How To Add A Watermark To PDF Documents

From password encryption to limited file permissions, there are different ways to lock down your PDF content. But oftentimes, you may not fully appreciate what they’re capable of.  Those features are crucial because though you may not realize it, a PDF file on its own isn’t as secure as you may think.

As a universal file format, the PDF preserves the look and feel of your original document for sharing with others regardless of platform or device. But without security settings on your PDF, there’s no way to stop someone from opening the file and taking credit for your content. 

Because of this you need to be creative with how you control and secure your file. Passwords are a good start. File permissions are even better. What else? What happens if your file travels beyond the “trusted” recipient?

To prevent malicious users from taking advantage of your content, there are a few other things you can do to protect and help boost the security of your PDF.  

Why You Should Add A Watermark To Your PDF Pages

For instance, simple additions like a watermark annotation can be used alongside the heavy duty PDF encryption features you’re using. It’s a simple way to add one or two more levels of flexibility when securing your content. Here are a few ways:

  • A watermark can easily help users identify the status of your PDF content. It can be used as a visual warning to designate your document as confidential or for internal use only.
  • Watermarking each page of your file can help protect your intellectual property from being passed off as someone else’s when the file is shared with others.
  • Adding a watermark of your logo or brand is effective for publication material you want to identify as belonging to your company without completely locking the PDF down. It allows you to identify the distributed content as yours and add a professional touch to your material.
  • No matter who opens the file, whether they’re an authorized user or not, a watermark will always be visible in the PDF, right on the pages that are being viewed.  

Having different options when it comes to document security is definitely a bonus  as you oftentimes won’t know how your content will be used. Using a watermark is an effective way to cover all your bases. This is why Able2Extract Professional 11 has added the ability to insert watermark annotations into  PDF files.

Adding A Watermark To Your PDF

With Able2Extract Professional 11, watermarks can be easily customized according to your needs. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to add a watermark to your PDF:

1. Open your PDF in Able2Extract Pro 11

2. Go to View > PDF Annotations Panel

3. In the side panel, click on the Add Watermark icon.

Able2Extract 11 Add Watermark

You’ll get the following dialog box where you can customize, position, your watermark:

Able2Extract 11 Watermark Options

4. You have two options on how to create a watermark:

To insert an existing image as a watermark,

a) Click on the Image radio button in the Source section.

b) Click on the Browse button.

c) Select your image from your computer and click on Open.

Able2Extract 11 Inserting Watermark Image

d) Scale the Image size as needed.

Able2Extract 11 Logo Watermark

To insert your own custom text as a watermark,

a) Click on the Text radio button.

b) Type in your text.

Customizing Text Watermark

c) Customize the Font, Size, and Color of your text watermark.

Able2Extract 11 Text Watermark

5. When you have your watermark inserted, you can then tailor it further with the settings below:

Selecting Watermark Settings

  • Appearance: Adjust the opacity of the watermark to allow text from behind to show through. You can also adjust the angle and rotation at which you want the watermark
  • Page: Decide what percentage of the narrow side of the margin you want your watermark to appear on the page.
  • Position: Choose where you want the watermark to appear–in either one of the top or bottom left- or right-hand corners, top and bottom center, left or right, or dead center in the middle of the page.
  • Page Range: Selectively decide which pages need a watermark by specifying the first and last pages where your watermark will appear.

6. After your watermark is completed, save the PDF with the name and in the location of your choice.

Experimenting this feature a bit can help you explore an extra layer of  security. See how a watermark works for your content with Able2Extract Professional 11, Test it out with a 7 day free trial.

 

How To Keep Your 2017 New Year’s Resolution With A Few Apps

2017 Agenda Calendar

As 2017 begins, everyone starts to put their New Year’s resolution into action. It’s all about a clean slate and starting the year off right. But no matter how hard you try, there’s always that one resolution that never materializes.

That’s why this post is aimed at helping you stick to those resolutions. Here we drop a few app and tool names for you to check out. Achieve some of the most common New Year’s goals. No excuses!

Start discovering a few apps for the following resolutions:

Saving More Money

With tech developments at an all time high, it’s easy to spend your money on phones, entertainment systems and accessories, HD TVs, new computers, laptops and hardware. That’s a big strain on the wallet. Saving money for bigger life changes is harder than ever.

Fortunately, with apps and tools such as Mint, GoodBudget, and MoneyWiz you can keep your financial goals synced, updated and in sight. Each tool can easily replace makeshift spreadsheets and calculations and set you up with a system capable of putting your finances in order and helping you reach your financial goals.

