Free PDF to Excel converter for iPad and iPhone

Microsoft Excel is one of the most popular programs for analyzing data, creating reports, tables and comparing statistics. However, these spreadsheets are often converted to PDF before distribution, since not everyone might have Excel installed on their computers and PDFs can be viewed by everyone. But if you constantly receive spreadsheets in PDF form that you need to edit or reuse, you are going to have to convert them back into Excel to make further modifications.

If you are on your web browser or computer, one of the best choices for performing this type of conversions is our Cometdocs’s PDF to Excel converter. It is free, fast, and highly praised.

If you, however, need to perform the conversion from your iPad or iPhone, the best choice for data extraction from PDF is our PDF to Excel mobile app. The app is amazingly simple to use and very lightweight. Conversions are not performed locally on the device, rather, your file is being sent to our servers for conversion. After the conversion is finished, files are downloaded to your smartphone or tablet, and then automatically deleted from the servers.

The app also offers you the ability to skip the conversion waiting queue and get your files immediately. This feature costs $1.99, and gives you a lifetime of the conversions without having to wait.

However, making this purchase is not necessary. Users can get the full file for free after waiting to get to the front of the queue. But if you are in a hurry, the $1.99 upgrade is an excellent option.

Anyway, we are sure that you will like the app. Go ahead and install it from here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-to-excel/id908657724?mt=8

Here is a quick tutorial on how to use it:

Long tap on the PDF to get the Open in menu.

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Now choose PDF to Excel.

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Conversions start immediately.

This icon indicates the conversion is in progress.

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The second one shows that the conversion has been completed.

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You don’t need to have the application open while waiting for the conversion, you will receive a notification once the conversion is done. So you are free to exit the app and do other things on your device while you wait.

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Best Free PDF to Word Format (.docx) converter for iPad and iPhone

Responding to requests by our users, Cometdocs Team has released a new mobile app which is extremely simple to use.

This application:

-          Converts as many PDF files as you want. No limits.

-          There is no limit on file size.

-          The conversion format is .docx, which users prefer as it can be opened by many apps, unlike .doc or .rtf.

-          You can convert any type of PDF with any type of content (scanned images, rare letters, foreign language symbols, etc.)

Here is how it works.

Locate the file you want to convert on your mobile iOS device.

 

Longtap on it.

Choose the option Open In PDF to Word.

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If our conversion queue is busy, you will be prompted to wait for the conversion to be completed. The wait depends on the how many files are in the queue, but it should not take very long.

This icon represents the wait for the conversion to finish.

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Once the conversion is done, the new Word document will be waiting for you in the app.

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The document will have the same looks as the original, but it will be editable, and you can open it directly in Microsoft Office or other editors, for further work and reuse. The app is very simple to use. See for yourself by downloading it here.

 

 

Best Tools for Visual Analytics

It is widely known that a picture is worth a thousand words. In relation to that, visual analytics tools can process lots of data quickly and translate it into a more or less complicated picture (tree, graph, etc.).

Visual Analytics is often defined differently in different areas of its application. Most widely used is the scientific one that claims that visual analytics is an outgrowth of the fields of information visualization and scientific visualization that focuses on analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces.

It simplifies masses of information and helps the human mind. How? People use visual analytics tools and techniques to create visual representations to help them make decisions by synthesizing information and deriving insight from massive, dynamic, ambiguous, and often conflicting data.

In other words, visual analytics integrates new computational and theory-based tools with innovative interactive techniques and visual representations to enable human understanding of complicated data.

In addition to that, what is great is that those who use visual analytics tools are often lucky enough to discover the unexpected prior to taking action or making a decision, which was almost impossible before the development of this area.

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The process of visual analytics is always the same: Data collection – Data Preprocessing – Data Summarization – Data Transformation -Transformed results – User Interaction.

However, the area is very complex and it brings together several scientific and technical communities from computer science, information visualization, cognitive and perceptual sciences, interactive design, graphic design, and social sciences.

The roots of visual analytics are traced back to the 1970s and 1980s with the development of CAD/CAM technologies in areas such as medicine, car technologies and education. In the 90s, it spread to information visualization fields and Web and Virtual environments, which bring us to today. It is important to say that this area is still developing, and there are still a lot of problems that need to be tackled, but it has already brought a lot of good things to the areas such as emergency response management (detecting and following earthquakes and flu outbreaks), business decision mapping, social network analysis software, visual reasoning, text analytics, and more. Of course, a lot of scientists promise that the best is yet to come.

There are a great number of Visual Analytic Tools that differ in complexity, price and applicability.

