How to Edit Any PDF on Your iPad for Free

PDF format is frequently used by office workers, students and educators.  It is quite popular because of its universality, ease of printing and appealing design. The rise of mobile devices didn’t hurt the PDF format; in fact, it made things easier for everyone. Now, you can send a PDF from your computer to your mobile device in seconds and read the file wherever you are.

There are plenty of apps which allow us to open and read PDF documents on our iOS devices, but not many of them provide the editing option. Today we are going to present you a couple of apps that do.

1) Adobe Reader for annotation and drawing

Adobe Reader is an excellent reader for both desktop and mobile device. Reading the PDF on iPad is a lot easier now, because we can highlight paragraphs, quotations, make annotations and comment directly on the PDF. It certainly makes the whole reading experience a lot better.

So, to open the Editing menu, simply click on the small comment icon in the upper menu of the PDF file. You will be presented with multiple choices.

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You can add comments, annotations, highlights or draw things manually on the document.

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There is always the Undo function if wish to revert to the previous state, and don’t forget to Save all edits once you finish.

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Also, you can change the colors of your highlighted text and Opacity. This can be a pretty useful option as well.

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2) Cometdocs mobile apps for conversion and creation

Sometimes we wish to delete part of the text from the PDF document, table or presentation and insert adjustments. That is not possible in Adobe Reader, but it can be performed with Cometdocs mobile apps and free apps for Microsoft Office. The principle is very easy. Convert the PDF to an editable format, and then make the necessary edits. After that you can convert the document back to PDF.

First, you need to install the free version of Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint for iPad which allows you to insert, delete and create documents.

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For example, you need to install the PDF to Word converter from the App Store, if you want document edited in Word. If it is a simple table or a presentations, then you might want to consider the PDF to Excel, or PDF to PowerPoint app. See the full list of available apps here. All of the mentioned apps are completely free to use without limits.

Open you PDF in PDF to Word and wait for the conversion to finish. Now open the converted .docx document in Microsoft Word, and make the necessary edits.

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After you’re finished, simply open the document share button, and choose the option Send as PDF to convert your file back to the universal PDF format.

How to Protect Your PDF File from Printing and Converting

The PDF is difficult to edit, but we can always convert it to other formats with Cometdocs and modify the file that way.  However, sometimes we want to prevent people from doing this.  We are OK with users being able to open and read the PDF, but we want to prevent them from converting or editing the documents in any other way. There are numerous reasons for this. Maybe the owner of the PDF is sharing sensitive information that can cause a lot of problems if changed.

The solution is to protect the PDF with an owner password. There are different levels of protection that we can set and modify, which helps us control how our document is used.

Have in mind that you should keep your password somewhere safe in case you forget it. If you forget it, you won’t be able to recover it, and your document will forever stay protected and impossible to convert or edit.

We are going to introduce two free ways to protect your PDF from unauthorized use.

1) PDFRider

PDFRider is a lightweight free software, which really does a good job in modifying PDF files. One of its many features is the possibility to secure PDFs.

Install the software, and open the PDF file within the tool.

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After that, click on the Tools – Security.

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Click on the Edit password, and enter it. You’ll see all the editing protection features, such as protection against printing, copying content, modifying annotations, and more. Each of these features ensures that the user is not able to convert the document.

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As you can see here, we are adjusting the Edit password option. Users will be able to open the PDF but not modify it. However, if you set up the open password, nobody will be able to see the contents if you don’t provide them with the password.

Simple and easy. At the end you have to Save everythig. Go to Application – Save.

2) iSafePDF

This is another open source, free tool which performs really well. Its only drawback is that it might be a bit difficult to use.

Install the app and open it. Specify which PDF file you want to protect, and also where you want to save it. You can see that we have added an extra number following the document name, so that we don’t overwrite the original document.

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Now, after you have specified what document you want to protect, go to the Encryption tab.

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Enter the password you’ll be using. The tool works in the similar way as the previous app. You have one user password (the password needed to open the document), and an owner password (the password needed to edit the document). Below you have a checkbox where you can set and modify which rights the document will have. Uncheck everything you don’t want, for example, the ability to print, copy, modify the text and more.