Getting Fit And Healthy

Who doesn’t have this New Year’s resolution at least once in their lifetime? Staying fit and healthy is on the uptick with dietary calorie counters, fitness tech watches and health monitoring apps. But as much as they help keep your health activity on track, how well do they motivate or support you when you’re feeling down or lazy?

Fitness Equipment

In such cases, tools like MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, MyNetDiary, Social Workout and SparkPeople can help give you that added boost. They each have a strong user community of individuals like you where you can gain that much needed support. Connect whenever a moment of weakness arises.

Personal Development Goals

Sometimes the one thing you’d like to improve isn’t physical at all. We’re talking about personal development. Want to improve your habits? Be less negative? Become more mindful? Confident? No matter what your goal, these following apps will help you stay on track to get there.

Wunderlist, Bucketlist.org, Lifetick.com, and Mindbloom are great tools for outlining, tracking and staying on top of your goals whether they be aimed at changing your life or your routine. For goals aimed at developing and improving habits, try checking out tools like 21Habit, Coach.me,  Goal Tracker (Android) or Strides that keep you committed to progress.

Learning Something New

This is a self-taught, DIY age where you can learn anything, so this resolution is often easy to make, but hard to keep up. The most common reasons of doing so? There’s no time or you can’t find the right course.

However, there are educational sources and apps (some paid) that can eliminate those hurdles by being accessible and credible. Udemy, Lynda.com, TEDTalk, Coursera are classic faves that will connect you to quality content online. For iOS users, you can’t get a better resource than iTunesU. With the amount of material you’ll find with each source, the only problem will be narrowing your course load.

Going Paperless

Is going paperless on your list? This is a resolution that not only helps you contribute to a greater environmental cause, but also keeps you updated with digital work trends that are going on around you. If you’re at a loss on how to start, begin by turning paper records into digital files.

Annotating PDF Documents

CamScanner and GeniusScan are cost-effective tools to create scanned PDFs of paper receipts or documents on the spot with a smartphone. But that’s only half the battle. Once you get your documents in PDF format, you can then use tools like Able2Extract Professional 11 to work and edit PDFs.

Cleaning Out Your Data

You snap pictures, shoot videos, share images, save files, and add music files to your device and computer everyday. So the new year can be the perfect opportunity to clean out old junk files. Yet tediously backing up files you want to keep first may be keeping you from that goal. But it’s actually easier than you think.

Mobile users can turn to iCloud (for connecting iOS and Apple devices) or CM Backup  (Android).  If those don’t cut it, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.com are easily the most popular and flexible solutions for backing up data that cover both mobile and desktop platforms.

Stop Procrastination And Increase Productivity

This resolution is a hard one. For anyone who is in the habit of putting things off due to poor time management skills, we dug up a few tools that can help in each case.

Looking for a way to keep yourself focused? You can’t track your time any better with  apps and tools like Pomodoro, FocusBooster, Pomello.  By combining both timers with apps like Todoist and Trello, you can boost your productivity and get your tasks done faster.

 

Overall, the secret to a successful new you in 2017 is to keep your resolutions realistic so you can keep them up. And with a few helpful tools, you’ll be one lean, mean goalkeeping machine.

Have you ever achieved your New Year’s resolution? Share your story on what helped you get there.

6 Ways Able2Extract Pro 11 Is Making Your Paperwork Easier

Editing Pages

If there’s one pain point for businesses, it’s the paperwork. Or rather the digital document work.

It’s the multiple tasks you have to do with PDF documents that can range anywhere from filing and revising to securing and reviewing. What makes it even tougher is that most of those documents are in the PDF format.

If you’ve been struggling to get your business on track with all the PDF work that needs to be done, you’ll be happy to know that Able2Extract Pro 11 is aimed at making things easier and stress free from here on in.

Take a look.

1. Contract Revisions Are Simplified

In any business, it’s essential to get contracts that cover everything. From drawing them up to negotiating terms, half the battle is in the collaboration process. Contract drafts are usually transmitted via PDF and can span multiple pages. Revisions aren’t fun and performing the edits, even worse.

PDF Annotations Panel

But here’s where it gets a bit simpler. Able2Extract Pro 11 can help you annotate PDF contracts right on the page. You can highlight clauses you don’t agree with, insert carets where text needs to be re-worded, or add sticky notes on additional details that should be considered.

