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3 Great Free PDF Tools for Small Business

Updated on March 10, 2015

In my business we send and receive dozens (if not hundreds) of PDF files every day. PDF files are great, but they can be difficult at times to create or edit. Even something as simple as signing a form can be a task when you have to print out the file just so you can sign it and scan it back in.

Thankfully, there are now many free websites or programs available to make working with PDF files easier and simpler.

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CutePDF

We have been using this program for years, and it has rarely let us down. CutePDF installs on your computer just like a printer allowing you to create PDF files from any program that prints. In the past most programs didn't have PDF functionality built into them. Thankfully many now do, but not all. In our office, and I'm sure in many small businesses, we still use some software that can be older, meant for a specialty niche, or maybe even developed in-house.

We have had good luck using CutePDF for large format documents which may not be handled well by the built in PDF functionality that is in many common office programs. I wouldn't mind if it was capable of even more, but I don't want to complain about free software that has been serving us consistently well for many years.

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PDF Merge

PDFMerge is a very simple web-based program, but I can't tell you how many times it has been exactly what we needed. Here is a common business task: sending out some documents and including a transmittal. Almost every day I have someone send me and email which includes the documents and the transmittal as separate PDF files. Why can't they just go to PDFMerge and combine them into one file? Even worse is when someone sends a 20 page document as 20 separate PDF files. That's a quick way to annoy your customers.

PDFMerge requires nothing other than uploading the separate PDF files and downloading the combined file. There are limits on file sizes and the number of files. If that is a problem you are having frequently, it is probably worth your while to buy the full version of their software.

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DocHub

I have only recently started using DocHub, but I am already impressed. DocHub allows for online editing of PDF files including drawing, text, filling in forms, and electronic signatures. I found it through its integration with gmail and google drive. After using it I was pleasantly surprised by its built in link to dropbox.

The more I get into using DocHub, the more helpful items I find. For my business, inserting images is particularly helpful.

What Tools Do You Use?

Hopefully you will find these tools helpful. If you have found any other tools that have been helpful for your business please write about them in the comments.

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