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How Do I Sign a PDF File Digitally?

Acrobat

Episode 1829

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jose wants to know how to sign a PDF document on his Android tablet and send it back. Leo says that Adobe Acrobat Reader is the best one according to Tech Radar. It will allow one to sign their name digitally and even store the signature to use again. Other options are XOdo PDF Reader. FoxIt. GAAHio. PDF Pen Pro.

Another idea is to sign a name with a sharpie on a white piece of paper and save it as a transparent PNG file. Then he can simply insert it as a graphic.

He can also use DocuSign, which will enable him to legally sign a digital document with verification.

How Can I Print to PDF if it Doesn't Work?

 Print to PDF

Episode 1790

Damon from Los Angeles, CA

Damon gets a popup message "PDF Printer not initialized" when he tries to create a PDF in Windows. Leo says that a PDF printer will simulate a printer to create a digital document, and it sounds like Windows may have broken it in a recent update. Type Windows+KS to go into Windows features (or Windows key, type Windows Features). Turn it off. Then on. Then look for a check box for printing to PDF. Turn it off. Then go back in and turn it back on. That will reenable the Windows Print to PDF drivers.

Check Out AlternativeTo for Similar Software to Adobe Products

If you upgraded to macOS Catalina and wanted to continue using an old copy of Adobe Photoshop CS5 normally, you're probably out of luck. 32-bit software, like Adobe CS5 products, is not compatible with the newest Apple Mac operating system. Unfortunately, nowadays Adobe wants customers to subscribe to their Creative Cloud (CC) service to continue using their latest and greatest products. Alternatives to common Adobe-related tasks include Affinity Photo and Smile's PDFpenPro.

Be Very Careful and Skeptical of Email Attachments, Even From "People" You Know

Most of the malware and ransomware that comes through the internet and onto our systems is thanks to email attachments. If you see an "invoice" with an artificially rushed, demanding tone from a powerful figure (such as your work boss) and they've attached a "PDF", be very skeptical and do not open it. The same goes for links, since they can take you to a very shady site. Make sure to update your computer with security patches to prevent infection from background exploit kits across the web.

Do Not Download/Open Email Attachments

Do not open email attachments, as they are one of the most common causes of innocent computer users getting infected with malicious malware. Email attachments are "the kiss of death." Ask the sender to place the attachment in Dropbox, etc. or other safer alternatives. Furthermore, Mac and Windows 10 users can open PDF files by themselves, so no need to download and install additional software like Adobe Reader. There are too many vulnerabilities these days regarding email attachments and outdated Adobe software.

How Can I Import SalesForce PDF Files into Word?

Salesforce

Episode 1579

Margaret from Washington, DC

Margaret is using Salesforce and working with PDF documents. She needs to figure out a way to transfer those documents into an editor like Word. How does she get them back into Word easily and quickly without having to reformat? Leo says that Salesforce wants users to import them as CSV files, but that strips the document of all formatting. Margaret isn't alone, this seems to be a common complaint with Salesforce. As for how ... it's such a simple thing, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do it.

 

How do I manage large PDFs?

PDF

Episode 1439

Bunny from Land O' Lakes, FL

Bunny's daughter is an engineer who got a new laptop for work. She's having issues reading and creating PDFs for her job. She gets options for various paper sizes except the standard size used by architects. How can she create those? Leo says that may be a custom size that she'll need to purchase in order to use it. Leo advises trying other PDF software like Bluebeam and PrimoPDF. There's quite a few.