 2. Redact Sensitve PDF Data When You Need To 

One thing about paperwork that can give you a ton of stress is leaking information you aren’t supposed to. Take tax filings, for instance. What’s more stressful than filing taxes for your business? Being selected for a tax audit where the revenue agency will inspect every ledger, receipt, and banking statement you have. The accuracy of your business books is crucial, but so is the security of the information that doesn’t need to be inspected.

Redacting PDF Data

This is where redacting any sensitive information is essential. Able2Extract Pro 11 can permanently and selectively delete any information you don’t want displayed. No need to extract the data to Word, insert makeshift black rectangles around your text, and re-convert it to PDF.  You can simply open your PDF, redact your content, and save your file.

3. You Can Work With Third Parties Seamlessly

Working with third-parties can be a nightmare when the documents passed around are secured PDFs and you all need to work around them. Having access to PDFs you can interact with is the first thing you need.

For those needing a way to work openly with security and PDF files by encrypting and decrypting your PDFs. Able2Extract Pro 11 will let you open, edit and decrypt PDFs to keep the collaboration process going. Or you can open, redact, and then encrypt the file to ensure that sensitive details aren’t leaked.

4. Edit Professional Business PDFs Without Converting

When it comes to company information in PDF, your first instinct is to type on the page in order to add in your changes. But it isn’t as straightforward as typing in MS Word. In fact, the inability to do what you naturally would is at the core of everyone’s frustration with the format.

But you can now expect to update your PDF documents almost in the same way you would in a Word Document. Whether you need to update pricing lists, product information brochures or company newsletters, simple text and page dits are possible in Able2Extract Pro 11. You can match the font, colour and size of the existing text or merge and split pages by just clicking in the PDF editing side panel.

Check out the video above for a taste of how to edit PDF files the smart way.

5.  Access Scanned PDF Information Easily

Thus far, the completely paperless office hasn’t arrived yet, which means you still have to cater to and work with scanned documents that are emailed in. This is especially hard when you need to access textual data from that PDF.

Able2Extract Pro has already had the scanned PDF conversion part nailed for years. What’s new is that it can convert image-only scanned PDFs into PDFs with searchable text. This means that you can navigate through PDF text with the search functionality when you need to make changes or find certain sections in lengthy PDFs.

6. Tweak Professional Branding Material Yourself

Marketing and branding material is essential when you run your company. When you need to distribute brochures or information packages online, your professional material will be published in the PDF format. So how do you effectively edit the branding material you have?

Improved PDF Editor

The enhanced PDF Editor in Able2Extract Pro 11 has a few new editing features that will allow you to make additions and refined edits to PDFs. It will allow you to modify content page objects: business logos, page borders, and large PDF page art. You can also add in images and insert vector shapes for an added visual boost. Make your edits right in the PDF without the need for conversion or any graphics software.

Business productivity is about to change. It’s all about getting set up with the tools that can get the job done. See where Able2Extract Professional 11 fits into your workflow. Test it out for 7 days with a free trial version.

Able2Extract Professional 11–The Only PDF Tool You’ll Ever Need

 

Able2Extract Pro Icon

It’s been over a week since we launched Able2Extract Professional 11 and we hope you’re all enjoying the latest features and the boost in productivity.

As you may have noticed during this year’s launch, Able2Extract Professional is the only tool we’ve upgraded. And no, we didn’t forget to upgrade the Standard version.  In fact, we decided that, in order to give you the best in PDF conversion technology, we’re now focusing solely on Able2Extract Professional.

The Standard version has been an Investintech staple from the very early days, but we believe that providing you with one tool is, by far, a more effective solution to getting your PDF tasks done.   

In other words, this change means giving you a product that allows you to do every PDF task you need without having to resort to another tool. As a result, you get a complete out-of-the-box PDF user experience.

OCR Conversion Results

On top of PDF editing, annotation and redaction, as well as upgraded PDF security features, you now get the added bonus of scanned PDF conversion. You can integrate hard copy documents into your digital workflow seamlessly.

There are a few details to note with this change, though.  

Save More With Discounted Upgrades

As a licensed user of a prior version, you are entitled to a significantly discounted upgrade to our all-new Able2Extract Professional 11.

Upgrades from all Able2Extract Standard versions to Able2Extract Professional 11 is only $49.50.  You don’t need to pay full price to get the new version and the latest features.   

