Create Instant PowerPoint Presentations With Sonic PDF Creator


While the name of Sonic PDF Creator says it all for the software, there’s more to this PDF creator than you think.  You already know that it allows you to create professional PDF documents with all the bells and whistles, plus edit and modify those same files for a more tailored file.

However, what you probably didn’t know at first glance is that Sonic PDF Creator will also let you turn PDF documents to PowerPoint Presentations on the spot.

This  feature is a dead simple way to get an instant presentation out of a PDF file. It’s perfect for setting up a quick presentation in the boardroom or in class when presenting the content as a PDF won’t cut it. Here’s a quick tutorial on the feature.

Creating PowerPoint Files With Sonic

1. Open your PDF document in Sonic PDF Creator.

2. Go to Tools> Create PowerPoint file... 

Creating-PowerPoint-files

3. Define the Page Range.

4. Specify your new PowerPoint file name along with the dimensions of your presentation.

5. Select the content size of your PowerPoint slides.

6. Click on OK.

Creating a PowerPoint presentation this way will generate a basic image-based presentation, which means that you won’t be able to create an editable presentation you can edit or add text to.

However, you’ll be able to add shapes and text on top of the image in MS PowerPoint.  So this feature works best if you have a PDF presentation that’s ready to go, no edits or fine-tuning needed.

The PDF format is great at storing and displaying visually rich content, but there are times when a quick PowerPoint presentation will work out better.  Have you tried it out yet?

Don’t forget to check out and enter our Facebook giveaway where you can get a copy of  Sonic for  free!

Special Giveaway Offer—Get Able2Doc And Sonic PDF Creator FREE!

If you’re looking for a good PDF converter at a good price, you’re in luck!  It’s been a while since our last Facebook giveaway, and we thought it was high time for another one.

Only this time around we thought we’d plan something special. Because we know that sometimes converting to PDF isn’t enough, we decided to add on another bonus offer–the ability to create PDFs as well!

That’s right. We put our heads together and came up with a joint social network giveaway you’re sure to enjoy.  We’re giving away Able2Doc PDF to Word Converter 7.0 on Facebook and Sonic PDF Creator 3.0 on Twitter!

Able2Doc and Sonic PDF Creator

With this giveaway, you get the best of both worlds. Whether you want to download your Facebook data in PDF or need to take a quick snapshot of a PDF page, these two tools will have you covered. If you’re new to our software tools, here’s a look at what the two PDF software tools can do.

Some great conversion features Able2Doc has to offer:

Viewing PDFs in Able2Doc

  • Pinpoint selective conversion: select and convert only the content you need
  • PDF to MS Word conversion (.DOCX, .RTF,  and Word 2007)
  • Various MS Word outputs available: Text, Frames and Standard
  • Convert to MS Word open source alternative, Open Office Writer (ODT)
  • Several PDF to Word conversion options for complex graphics, tables, and simple text
  • Available for Windows, Mac and Linux

And here’s a quick look at the advanced things you can do with Sonic’s PDF creation  and editing features:

Sonic PDF Creation

  • PDF file editing:  merge and split PDFs;  add or delete pages; edit PDF properties
  • PDF security options: add encryption, watermarks and passwords
  • PDF creation: add headers, footers, bookmarks, attachments
  • Create booklets, handouts and PowerPoint files
  • Batch conversion to PDF

 How to Get Able2Doc and Sonic PDF Creator

Our Facebook giveaways are known for their easy access method. So we decided to link it up with our Twitter giveaway.  When you “Like” our Facebook page now, you also get a quick chance to cash in on Sonic before Able2Doc.

You’ll need to keep an eye out for the directions on the Giveaway Tab once you hit the “Like” button because you’ll only get it once. Moreover, you only have 2 minutes to take advantage of the offer.

