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Scanning PDFs is one of the most annoying things many of us have to deal with in our personal and professional lives. Be it mortgage documents, a car loan, or other sensitive paperwork you need to preserve and share in a secure digital format, Adobe's ubiquitous PDF is a reality of dealing in docs in the modern world. Fortunately, you don't need a hardware scanner or big, bulky multifunction printer to digitize your paper documents: all you need is a smartphone, an app, and a couple of minutes. In this post, we'll break down what you need to do to get your docs and photos converted to PDF using an Android phone.
It's been over a year since the pandemic brought students and employees across the globe home to work online. The demand for flatbed scanners and printers have soared, and thanks to Chrome OS 89, its new scanner app makes digitizing your paper documents in a snap. It seems Google is looking for ways to make its scanning app more powerful, as it's adding two new features that should sway you away from your messy filing cabinet.
Google Docs might be the collaboration tool of choice these days, but PDF is still a wildly popular format for sharing documents. Now Google is making the conversion process between PDF and DOC better than ever thanks to a slew of new improvements, including better formatting and image importing.
Chrome 86 was a fairly massive update, with support for the Native File System API, various interface improvements, and new experiments to try out. Almost exactly one month later, Chrome 87 is starting to roll out to desktop and mobile platforms. There are more than a few exciting changes in store, so let's dive in!
Chrome 86 was a fairly massive update, with support for the Native File System API, various interface improvements, and new experiments to try out. Just a week later, Chrome 87 has now entered the Beta Channel. There's a new PDF viewer, performance improvements for sites using cookies, and much more.
Files by Google made its debut a couple of years back, and Google has slowly been adding features to it. The latest additions in v1.0.33 include a PDF viewer and the ability to adjust playback speed for videos.
The ability to fill in certain PDFs (example) on Chrome OS or in the desktop version of the browser is certainly handy, but it's surprisingly hard to save edited files with the built-in PDF viewer. Once you're done entering information into a form or annotating something, you'd think the download button would output a version with your changes intact, but you'd be wrong. Thankfully, Google is going to correct this.
Dark mode has finally started to take root recently, with popular apps WhatsApp and OneDrive joining the roster this month. Now Adobe is jumping on the bandwagon too, adding dark mode support to Acrobat Reader. With over half a billion downloads, this should please a lot of users who don't like having their corneas burnt to a crisp during the night.
If you've ever had to view PDF documents, there's a good chance you're already very familiar with Adobe's Acrobat Reader. After starting off on Windows and Mac platforms back in the 1990s, Acrobat Reader arrived on Android devices in 2010. Even after the arrival of plenty of competing options, Acrobat Reader has managed to remain popular and has now hit a milestone of over 500 million installs on the Play Store.