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I tend to scribble a lot -Nic McPhee

Spelling Errors in Academic Texts

Minding Your Ps and Qs in Academic Papers

In my work, I frequently produce documents such as scientific papers in PDF format from text setting systems such as Latex or Docbook.

The problem: With each of these documents, I need to run a spell checking before the document can be released. With the typesetting systems I use, the source from that the PDF is created is a mixture of the actual text content that I’d like to spell-check, and directives or XML elements that control the type setting systems. Running a spell checker on the source would thus give me tons of false positives in the non-text parts of the source.
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Dropbox

Dropbox iOS app update allows users to save PDF version of a website directly from Safari

Dropbox is hugely popular with users around the world and the latest update to the official iOS app has been met with wide approval since its release on 2nd November. Focused largely on improving the user interface, one of the biggest additions to Version 4.1 is the ability to now save versions of websites from Safari as PDF files directly into the Dropbox app.

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Google Drive

PDF Functionality within Google Drive

 

Google Drive (previously known as Google Docs) has been through a number of changes and iterations since it went live in 2012, both to design and functionality, including the launch of two Professional Editions, Drive for Work and Drive for Education, in 2014. Comprising of 3 free web-based programs; Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides, these make up Google’s office-suite offering and allow for real-time collaboration and editing with other users that have access to the documents in question. Both desktop and app versions are available, but the app does not allow for download of documents in the same way as desktop; on the app, users can choose to Open files in different programs installed on their devices, and then Save from within those apps. Adobe is one such app, or PDF Reader for Android.

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Web search offers solution to old papers

I found Infix software in a “change embedded font in PDF” search.

My non-profit organization has old paper documents that it wants to archive, and we want to make searchable versions available to our members.

These paper documents were created with fonts that are not accurately recognized by OCR software, so simple “scan to PDF” functions or image file format conversions do not work by themselves. OCR suspects aren’t necessarily recognized in Acrobat.

This is where Infix comes in. The EDIT/FIND & REPLACE/REPLACE FONT functionality can replace all fonts with a commonly recognized one such as Times New Roman. After fixing a few OCR errors to hidden text with Infix OCR CORRECTIONS, search functions work as needed. Documents appear as originally created.

Making PDF’s searchable is only one of the useful editing functions in Infix. More generally, the value is being able to edit the content of a PDF without having the source file available.

– Dave Wrisley


Global Communications

Globalisation Made Easy (er)

Being part of a global company has its pros and cons – as an employee, the bigger the company, in theory the safer your job is, with more resource and supplies to get things done and more revenue streams to drive bigger growth opportunities around the world! Global companies also have a larger talent pool for recruitment and a broader business base in which to spread potential risks, so market development is easier and successes can be found across different countries, even if other realms are showing slumps and signs of economic downturn.

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How to Save Microsoft Office Documents as PDF Files

Microsoft initially introduced the option to save files from their various Office applications as PDF documents as early as 2007, (alongside a whole range of existing file type options such as jpg, xls, csv and xps across different programs). Even though these options exist, however, doesn’t mean that all users are aware of them – so we’ve put together this simple guide to saving your office document as a PDF.

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