Here’s the step-by-step process for each. To get Able2Doc,

1. “Like” the Investintech Facebook page and head over to the Giveaway Tab

2. Copy the free 5-digit download code and click on the link below it.

Copy Able2Doc Code

3. Paste the code into the field on the Able2Doc product page

4. Click on “Download”

To get Sonic,

1. “Like” the Investintech Facebook page

2. Enter your Twitter handle in the timed dialog.

3. Retweet our official giveaway message  (ensure that Facebook popups are enabled and that you are logged in to Twitter)

4. Follow @able2extract on Twitter to receive your Sonic PIN via Direct Message

Twitter Follow Able2Extract

We’ll be verifying your entry to make sure it meets all requirements:  retweet, follow and user handle submission.  

So don’t forget to Follow us on Twitter or you’ll miss out.  Direct Messages can only be sent to Tweeters who are followers.

Unfortunately, because we can’t be online 24/7, we’ll be distributing PINs during business hours Eastern Standard Time (EST) from 9am to 5pm. If you submit your entry on a Saturday, we’ll be getting to you on Monday morning.

And that’s it!

We’ll be holding this giveaway for a limited time. So tweet, share, and spread the word!

 

Updated: October 11, 2013

Updated: August 15, 2014

When Should Jobseekers Use A PDF Resume?

Classic Job Resume

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Finding the perfect job is never easy. You go through the same process of scouting job openings, applying for positions, and interviewing for them.

Whether it’s to help pay for college or part of a career change, you will eventually face the age-old debate about which format to use for your resume.

Oftentimes, you may find a perfect job opening with directions on how to apply. Other times, the only instructions you get are to email your resume in. Should you send in a PDF or Word document?

To help you make an informed decision on when to use the PDF format, here are 5 things you should keep in mind.

MS Word Resumes Don’t Always Turn Out Right

With Word documents that can be opened in compatible applications, you can be sure that your resume will be opened by anyone with a word processor. However, depending on the software used on the other end, your resume can actually turn out differently than planned.

Recruiter Twitter Comment

Source: @DmitriESAH

All the formatting and fonts you carefully set up in MS Word can be completely useless in Open Office, for instance.  Moreover, if your resume’s appearance is important for positions like graphic design, you can’t afford to have your content compromised.

In such situations, using the PDF format will be a good option. It will faithfully preserve your formatting and layout. You want to stand out from the rest of the applicants, but not for the wrong reasons.

You Should Always Have A Backup

In this day and age there are tons of ways to get your resume online and visible. Moreover, improving a resume with media and graphics is now a growing trend.  Thus, people may tell you that there isn’t any need to keep an offline copy.

Well, as a general rule of thumb, you should always have a PDF back up on hand.  Should anything go wrong with your online portfolio or media based submission, employers will certainly come back and ask for a resume.

This is one instance where the PDF will be a good format to send in. It will cut down on any other additional issues the employer may have in reviewing your basic work history and resume.

Recruiters May Decide The Resume Format For You

If you decide to work with a recruiter, he or she may actually have a preference for certain file formats that make it easier to add comments to your resume during the screening process. Recruiter Donna Svei over at AdviceCareerist explains the reasoning behind this:

As a recruiter, when I read a resume, I might want to add a piece of missing information. I might see a question that your resume raises but doesn’t answer. I might want to add a comment about something I particularly like.

In other words, you may be advised against using the PDF, which prevents a recruiter from interacting with your resume. But having someone add comments to your resume you don’t know about might not sit well with you.

Thus, if you decide to switch gears and apply for jobs on your own, the PDF format will be the best way to go. It will give you control over your resume and protect it from unwanted edits

HR Hiring Workflows Can Be Automated

Big companies will often have a human resource (HR) department working for them with their own systems in place. They may be using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which can screen, sort, and handle all the resume data being submitted. Usually these work with databases that are key-word searchable, which might not take to the PDF format too easily.

