Portable Document Format (PDF) files are ubiquitous, and we’re often called upon to fill them in, or have the strong desire (or a job requirement) to mark them up and pass them on to other people. Apple’s Preview has decent core PDF support, but it’s often frustrating to use and its annotation and editing tools are weak and basic. Adobe, the creator of PDF, will sell you or rent you its Acrobat software, which is expensive and powerful—and remains baffling across each of the multiple major revisions it’s made to the user interface over a decade.
This is why I’ve turned to Smile’s PDFpen and PDFpen Pro for many years. Version 8 is now out, and it builds on existing strengths, offering high-end features without a sky-high price: It’s $75 for the regular edition and $125 for Pro. (Multi-license pricing is available.) PDFpen Pro includes all of the basic PDFpen’s features and adds a wide variety with more niche appeal, such as Excel file export and autogenerated form fields.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo -- a former venture capitalist who invested state funds with hedge funds during her tenure as state treasurer -- invited Goldman Sachs to set up a partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island, then kicked out the college's daycare center to make room for Goldman staffers to work. (more…)
In 1996, New Jersey's courts heard 500 debt-collection cases; in 2008, they heard 140,000 cases, almost all against black people, almost all of whom were not represented by lawyers. The cases were filed by vulture capitalists who bought the debt for pennies on the dollar and employed "attorneys" who filed up to 1,000 cases a day, "reviewing" each one for about four seconds. (more…)
We hear it all the time from online security professionals: Passwords should be changed on on a regular basis. The thing is, changing passwords is a pain.
If you already use either service, then you’re set. If not, I highly recommend using a password manager of some sort. While there are many choices, Dashlane and LastPass are unique in changing passwords automatically.
My partner sent me a message last week asking how she could share a Reminders list with a few people. She was in a different part of the country, planning an event, and she needed several people involved in the event to see the task list she had drafted. She uses an iPhone and an iPad, and assumed that Reminders would be the best tool to create a task list. She could then mark each task as completed as she progressed with the preparation of the event, and see what was left to do. And she could share the list again, as time went on, so others could see which tasks remained. Since most of the people who needed to see this list don’t use iOS devices, she couldn’t find a way to share it.