pro or Lenovo Yoga. It'll also be beneficial for word processing.
Irene downloaded Adobe Reader 11, but when she downloads a PDF, she gets a bunch of editing features and no document. Leo says that sounds like she has the distiller, and not the reader. It works fine on Windows 8, but not on her other machine. Leo says it's maddening and she really shouldn't limp along dealing with it. Leo says that some PDFs may be locked, and she won't be able to open them unless she has a password.
Kathy is trying to use a PDF form, but it's locked. How can she write to it and fill in the forms? Leo says there are products that can do it, but she can't do it with Adobe Reader. She'll need a program that can open and edit the PDF. Leo recommends FoxIt. It's free and she can use it to edit protected PDFs. She can then save it out with no problem.
Dan wants to know what alternatives there are to Adobe Reader. Leo says there's tons of free alternatives and he's happy to recommend them because Adobe Reader has such poor security. Here are a few Dan could try:
Mark hates Adobe Reader and has removed it in favor of using FoxIt. Leo says rightfully so! But he's concerned about security in FoxIt. Leo says that FoxIt has different issues. But with everything coming off the internet, it's a heck of a challenge to protect against it. Bad guys have moved on from trying to hack the operating system and are now going after third party software like Adobe reader or FoxIt. But since FoxIt has a smaller "footprint" on the internet, it's less risky.