So if you’ve sent in a PDF, “[t]his means the chance of your resume being seen has been lost,” Toni Bowers of the Career Management blog pointed out in a post. “Newer applicant tracking systems are doing a much better job at reading PDF conversions, but you have no way of knowing if the company you’re applying to is using a new version.”

That being said, an MS Word document may be called for when dealing with bigger companies. Yet note that with smaller companies the situation may be different. It’s more than likely that resumes for small- to medium-sized businesses will be screened and reviewed by humans. In those cases, sending a PDF resume can be a safe bet.

LinkedIn Profiles Aren’t Enough

Joining LinkedIn is one of the first things anyone should do when job hunting. It lets you set up a profile, connect with others in the same field, and research available positions. As such, a LinkedIn profile may be the only form of a resume you have.

Joining LinkedIn

However, when employers are hiring for highly specific positions, you may need a more formal application submission than a link.  In this case, you can convert your LinkedIn profile to a PDF resume and submit it. Having a standard PDF version of your profile is a convenient alternative to send in. Just make sure you update the PDF when you update your profile.

So if you’re torn between submitting an MS Word file or creating a PDF resume, consider the above points. Find out what HR professionals are saying, and think of who, what, and how your resume content will be used.

Bonus Resume Tips:

Do you use a PDF file for sending around your resume? Share your thoughts below!

 

How To Download And View Wikipedia Offline

The Internet is a great resource. There are tons of ways to find the information you’re searching for. One example, the popular go-to resource: Wikipedia. When you search the Internet for anything, a Wikipedia article is probably one of the first Google results you click on.

But what if you’re in an Internet black hole and need to do some preliminary research? We’re always looking up quick details on vacation destinations, historical events, celebrities, word definitions, and perhaps even PDF conversion.

You’d be hard pressed to find a research source as accessible as Wikipedia without the Internet. Or would you?

In the past, we showed you how to create a PDF file of Wikpedia articles you could take with you. Well, we came across yet another neat solution where you can actually create your own offline version using WikiTaxi.

What is WikiTaxi?

WikiTaxi is an app that lets you download Wikipedia’s database to your computer which you can view, search, and browse offline. According to the project page, it’s a “single-file application” that “does not require a database engine or HTML browser.”

So how does WikiTaxi do it? The app uses Wikipedia’s original database dumps. Data dumps, in general, are outputs of data that are used as a backup. But it can also be used to replicate the database. This is essentially what you’ll be doing with WikiTaxi.

How To Download Your Own Wikipedia

To start getting your own offline Wikipedia, you’ll be downloading a Wikipedia database file and the WikiTaxi application from the Internet. The application has the offline Wikipedia viewer and importer you need. Then you’ll be importing the database file into a WikiTaxi database you can use.

Let’s get started.

*A word of warning: you’ll be dealing with large file sizes. So download times may be slow.

1. Download one of the Wiki backups. Some of the ones recommended on the project’s site:

You can also check the main Wikipedia database download list for yourself. It is updated on a regular basis. So you’ll want to look for the latest version, though you can choose any dated data dump you wish (we used the August 23 version for this tutorial).

It may look complicated, but don’t be intimidated. Zero in on the –pages-articles.xml.bz2 file. Download this file type only.

Wikipedia Database File Selection

2. Once that’s done, download the WikiTaxi app.  You can find the latest download in the upper left hand corner of the project page

3. Extract the WikiTaxi zipped application file to a folder of your choice

4. Once extracted, click on the WikiTaxi_Importer.exe file

5. In the XML dump file to import section, click on Browse and select the database file you downloaded in step one

6. For the WikiTaxi database file section, click on Browse and select where you want the folder installed. Type in a name for the database to be created, and click on Save

Naming your WikiTaxi Database

7. Click on Import Now!  

Importing a Wikipedia Database

8. Once the import is finished, click on the WikiTaxi.exe in the application file folder. This is your viewer. Click on Options> Open *.taxi Database…

Accessing WikiTaxi Options

Opening the WikiTaxi Database

9.  Browse for and select the database file you created (our “Wikipedia.taxi” from step 7). The application will then start at a random page, but you can easily start browsing away from it to other articles.