There are many tools, particularly for professionals skilled in statistical analysis. But their prices are generally high, and are not suitable for less skilled users who occasionally need to display data in graphical form. However, there is, for those whose budget is limited, a surprising number of very interesting tools for visualization and analysis of data that are free of charge. Visualization tools allow you to manipulate the data and display it across multiple graphical representations. They are particularly useful in revealing patterns or trends.

These tools offer different viewing options. Some are confined to conventional graphics (sectoral performances, histograms …), but most offer a variety of additional choices such as tree-maps to display hierarchical data or word clouds. Some also have geographic representations.

Google Fusion Tables

Fusion Tables is a new app from Google that gives you a very easy way to turn data into graphics. You can use it to display tabular data, create maps, graphs charts, animations and much more. It’s highly customizable and gives you the ability to really craft visual data with your own personal touches attached to it. It’s simply enough for novices to use and works on any web browser, not just Chrome.

Quadrigram

Quadrigram might not be completely free, but there is a free trial period during which you can use the tool to create excellent visual representations of your data. It’s very intuitive and flexible, giving you a lot of options for translating your information into a variety of visual forms.

Many Eyes project (IBM)

 If you are working with data that is sensitive, then you might want to avoid this tool. Since all of your datasets will appear publically. Otherwise, Many Eyes is a very versatile way to translate stats into pictures. It offers pie charts, word clouds, tree maps, Venn diagrams and much more. It is definitely one of the more sophisticated looking free tools out there.

Tableau

The greatest thing about Tableau is that it gives you suggestions on the type of visualization you should create based on the data that you have entered. The software is a bit more complex, but once you get a hang of it, the drag and drop options for creating your visualizations are very effect. It might take you a bit longer to get a hang of the software, but once you do it is an exceptional option for turning information into visuals.

Zoho Reports

If you are someone who is making visual presentations for business purposes most of the time, you might want to check out Zoho Reports. You can actually import your data from other file formats, such as Excel files, and turn them automatically into tables, pivot tables, pie charts and much more. The service also allows you to publish your reports on the web or share them with others very easily.

Datawrapper

Anyone looking for a quick and easy open source tool should give Datawrapper a try. It’s not too advanced when it comes to features, but of you need something simply and quick, it’s definitely hard to beat.

 Infogr.am

Infogr.am is not really a professional tool, but it can be fun to use. It’s preferably used to turn data into pictures that you can share with your friends via social media. It might not be something that you can use for your next business meeting, but it’s a fun and creative tool nonetheless.

Jolicharts

This is a great tool because it enables you to import your statistical data from Excel or Google Spreadsheets and then analyze it and create visual representations of it in real-time online. You can also turn your visualizations into slideshows that can be shared easily.

Piktochart

Here is yet another tool that allows you to important information from your already existing spreadsheets. It gives you well over 2,000 graphics to choose from in order to create a personalized infographic with your data. It is not a free tool completely, but does give you a free trial.

InstantAtlas

If you are looking to create visual data that is strictly related to maps and geography, this is probably the best tool to use. It enables you to combine statistics with great mapping visuals easily.

Exhibit

This is an open source tool that’s especially great for teachers to use. It can be used to create web pages that give you advanced filtering options and advanced text search possibilities. It’s great for creating informative and fun interactive content for students to use.

Visualize Free

Here’s another great free tool for building interactive visualizations in order to express your data in picture form. There are lots of options when it comes to charts, graphs and diagrams to choose from and it’s absolutely free to use.

Microsoft Excel

Excel might not have the greatest amount of features and options, but you can still use it to make simple charts and graphs from your spreadsheet data. If you want to get ready to use data from PDF into Excel, you can use our free PDF to Excel converter.

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Best Tools for Creating Venn Diagrams

If you have worked with any types of diagrams in the pasted, there’s a good chance that you know what a Venn diagram is already. It uses intersecting circles in order to show relationships between a variety of ideas.

The person who is responsible for bring us this type of diagram is John Venn, who invented the concept back in the 1880s. Venn diagrams are so effective that they are still used a great deal today.

To prove this point, here are seven tools that you can use to create your own digital Venn diagrams for free.

1. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

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If you have Microsoft Office installed, then you will be able to create a Venn diagram in the program. Just head over to the Insert tab, find the Illustrations group and then click on SmartArt.

In the SmartArt gallery, click on Relationship and then locate the Venn diagram layout and click “ok.”

Click on the circles, then the text pane and then type in the text you want to include.