How to Open the Publisher (.pub) File on Your iPad or iPhone

Microsoft Publisher is an excellent tool for creating publications. It is not widely popular like Word or Excel, but it is used quite a lot by everyone who needs to deal with publications. Teachers, for example, use it very often in their work. So, if you work in a publishing industry or frequently deal with posters, flyers, calendars and similar documents, you are probably receiving documents in .pub format from time to time. If you have Microsoft Publisher installed, you can open the .pub format easily, but if you don’t, then things can get complicated.

If you use a desktop computer, you can always use the website to convert the .pub format into PDF. If you are an iPhone or iPad user, don’t despair, because there is a pretty neat solution for you, as well.

Our latest mobile app allows you to convert .pub documents into PDF right on the device. You can download it from here:

The PDF format is easily visible to any platform or device, so you can view the document somebody sent you without problems. You can even share it further with your friends or co-workers, not having to worry about visibility issues.

Here is how this app works:

Go to the app where the Publisher file is located; for example, it can be in your email.

Tap on the file to get the Open In menu. Choose Publisher to PDF from the list.

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After that, the conversion will start. The device will notify you when the new file is ready for download. After that, go to the app and the new PDF file will be waiting for you.

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The good thing about this app is that it can be used for free. So, you don’t have to pay; all you need is to maybe wait a bit as we have introduced conversion queues, to be able to keep up with all requests. Premium (lifetime) users can skip the waiting every time with a one-time payment of $1.99.

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How Many Words Can Fit on a Page in Microsoft Word?

Sometimes when we are working on an essay, working paper, research article or any similar project, we have a requirement on the number of words we should use in the text. These requirements are implemented for many reasons. The first is to ensure that the written project is of good quality. If it is too short, it means that not many concepts are covered, or that they are covered superficially. On the other hand, having a very long document can mean that we missed a point and wrote things too generally.

While you type in the Microsoft Word processor, you can always see how many words there are currently in the document by looking at the bottom, as you can see in the image.

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You can always go to ReviewWord Count option to count the number of pages, words or characters in the document. You can count the number of words in a selection or in the whole document.

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If you want to convert the number of words into a number of pages before you start writing, you can do that too. That way you’ll get a clearer picture of how much work you will have.

We found a pretty good tool to help you see how many pages will be needed for a certain number of words of a specific font, size and spacing.

This is the website:

It is really easy to use: simply type in the number of words, and you will get the number of pages required for that word count.

The Best 3 Ways to Protect Excel Sheets

Creating reports, analyses and charts can take a lot of time. That is why we don’t want to jeopardize our work when we share it with somebody else. We don’t want someone to change what we entered, even by accident. Even one small edit can mess up the whole calculation, and our work can go to waste.

For these reasons, most Excel users resort to some kind of protection. This can mean preventing users from editing the spreadsheet, protecting only specific cells, and so on. We have compiled a list of all those protective measures in one article, and after going through it, you can choose which choice suits you the most.

  • Password or editing protection

When saving the final version of your Excel document, you can set a password to prevent users from opening or modifying the document, unless they know the password. Go to Save As menu – choose ToolsGeneral Options in the saving dialog.

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Now enter the password you want.

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The first password (Password to open) prevents users only from opening the document, but after that they can edit it freely. The second password allows users to view the spreadsheet, but not to perform modifications.

  • Print Excel sheet to PDF

Creating a PDF report out of your Excel sheets might be the best way to protect your documents. With this option nobody is offended, and everything looks more professional. You have to make sure that the printed spreadsheet looks nice, so feel free to add a title and perform some simple Style modifications.

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After that, you can go to the Print menu to set up an option of fitting the whole table (or rows and columns) on one page, if you want. There is a preview button, so you will see how it looks.

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And now go to the Save As menu again, and choose PDF in the dropdown menu.

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You can always convert your PDF back to Excel, with Cometdocs.

  • Protect Sheet/Lock Cells

You can protect the whole sheet from being edited by clicking on Protect Sheet button and entering your desired password. You can also choose what the protection will include.

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Alternatively, you can leave some cells out of this protection. Before you click on Protect Sheet, select all those free entry cells, right-click on them, then go to Format Cells.

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Next hoose the Protection tab and unclick the Locked button. Now the Protect Sheet functionality will not work for these cells.

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They will be free to edit by anyone.