Viewing Wikipedia Offline

Aside from viewing Wikipedia pages, the application will also let you perform searches, find words in the page you’re viewing, select fonts for better reading, and create a desktop shortcut for quick access.

We always talk about how working on the cloud and over the internet offers a lot of convenience. But WikiTaxi just goes to show that there are ways you can make working without the internet just as convenient too!

Trim Down Large PDF Files With These 5 Simple Tips

One of the biggest pet peeves of dealing with a PDF file is the large file size.  There’s nothing worse than an email stuck in your outbox because of a large PDF attachment—unless, of course, it’s a slow PDF download from the web.

How can you slim down the size of your PDF document? While this heavily depends from PDF to PDF and the type of content it contains, there are a few general PDF creation options in particular which you should pay close attention to.  Some fine-tuning here and there will go a long way to shave the megabytes off of your file.

Use The “Save As” Command

This is a good place to start to cutting down the bloat.  Every time you hit Save in an application, you end up with a usually bigger file size. This is because the function saves the changes and appends them to the file. The same goes for PDF files.

Saving PDF files

Instead, use the “Save As” command. By doing this, you overwrite the entire file, eliminating unused objects and accumulated changes. The result is a smaller PDF file you can manage. So go for the “Save As” option once you’ve added everything you need to your PDF.

Compress And Downsample PDF Images

Given the visual nature of digital content today, images are a big part of PDF files. However, if your PDF isn’t intended for high resolution needs, you can keep your file under control by downsampling and compressing your images. When you downsample bitmap images you basically decrease the amount of pixels in it which reduces the overall resolution and hence, the size of the PDF.

Compressing PDF Images

Downsampling options will tell your PDF program know how you want to delete those pixels. You’ll be able to choose mainly between bicubic, subsample, and average downsampling methods. Each has its own advantages, so choose wisely. As well,  you can  usually set the desired resolutions and decide if you want to compress your images using popular compression algorithms such as  ZIP, LZW, or JPEG.

Choose The Right Colour Space

You may have heard of RGB and CMYK colour spaces before. Each one has different methods of handling colour. In general, CMYK is ideal for print purposes, while RGB caters to on screen viewing.

If your PDF is mainly going to be viewed on the web or on a computer screen, choose the RGB colour space for your PDF images.  In some PDF creators, you can choose to convert CMYK images to RGB if needed. It requires less data than CMYK. And one less data channel means a smaller file size. 

Subset Your Fonts

By embedding fonts, you are essentially attaching the entire character set within the PDF, which can puff up the file significantly. Try to subset the fonts instead. It will keep the PDF size to a minimum.

Embedding PDF Fonts Options

When you subset a font, you attach only the font characters that are used in the PDF. If a special character like “#” isn’t used in the file, the character won’t be included. In most cases, you can choose to automatically subset fonts if the character usage is less than a certain amount. Take advantage of this feature if you have it. Your PDF fonts are just as equally important as your images.

Remove Unnecessary Frills

Depending on who and what your PDF content is intended for, you can scale down the bloat considerably. Applications that create PDFs for specific needs, like Adobe’s Photoshop for instance, will allow you to save PDFs with advance settings such as Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities.

But if your PDFs won’t be exclusively opened in Photoshop for editing, then there’s no need to prep the file for it. Thus, before you save a PDF with all the bells and whistles, get a good idea of how your PDF will be used and you can easily reduce the size accordingly.

PDFs are supposed to be high in quality, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be reflected in the file size. You can get a manageable PDF file with just a few adjustment s. And as an added bonus, you can accomplish most of these tweaks with Sonic PDF Creator. Just go to View>Options for Creation…. and you can access them through the dialog.