2. OpenOffice

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OpenOffice is a free alternative for Microsoft Word, and it has a Venn diagram option as well, but it’s a bit longer process. To access it, click on the “Drawing” icon. Once the Draw application is open, click on the “Basic Shapes” button at the bottom of the drawing area, then select the “Circle” object. Click anywhere in the drawing area of the circle and drag the mouse to create a circle manually. He can change the colors and shapes of the circles as well, and ad your own text to create a Venn diagram.

3. Lucidchart Venn Diagram Maker

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This is a free option if you want a free tool that is great for creating charts and diagrams. It’s very easy to create all kinds of diagrams from scratch, Venn diagrams included. You can insert not only text, but also images and a variety of colors.

4. Creately Venn Diagram Maker

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If you are looking for a free online option for creating diagrams, flow charts, mind maps, and things of that nature, Creately is a fantastic option. It’s free to use and surprisingly robust. Venn diagrams come out great using this free software.

5. ClassTools Venn Templates

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ClassTools might not give you the fanciest Venn diagrams, but it does give you simply and effective ones. All it takes is a couple of seconds to create your diagram. The site also gives you the option to host the diagram on your blog or website very easily. It’s also popular because you don’t need to sign up or give any passwords to use it. Of course, it’s free of charge as well.

6. SmartDraw Venn Diagram Software

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It’s hard to find a Venn diagram creator that is easier to use than SmartDraw. You get a ready to use Venn diagram template and all you have to do is enter your text in where you need it. Another good thing about this tool is that it allows you to create your Venn diagrams and then insert them in your Microsoft Office documents if you prefer to make them here instead of in Microsoft Office. It is a paid tool, but there is a free trial period that you can use.

7. Gliffy’s Venn diagrams

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This is another web-based tool that you can use if you prefer working online instead of having to download software. It’s very easy to use to build your own Venn diagrams, but you need to sign in and make your own free account. Free users can make five diagrams and have 2MB of free storage space for these diagrams that they create.

6 Great Everyday Tips for Windows 8 Users

Windows is without a doubt the most popular operating system and millions of people around the world use it. That’s why it never hurts to get new tips and tricks on how to work in Windows a little more efficiently and effectively than usual.

Here are six quick and easy tips that can help you make your Windows experience a little bit more intuitive and enjoyable.

1) Bring back shadow copies

If you have moved on to Windows 8, then you might be missing shadow copies from 7. These were built-in backups of files that you were working on that were clearly visible while the document was opened and undergoing changes.

Once you activated shadow copies, you were safe from losing the data you were working on, no matter what. And even though it’s no longer available on Windows 8, there is a function called File History, that works just as well. Just go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History.

2) Sorting files in order to find them easily

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If you have a folder in which you have hundreds or thousands of files, it could be a real pain to find what you are looking for at that moment. In order to sort them, right-click on the folder background and then find the sort option. You can sort the files by date, meaning that the ones you have accessed most recently will be shown first, or you can sort them by name, file type, and other options.

This “recent” option comes in particularly handy when trying to find out which files you deleted most recently when restoring something from your Recycle Bin.

3) Create desktop shortcuts

A lot of people think that they need to store a file on their desktop in order to easily access it from there, but that’s not the case. You can keep the file stored in another folder and then simply create a shortcut for the file. The “create shortcut” option is also available from the right-click menu.

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Now just take the shortcut that you have created and move it to the desktop so that you can easily access the file from the desktop without having to actually store it there.

4) Clean up your download folder

The download folder can be a messy place. It’s a folder that you usually do not pay attention to, since you usually open whatever you download straight out of the browser. But over time, it can get very crowded in there. Sometimes you’ll have so many things in the download folder that when you try to open it, it could take a couple of minutes.

It’s a good idea to open the folder periodically and clean it out, deleting all of the files you no longer need, like RAR files you’ve already extracted elsewhere. This will make the folder much easier to navigate when you are looking for something important.

5) Convert files from the desktop

If you ever need to convert a file from one format into another, you don’t have to head over to a conversion website. You can do it right from your desktop with the help of the Cometdocs Desktop app.

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Just download and install the app, and then convert files to and from PDF by right-clicking on them and selecting the appropriate conversion option.

6) Use the Favorites option

If you have a folder that you are using very regularly, slide it over into the Favorites section of Windows Explorer. All you need to do is open Explorer, find the folder and then drag it to the left sidebar and into your favorite.

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You will now be able to easily access the folder as soon as you open Windows Explorer, without having to click through your computer searching for it. This is yet another great way to avoid desktop clutter. Put the file in your Favorites instead of moving it to your desktop for quicker access.