What Kind of PDF Converter Buyer Are You?

When shopping on-line, anxiety is a necessary side effect. Not being able to fully inspect that second hand Louis Vuitton purse you see on e-bay; or worse yet, purchasing a software product from a fly by night company unknowingly—scenarios you’re all too familiar with?

For some, software shopping on-line becomes a way of life—convenience in the comfort of one’s own home (the Golden Rule of the Internet). They love clicking and downloading, but hate the fine print “Buyer Beware!” tag in a font size of 3. In other words– “What You Buy Is What You Get” (WYBIWYG).

Yet, at Investintech, what you buy is what you get—so if you buy a quick PDF conversion software product, you get a quick PDF conversion software product.

We get different kinds of PDF converter shoppers that have common queries when making that perfect purchase with us. So, here are a few that may also help you to make that ideal buy:

*The Anxious Buyer:“How come the Professional version is only available as a 30-day license?”

This type of buyer loves details. With Investintech products, there are options that users can use to their advantage, like the free trial downloads of our desktop applications. A 30 day license is just another option ideal for those who need to complete brief projects and need the full advantage of our software capabilities. But don’t worry, the Professional versions of our products are also available with a full use, single-user license.

*The Panicking Buyer: “My upgrade PIN isn’t working?”

This type of buyer likes to get at the heart of a matter. So do we. One thing to make sure of, is that you’ve got the right components– the Standard version of the product you’re upgrading to Professional and the PIN for the Standard product being upgraded. With questions like these, the Upgrades page and contact info on our site is there for you to get in touch with the right answer to the tech issues you need help with.

*The Curious Buyer: “What’s the difference between Able2Extract and a different PDF Converter?”

This type of buyer likes to research. We’ve got the resources to help you for just these kinds of questions. We’ve got product comparison charts, articles to help you understand different product features and in addition, there are also individual pages for each of our desktop products so you can research at your own ease.

So, welcome to Investintech: what kind of PDF converter buyer are you?

Some Quick Thoughts on PDF Security

You’ve been hit over the head with it: one of the key features of the PDF is that it comes with securing features. You can add passwords to PDF,  restrict utilization, and even certify an encrypted PDF.

Yet, as great as those features may sound, security options can only do so much outside of the digital state.

We were recently asked a question by a prospective customer:

“How do you prevent a user from distributing a created PDF? I only want the downloader to view this [confidential] document. I do not want him to be able to send a “Copy” to the entire staff.”

One of our staff members, George, had this to say in response which brings to light an important point:

“The problem is the fundamental one – the PDF document is just an ordinary file, just like any other on computer…it can be copied, sent via FTP or email, deleted etc. – just as any other file. Therefore, there is no way to limit distribution of the FILE that is the document itself…It really isn’t possible to prevent a person who reads the content of a PDF file from copying it by hand, or taking screenshots of it, talking about it etc…”

Of course, this makes you wonder about your own files–have they been compromised?  The problem is that PDF security places a little too much emphasis on the document falling into the wrong hands, not the hands of the intended recipient. Is there a possibility that they could be both one and the same?

Sad to say, PDF capabilities just  don’t eliminate the human factor on the other end once the file is accessed.  The only thing you can do to prevent this is to make sure that the file has the highest security settings in place. And–  of course, ensure you’re sending the file to a trusted recipient (no sarcasm intended).

One tip: When deciding on the security for your PDF document, think of the characteristics of certain security measures. For instance, passwords can be compromised,  printed PDF documents can be photocopied, etc. Think outside the security box.

This is not to say that the PDF isn’t good enough at securing documents. It is. Only, it just stops short of ensuring honesty in the work environment. There are good security measures available, just don’t take them for granted.