History of a PDF
In this digital age, we refer to PDFs so often that plenty of people know the acronym without even understanding what it really means. It’s actually an acronym for portable document format. We take them for granted but at one time, as with all things in the rapidly moving age of technology, they were a revolutionary advancement. If you can recall a time when you received documents from others via email, opened them to find a page of absolute gibberish, then went back and forth in frustration until someone ultimately faxed the document (remember those relics?). If that was you once upon a time, then you understand why PDF files changed digital communication for the better.
Why Are PDF’s So Important?
PDF technology allows us to display documents in a readable format regardless of the type of software that originally produced them. They are now the universal standard for sharing documents, and PDFs also allow us to share large documents in a compressed file size that is easy to exchange between multiple parties. Whether you are negotiating a real estate contract, filling out a waiver for your child’s summer camp, or sharing research with colleagues in the medical field, you are undoubtedly using PDFs on a weekly if not daily basis.
How Do I Use PDF’s With My Chromebook?
For Chromebook users, however, PDFs can sometimes present a challenge as there are Android apps. There have been some compatibility issues in terms of viewing and editing PDF documents on Chromebooks, but the good news is there are plenty of options available to improve the Chromebook-PDF experience. A number of easy-to-use tools available make it possible to view and edit PDFs on a Chromebook and all Chromebook users should ensure they have the right tools at their disposal. We will take a look at some of these tools to point you in the right direction and help you make the most of your Chromebook experience.
In order to view PDF documents on a Chromebook you may need to use browser-based PDF format software so let’s get started with some of your options.
PDFescape is accessible to Chromebook users through the web browser and this easy-to-use app allows users to open PDFs and also edit them. You can add text to the document, whiteout unwanted content, and also add images. PDFescape also allows users to digitally sign documents and auto-fill forms. An added plus of PDFEscape is that it takes up little memory!
The Kami Chrome extension (which was formerly known as Notable PDF) is a great option for Chromebook, enabling users to annotate PDFs as soon as you open them (rather than having to save them elsewhere first). Kami will sync your changes to Google Drive immediately as long as you are online while using the extension. The Kami tools (found in a vertical bar on the left-hand side of the screen) make it easy for Chromebook users to switch between the pen and the highlighter. A free version with ads allows you to add text, highlight text, and underline and strikethrough. The paid version has additional features, such as splitting/merging and OCR.
Squid is an Android app that can be used for PDF viewing and editing on Chromebook. Users can auto-fill forms, mark up PDFs, and insert signatures with Squid. The quick copy/select/paste functions and the ability to move content between pages and notes make Squid a fantastic tool for academic or corporate settings.
SEJDA PDF Editor
SEJDA PDF Editor is a no-frills web-based app, which is primarily geared toward fast PDF signatures and also has some limited editing capabilities. This is the perfect option for those who primarily need to sign a PDF format, perhaps in a corporate setting or even for a stay-at-home parent who constantly needs to sign school permission forms.
Considered the best alternative to Acrobat for Chromebook, PDF Studio boasts all of the features needed for PDF viewing and editing those accustomed to Acrobat would expect. You can insert digital signatures and fill and save forms, utilize advanced search options, and even open password-protected documents. Paid versions of PDF Studio also allow to/from conversions, more annotation tools, and interactive form designer, and more.
This app from the Google Play store allows Chromebook users to view, search, and annotate PDFs. A simple double-tap of the screen will allow you to zoom in directly to the text you want to view, and you can use your finger or your stylus to mark up the text. Plus, it is easy to quickly undo changes to make the editing process efficient. A paid Pro version of PDF viewer offers even more features and functionality for Chromebook users.
Xodo PDF Viewer and Editor
Xodo allows Chromebook users to view and edit PDFs with Google Drive support. You can write directly on the PDF, highlight text, and markup, merge and edit documents. It is compatible with Adobe Acrobat and allows Chromebook users to annotate PDFs with others in real-time.
As the name implies, this is the best tool for Chromebook users if you simply need to split PDF files. It allows you to choose a range of pages and extract them and save as separate files and this can be downloaded in the Chrome Store.
Soda PDF Online
This browser-based PDF software allows Chromebook users to edit PDFs while online. You can create a free account that will enable you to open and view any PDF file online and users are also able to access files saved in cloud storage folders. An added bonus of Soda PDF online is its security features: users can add passwords to documents and restrict printing as well.