Converting Doc Files into PDF

“Please convert the final output into a PDF file before you submit it to me.”

This was my client’s instructions. I wondered why she wanted me to convert her documents to the PDF file format. So I googled it and here is what I found out.

PDF Files are:

1. Easy to open

PDF files are compatible with basically any system. If you  use Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android  you will be able to access and open PDF files.

2. It’s free

PDF files can be opened, viewed and printed out with any PDF file reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader,  which is a free software that can be downloaded and installed from the internet. Hence, you can share your documents with anyone.

3.  Secure

Documents in PDF file formats cannot be altered or edited because it is a “read only” document. Also, PDF files have a slim chance of getting infected with a virus or Trojan.

4. Compact

When a document is converted  into a PDF file, the document is compressed to an estimate of 25% of its original size, without losing quality.  Smaller and compressed files allow the document to open quickly and occupies lesser space.

5. Meets legal document requirements

For an imaged electronic document to be admissible in a court of law, it must be kept in a file format that cannot be altered without leaving an electronic footprint. Since PDF file format has this characteristic (read only document), hence PDF file documents will stand in the court of law.

6. Easy to create

The internet is flooded with software applications that offer free conversion of any file into a PDF file format.

These are just some of the reasons why it is advantageous to convert your files into PDF format.

Convinced?  Let me walk you through it…

Watching Videos on your Computer

photo:Daniele Melato/Flickr

Okay, let’s face it. More often than not we use our computers, laptops, and tablets for much more than the regular stuff. What I mean to say is that nowadays our gadgets are also an alternative media player, right?

Well, one of the best multimedia players available in the market is the VLC Media Player.

It is simple and user friendly. It runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Unix. It plays everything on files, discs, devices, webcams and streams.  And you know what makes it really great is that it’s available for FREE!

If you read my earlier post (A VA’s Journey), I said that this new journey I’m carrying on began when a friend sponsored me to attend a Seminar on Virtual Assistant. Since I live far — 215 kilometers (134 miles)  — from the seminar site, I chose to download and watch the seminar on my laptop using the VLC Media Player.

What more can I say? I hope you will also enjoy  watching and listening to your favorite video and audio through the VLC Media Player.

Here is a short tutorial on How to use the VLC Media Player.