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What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 04 Sep 2019, 08:28

As some of you might of read, I am making the huge leap from Win XP to W10 home soon.

Other than familiarity, one of the things that has kept me flogging away with XP is a number of bits of software that I also like and use regularly but are 32bit and intolerant of OS higher than XP.

One approach might be if W10 has some sort of XP emulation mode but I fear that the change from 32 to 64 bit might scupper that, so I'm looking for some replacement programmes

My most regularly used is Adobe Acrobat 6.0 which is a full PDF manipulation programme

I often want to take multiple PDF documents and concatenate them into a single document. Must have!
Also but less often I extract the PDF text into word. very useful.
Finally adding and removal of watermarks - but this is a "luxury need"

I know pdf readers are common but what freeware do you use for pdf creation with these features please.

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby greeno » 04 Sep 2019, 09:18

Microsoft word will load and convert pdfs top doc format.

You can also save as pdf in word/ power point. As such you only need a pdf reader now. All the advanced features are bundled into office.
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 04 Sep 2019, 09:23

greeno wrote:Microsoft word will load and convert pdfs top doc format.

You can also save as pdf in word/ power point. As such you only need a pdf reader now. All the advanced features are bundled into office.


OK thanks but will word concatenate pdf files without having to manipulate them within word?

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby RogerS » 04 Sep 2019, 09:26

I use this one

PDFelement for Mac :lol:

Haven't tried merging with it though.

Seriously, they do a Windoze one
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 04 Sep 2019, 09:37

RogerS wrote:I use this one

PDFelement for Mac :lol:

Haven't tried merging with it though.

Seriously, they do a Windoze one


Thanks Roger. Seems to get good reviews and claims to merge.

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby Andyp » 04 Sep 2019, 10:00

Roger, you can merge or concatenate pdf files in Preview. Just open all the PDfs you want to merge then print and save as PDF.
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 04 Sep 2019, 10:06

Andyp wrote:Roger, you can merge or concatenate pdf files in Preview. Just open all the PDfs you want to merge then print and save as PDF.


Is Preview a Mcfeature Andy?

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby RogerS » 04 Sep 2019, 10:09

Andyp wrote:Roger, you can merge or concatenate pdf files in Preview. Just open all the PDfs you want to merge then print and save as PDF.


Oooh...neat, Andy :eusa-clap:
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby RogerS » 04 Sep 2019, 10:10

9fingers wrote:
Andyp wrote:Roger, you can merge or concatenate pdf files in Preview. Just open all the PDfs you want to merge then print and save as PDF.


Is Preview a Mcfeature Andy?

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Yup. A bloody versatile program. You can manage many many different types of files...images even.
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby Woodster » 04 Sep 2019, 12:17

You can manipulate and add/remove pages of a PDF on a Mac with its own built in software. It’s very easy. PDF was built into Mac OSX from the start.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202945

Adobe Acrobat is a good package but expensive the last time I looked. I used it at work quite a bit.
Free so called PDF “writers” for PC’s are rubbish from what I’ve seen of them and can often only handle a limited number of fonts.
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby kirkpoore1 » 07 Sep 2019, 03:01

I use Paint.net for messing with pictures. Simple interface, does what I want, isn't from Microsoft. The one thing I have a problem with is that it wants to fill the paper when I print, instead of letting me specify the size and printing it out. I pull the images into Word for that.

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby williams1185 » 08 Sep 2019, 19:18

if you want a site for freeware of all types try major geeks they test everything , ian
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 08 Sep 2019, 22:13

williams1185 wrote:if you want a site for freeware of all types try major geeks they test everything , ian


Thanks Ian.
I've already found one thing there to try.

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 08 Sep 2019, 22:23

9fingers wrote:
RogerS wrote:I use this one

PDFelement for Mac :lol:

Haven't tried merging with it though.

Seriously, they do a Windoze one


Thanks Roger. Seems to get good reviews and claims to merge.

Bob

Just downloaded PDFelements. I could not find a tool to sort the input docs prior to merging. It might mean you have to open the the documents in the final desired order?
Yes it does a merge but plasters the result with watermarks unless you pay their ransom, so that has got the boot.
Currently experimenting with PDF Split and Merge 2.1

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby Andyp » 09 Sep 2019, 10:56

Bob, Have just managed to merge pages from two different PDFs using Libre Office. Obviously I have the Mac version but I guess it woiuld the same in Windoze.

I can also edit test of a PDF in Libreoffice.
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby Rod » 09 Sep 2019, 11:10

I don’t know if it was Win7 or 10 but if you bought the professional version (which I didn’t!!) it came with an XP emulator.

I lost the use of an expensive bit of kit and software by not being savvy enough.

One thing you’ll find with 10 is that it keeps updating itself.
Windows Defender is worth activating.

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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby 9fingers » 09 Sep 2019, 11:20

Rod wrote:I don’t know if it was Win7 or 10 but if you bought the professional version (which I didn’t!!) it came with an XP emulator.

I lost the use of an expensive bit of kit and software by not being savvy enough.

One thing you’ll find with 10 is that it keeps updating itself.
Windows Defender is worth activating.

Rod


Windows Defender is on - at least for now whilst I feel my way around
Its Win10 Home and I'm trying to avoid running an XP emulator and bring myself up to date.
I've been told that 32bit software should run on 64 bit machines - something I did not expect so will have a go at loading some old favoured software and see how it goes.
Must be some minor lifetime crisis as I've also made the leap from ios9 to ios12 on my phone last week :lol:
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Re: What freeware do you use?

Postby Woodster » 09 Sep 2019, 12:44

Our main piece of freeware used is Open Office. It’s does everything we need of it. I used to really like Microsoft Word up until about fifteen years ago but Microsoft overdeveloped it and then the security weaknesses popped their heads up. Word perfect was also a good package at the time.
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