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How to use PDFs in the practice of law - Tips & Techniques

Planet PDF

The Brave New World of E-Filing
by Jim Calloway, Director, OBA Management Assistance Program
Be sure to see the list of alternative PDF software programs.

Putting PDF and Adobe Acrobat into Your Tech Toolbox
by Dennis Kennedy
ABA Law Practice Today, May 2004
The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat
author: David L. Masters
publisher: ABA Law Practice Management Section
Purchase online or borrow from Bar lending library.

PDF Software
Adobe Acrobat version 8.0
Not to be confused with the free Acrobat Reader. This is the real thing, and it costs real money.

Change-Pro PDF Maker
by Litera

WordPerfect® x3
WordPerfect® 12 includes a PDF writer and is compatible with Microsoft® Office products.

PDF Converter 3
Convert PDF files to MS Word documents.

activePDF
activePDF DocConverter enables you to convert over 280 different file types directly to PDF, without requiring manual intervention.

Create Adobe® PDF Online
Web-hosted subscription service that lets you convert a variety of documents into Adobe PDF files that anyone can view using the free Adobe® Reader®. Supported formats include Microsoft® Office files, graphics formats, Web pages, and other file types. Use Paper Capture to create searchable PDF files from scanned paper documents.

DeskPDF
Free download, first five conversions are free, then registration required. $14.95

Jaws PDF Creator
Free trial download, $79 to buy.

Pdf995
Free versions display a sponsor page in your web browser each time you run the software. If you would prefer not to see sponsor pages, you can upgrade by obtaining individual keys for each product at any time for $9.95 each.

PDF-Pro
45-day trial version available.

Scan to PDF


Fujitsu ScanSnap

Features one button scanning to PDF. Comes with Adobe Acrobat Standard version.

OmniPage

ScantoPDF

Add Bates Numbers to PDF Documents
ARTS PDF Stamper
"ARTS PDF Stamper is an Adobe Acrobat® plug-in that enables you to add sets of stamps to large PDF document collections. Insert text, dynamic text, bates numbering, watermarks, headers and footers to your PDFs with advanced control." $149

Bates Platinum
"Bates number PDF files without Adobe Acrobat. Convert MS Word documents to PDF and Bates Stamp without Adobe Acrobat. Bates Number Tiff files. Bates Number one file or multiple files in all formats. Scan documents with any twain compliant scanner, Bates Number and save as a PDF or Tiff file." $499 for 1-5 users.

IntelliPDF, Inc.
IntelliPDF BATES Stamp is a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that stamps PDF documents with electronic Bates Stamps. $169

StampPDF
"Plug in for Adobe Acrobat that offers most of the functionality of StampPDF Batch. It does not include some of the sophisticated image handling functions but still offers a rock solid stamping engine." $179 per user.

*All links are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended as an endorsement of the companies, their goods or services by the SC Bar.