Getting hired at a new job is very exciting but it comes with one very annoying formality - filling out all the new employee paperwork. You need to sign your offer letter, fill out your tax forms, initial the company policies handbook, and complete several other miscellaneous forms.
If this paperwork was emailed to you, then you have to print it out, write in all your information and either fax it back to your employer or scan it and email it back.
Many people have printers in their home offices, but if the machine doesn't have a built-in fax machine or scanner, then you'll need to take a drive to your nearest Staples or FedEx to upload and send the documents. Whoa... that's a lot of steps!
PDFescape allows you to "escape" that hassle. Excuse the pun, but it's true! This website has so many free features that make working with PDF documents a breeze. Unlike Adobe Reader, you won't need to download anything to your computer in order for it to work.
The online version allows you to perform common functions such as zooming in to read more easily, highlighting text to copy/paste it elsewhere, searching the document for a specific word, and printing the pages. You can also make several revisions and additions to a document. You can leave comments, cross out or underline text, and add pictures. Normally free services include a watermark for advertising purposes but this website doesn't.
The desktop version, which has premium ($2.99/month) and ultimate ($5.99/month) price points, has even more features. The editor allows you to add your scanned signature to a document and encrypt the document with a password. There's a function that allows you to fill out forms with drop down menus and another function that allows you to redesign the form. You can work with larger documents, up to 1,000 pages in length. This could be perfect for reviewing contracts, lawsuits, books, and other lengthy files.
Click here to view a comparison of the features from all three versions and to read more about this PDF service. After all those edits, if you still want to turn PDFs into Microsoft Word documents, click here for instructions.