Top 6 Canadian Tech Inventions

Top tech inventions invented by Canadians

The big weekend is ahead of us. Yes, July 1st is just a few days away. And if you’re a Canadian, you already know what we’re referring to. If not, let us explain why this milestone is so important to us.

July 1st is the National day of Canada a.k.a. Canada Day. On this day all Canadians celebrate the anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution Act, which united the three separate colonies of Canada (Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) that took place on July 1st, 1867.

The holiday is celebrated nationwide with many outdoor public events,  parades, concerts, festivals, and of course, the traditional barbeque and fireworks. Since the festive spirit is already permeating our office, we’ve decided to brush up on our knowledge of Canadian ingenuity and take a look at some inventions brought to us by those from Great White North.

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7 Types of Able2Extract Users

Seven Types of Able2Extract Users

The more traditional way of doing business in most industries has taken a hard turn and it’s heading towards the ”outdated land” fast. Now, most businesses are on the road to a digital work environment where most of the work is done with the help of technology.   

The use of technology and software changes the way we communicate, collaborate and get work done for the better– in most cases, at least. Furthermore, they change our work habits. Take PDF software, for example. Thanks to PDF tools such as Able2Extract Professional, we’re able to transition from a paper-cluttered workplace to a cleaner work setting where documents are digitally manipulated and stored.

Most people have their rituals when it comes to working with a piece of software. For instance, some like to check all of the toolbars, others on the other hand, prefer a more sleek looking interface that is easy on the eyes. Able2Extract users are no different.

Our preferences say a lot about who we are and how we work. That’s why we decided to round up seven of the most common types of Able2Extract users with regards to how they view and work with their PDFs.

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Able2Extract Keyboard Shortcuts

Essential Able2Extract keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to save valuable time and boost your workflow. Basically, shortcuts allow you to execute a specific operation with just a few strokes on the keyboard instead of using your mouse. Mastering just the right shortcuts can make a massive impact on your daily productivity and investing time into learning them is a smart move.

Able2Extract shortcuts are no exception. Yes, it’s already easy to perform most of the operations with just a few mouse drag and clicks, but there’s also a vast scope of what you can accomplish by just using keyboard shortcuts.

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PDF To Excel Conversion: Fixing Misplaced Column Content

How to fix misplaced text in PDF to Excel conversion

PDF to Excel conversion is probably the most problematic conversion of them all. Why? Because PDFs don’t contain formatting or rows & columns unless they’re tagged. Furthermore, chances that you’re dealing with a tagged PDF are really slim, to say the least.  

Bottom line, you need to accept the fact that you won’t get an accurate PDF to Excel conversion, right? Wrong! We’ll show you how to save yourself from having to clean up hundreds of misaligned and poorly formatted rows and columns as a result of the poor conversion.

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Pros & Cons of Open Source in Business

Arguments for and against open source in a business place

FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) is software whose source code is openly shared with anyone. In plain words, this means that anyone can freely access, distribute and modify such software. Contrary to it, proprietary software is copyrighted and the source code is not available.

Both the open source and the commercial movement have strong advocates in their ranks. One argument is that the open-source method of developing software is far superior to commercial methods. Others disagree and point out the importance of performance assurance delivered by a successful commercial company.

One thing is for sure, FOSS has come a long way since the 80s. Back then running your business on open-source software was unimaginable. Now, FOSS has made its way into the computers of many enterprises such as Amazon, IBM, and Google, just to name a few.

The times of open source software being met with skepticism by entrepreneurs and business professionals are long behind us. FOSS has become mainstream. Why? It’s simple, open-source software offers many compelling benefits to the business sector.

But, just like with anything else in life, there are two sides to the coin. Using open source in the business place has some drawbacks that need to be considered too.

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