Category Archives: Productivity


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Converting a 500-page PDF user manual with TransPDF

Translation expert Gábor Ugray has posted a fascinating series of articles on his blog documenting his efforts to translate an apparently simple iOS app.

We particularly like part 4, in which he uses TransPDF to mine information from existing PDFs to improve the translation process – a use for TransPDF we’d not even considered before.

Along the way, he’s very complimentary about TransPDF –

The really cool thing about TransPDF is that it’s able recreate a fully formatted PDF from the translated XLIFF that you upload… And when I say this is a cool thing, I really mean cool, as in way out there, extraterrestrially cool.

Check out his article which includes links to the entire series.


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Worried about security when translating PDFs?

We know some of our users love the idea of our new PDF translation service – TransPDF, but can’t take the risk of uploading confidential PDFs to a public server.

Others have such high volumes of PDFs to translate, they would need an entire server all to themselves!

We think we now have the answer.
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Find and Replace Colours In PDF

Whatever software they use to create, graphic designers more often than not save their finished products as PDFs.

File compression, image preservation and, of course, straightforward mobility make PDF an ideal format for sharing and distributing posters, display adverts, newsletters, booklets, brochures and so on.

But say the PDF file arrives with a client and the colour shade on the company logo is not quite right. Or a printer spots a discrepancy in colour over a couple of pages. Do you have to take the time to send it back to the designer?

Or what about the general office user who wants to use existing PDF files as a template for a company newsletter, but would like to change the colour scheme around a little?

Just a few clicks

Infix PDF Editor 7 makes it really easy to change colours anywhere in a PDF document. Background fill, shapes, text, graphics – all can be altered with a few clicks of the mouse.

Simply use the Object Tool to select an area, click on the Colour Picker, and you are away.

Infix 7 lets you choose entirely new colour schemes from the inbuilt palette, or you can use the Swatches tool to pick colours from within a document. This is great for matching up shades accurately.

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Swatches shows all colours used in the PDF

Most conveniently at all, you can change colour schemes throughout a document with a single click. When you select an object and open the colour options, you can use Change All to find other places where the same colour is used, and change these too.

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Replace colours throughout a PDF

You can even decide whether you want to change fill or stroke (line) colours only, or graphics or text, or all of them.

This provides a fantastic flexibility for tweaking colour schemes straight in a PDF document, without having to go back to source on expensive graphic design software.

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Translate scanned PDFs with TransPDF

We all know TransPDF makes the job of translating PDFs faster and easier than it’s ever been. If only it could handle our scanned PDFs, it’d be so much better…

Well now it can!

We’ve added automatic conversion (OCR) of scanned PDFs to make them fully editable and translatable. Simply upload your PDF to TransPDF and you’ll get beautifully clean XLIFF in return.

There’s no additional charge for the service but we do deduct your final-PDF fee at the start of the process rather than at the end like normal, even for users with a valid Infix license.

Try it now, it’s fab!

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New Save PDF to SVG feature introduced to Spire.Office

Spire.Office has been updated to include a new feature to save Word, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint files to SVG format. Spire.Office, part of E-iceblue’s portfolio of .NET, Silverlight and WPF development components, is available for all 3 frameworks and includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation components.

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Save Gmail Emails as PDFs with CloudHQ Chrome Extension

Free to use, the CloudHQ ‘Save emails to PDF’ extension is one of our new favourites as it makes saving Gmail emails as PDF documents really easy! All it takes is 1 click and boom – your email has been saved as a PDF to your preferred location, ready to open and edit as you see fit!

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New Dropbox update allows for in-app PDF signing on iOS devices

If you’ve found it frustrating that you can’t sign a PDF “in-app” whilst using Dropbox, you’re sure to be pleased with the new update released for iOS users. Aimed at boosting mobile productivity for those who need to work on the move, the new update allows PDF users to sign where needed digitally and then re-save (either as a copy or to the original). Users can also edit other fields, adding text to appropriate fields and save to the file.

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File Sharing & Collaboration with GroupMe

If you’re a user of Microsoft’s chat app GroupMe, you’ll no doubt be pleased with the new update to allow file sharing of up to 50MB (per file). With the ability to share from a multitude of local or cloud storage locations including OneDrive, GoogleDrive, DropBox and Amazon Drive, this brings GroupMe higher into the league to compete with established networking apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

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How To Use iOS 3D Touch Function to Print to PDF

If you’re using an iPhone model 6s onwards, then you’ll be able to use the 3D Touch functionality to do all sorts of commands, depending on the app you’re using. Introduced in June 2016, 3D Touch allows users to select from different options depending on how hard they press down on the phone screen; for example, a slight touch on an email in the Mail app will open a preview, whereas a slightly harder push will open the message completely. This feature is used across a wide range of apps for different purposes, one of the most common being the “Print” function.

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Keep a Natural Work Environment for Increased Productivity

A cluttered desk often means a cluttered workload, but does that mean if your desk is bare then your day will be more productive? A recent study by scientists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University’s School of Psychology has shown that productivity in the office can actually be improved by 15% if plants are introduced to the environment, rather than enforcing a minimalist environment.

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