We recently discussed why PDF files are used for legal documents. As a refresher, since PDFs are “read only” documents, they can’t be modified without leaving an electronic footprint—so this file format meets the requirements for legal documents in court. In a word, PDFs are very secure.
But what if you’re using PDFs for other purposes and need to be able to edit the content that’s on a PDF? Are you stuck rekeying the entire document into an editable file before you can use it?
Fortunately, the answer to the latter question is no. It is possible to convert PDF files that contain locked content into editable documents—even on a mobile device—if you use the right tool.
WPS Office for Android offers a PDF conversion tool that can be invaluable if you need to be able to convert your PDF files quickly and easily. With this tool, you can change PDFs into other types of files for easy editing in any of the three applications within WPS Office: Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets.
Once you’ve used the PDF converter, you’re free to modify the files in whichever app you need. If you’re working in Writer, you can turn the PDF into a modifiable Word file. Likewise, if you want to convert a PDF into a PowerPoint file, you can do so directly into Presentation. You can even turn a PDF file into an Excel file in Spreadsheets using the PDF converter.
There are several huge advantages to being able to convert files from PDFs for use in any of these familiar programs. Here are a few benefits:
- Avoid extra work. You can spend more time working toward your primary business goals rather than on retyping and reinventing the wheel. Instead of having to begin a project again from scratch in order to be able to edit the content when it’s in a locked PDF file, you can simply summon your PDF conversion tool to give you editing power in a few clicks.
- Keep formatting in tact. Without a PDF conversion tool like the one in WPS Office, even after you rekey the PDF content, your work isn’t done. You’ll have lost all of the original formatting and design that the PDF had contained, so you’ll need to redesign your file as well before you can begin editing it. With PDF conversion, this won’t happen since all of the fonts, bullets, tables, and other layout formatting will be converted directly over to your device. You can even convert scanned PDF documents to Word or other editable files without losing the original formatting, which means you won’t need to waste time on reflow and text adjustment.
- On-the-go convenience. If you rely on your mobile device as part of your workday, you’ll be happy to know that you can use your mobile for PDF conversion. There’s no need to head back to your desktop or even your laptop or tablet to begin converting PDFs to editable files (though you can use those devices too if you prefer). Whether you’re at your desk or out of the office with only your smartphone, you can easily use the PDF converter to create Word documents, PowerPoint files, or Excel spreadsheets in WPS Office. In other words, you can be anywhere and still convert your files so that you have files you can work on right away.
- Selective conversion. Sometimes you may not need all of the content in the entire PDF as your starting point on a new project. No worries—you can choose to export only the text that you need in the file without converting the whole thing. It’s as simple as selecting, copying, and pasting your desired material into your new document.
It’s easy to see from a productivity standpoint just how much time and effort a PDF conversion tool can save you—and just how convenient it is too. What’s more, if you work frequently with PDFs, you’ll enjoy some additional features that the WPS PDF Reader for Android offers, including multiple viewing modes, fast high-fidelity rendering, and the ability to use electronic signatures on PDF documents that you can then send via email.