Get More From Technical And Customer Support

In addition, we encourage everyone to join our  Software Advantage Plan for complete, uninterrupted and upgraded support when making the transition.  It costs only $39.95 for a yearly subscription for front-of-the-line support on your most pressing issues and questions.

Plus, there are other VIP member perks to enjoy:

  • Free access to all minor products updates and major upgrade
  • Exclusive access to new, unreleased product builds
  • A personalized web portal
  • Special volume discounts

This is a major change, but it’s a positive one. The goal: to make your Investintech experience better than ever.  If you haven’t checked out Able2Extract Professional 11 yet, you can try it free for 7-days.

Investintech Launches Able2Extract Professional 11

Get ready to see some drastic changes in how you work with PDF documents because we just released Able2Extract Professional 11 and this version is big on boosting your PDF productivity.

Able2Extract Professional 11

This latest version is aimed at making editing PDFs a simple task. Here’s a look at how the new and improved Able2Extract Professional can make PDF tasks go faster, smoother and easier.  

Annotate PDF Pages While Viewing Them

If you review PDFs on a daily basis, you’ll love this new addition. You can now freely annotate your PDF documents as you go. This feature lets you mark up PDF text as you would with any hard copy document.

You can digitally add new sticky notes, links, stamps, highlights, underlines, squiggly lines, strikeouts, carets, attachments and watermarks:

PDF Annotations Panel

Whether you’re performing PDF research or adding comments on a collaborative document, you can ensure that your notes and markup stay on the page.  

In addition, if you’re working with PDFs that are being sent around to team members, you can interact, review and post replies to any existing PDF comments.

Permanently Delete Sensitive PDF Data

While PDF files are meant to make your content universally accessible, there are times when you need to keep the information in them confidential.  

Now instead of converting the original PDF, deleting that information and then generating another PDF from the edited content, you can simply do it right in the interface.

Permanent PDF Redaction

The new Redaction tool can delete any sensitive page content. And much like the content selection options, Able2Extract Professional 11 allows you to selectively eliminate either lines or entire pages from your PDF documents before you send them out.

And the best part? The deleted content remains deleted.

Create Better, Richer PDF Content

Ever deal with PDF content you wish you could improve with an small image or visual? By adding eye catching elements to marketing content, learning material or company brochures you can achieve your goals more effectively.  It may sound like a tedious task, but it isn’t.

Adding Image To PDF

The new Able2Extract Professional will let you instantly add images, text or vector graphics directly into the PDF  itself. Add existing .bmp, .jpeg, .png, .gif and .tiff images right onto your PDF pages. Or select from 9 vector shapes to insert onto the displayed page:

Adding PDF Vector Shape

You can improve the content of your PDF documents on the spot through the side editing panel.

Modify Your PDF Content

Get flexible editing control over your PDF content. Able2Extract Professional 11 allows for detailed modifications with the improved PDF content editor. It lets you specify fine page content object drawing properties, such as line dash style, line cap style, line join style, and miter limit.

Refining diagrams, professional headers and text for a more polished look can be done without an external graphic design software.

PDF Text Vector Editing
You get the ability to customize your PDF text and shapes by filling them with color and even customize their outline. You can even rotate PDF text, shapes and images by 90° and 180° with the newly added “Rotate” buttons. Experience a complete content editing experience right within your PDF.

Increase Your AutoCAD Productivity

Able2Extract Professional 11 is now an even more powerful addition to AutoCAD toolboxes everywhere. Because AutoCAD PDFs contain highly advanced content, not many PDF programs can deal with them head on. Well, with this latest version you can increase your PDF-AutoCAD productivity.

Able2Extract Professioanl 11 now allows CAD professionas to convert multiple PDFs to AutoCAD through the Batch conversion feature and transfer scanned AutoCAD PDF content into other CAD applications.  The software can be integrated into your design workflow seamlessly.

Secure Important PDF Document Information  

On top of the existing security features in Able2Extract Professional you can encrypt and decrypt existing PDF documents. So if you come across a secured PDF that needs a quick tweak or has a line or two that needs to be redacted, you can make your changes, decrypt the PDF and get it sent around.

Enhanced PDF Security

Able2Extract Professional 11 allows you to set passwords and file permissions, allowing you to customize the security on existing PDF documents on the spot.

You can get Able2Extract Professional 11 and all the above features for $149.95 on the latest Windows, Mac and Linux (Fedora and Ubuntu) systems. If you still aren’t convinced, you can see a demo of latest version in action for yourself:

Download the 7 day free trial and discover just how much it’ll improve the way you work!