PDF pen for Mac

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 12.23.50 PM PDF-Pen is available in the App Store.

It seems to be a must have tool for Academics because:

  • It does Optical Character Recognition, therefore pictures of text can be converted into words you can use and proofread for accuracy.
  • PDF’s can be converted into Word format (.dc and .dox) for easy editing and sharing.
  • The text in the PDF can be selected and edited, therefore editing a PDF on your Mac is easier than ever before.
  • Documents can be signed by dragging and dropping an image of a signature into a document, or by using the mouse or trackpad to scribble your signature. Therefore, documents can be signed, sealed, and delivered with no fax machine needed.
  • Documents can be hared in iCloud Drive or Dropbox for seamless editing with the PDF pen for iPad and iPhone.
  • For iCloud, the App Store version is needed.

 

Use the PDF pen to:

  • sign forms
  • insert page numbers
  • highlight and underscore text
  • add text, images and signatures to PDF
  • move, resize, copy and delete images in the original PDF
  • copy and paste rich text, including columns
  • use on scanned documents and pages
  • scan directly from Image capture scanners
  • adjust resolution, colour depth, contrasts, skew, and sixe of an image
  • sensitive for popup-menus
  • edit quickly
  • print notes and comments with or without original text
  • print list of annotations along with the document
  • add (and print) notes and comments
  • fill out and sign interactive PDFs
  • apply business related stamps
  • reorder and delete pages
  • combine PDFs
  • automate manipulations
  • save PDFs to Evernote

Redact personal information by:

  • redact or erase text
  • password protect documents

For now, I have downloaded the FREE TRIAL version from the developer’s website. There is no time frame, they just add a logo to the saved documents. Will add to wish list if I love this app.

Mendeley 12: How to use different colours for annotations

On the 31st of March 2016 Mendeley improved its annotation affordance, by adding a rainbow of colours that can be used to annotate documents and papers. In fact, users can use 8 colours for annotation purposes.

To use different colours, follow these steps:

  • Click on the icon to open the document in Mendeley

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  • Click on the coloured dot in the top menu to open the box

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  • The colour of the dot changes to the preferred colour
  • Click on the highlight icon (top menu)

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  • Mark the text you want to highlight and it is highlighted

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  • to add a comment, click on the comment icon (top menu)

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  • the comments will be in the same colour than the highlighted text

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  • Different colours can be used in the same document

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So, how will you use this affordance of Mendeley? I can suggest two ideas:

  • Use it for your own research to quickly identify various ideas you have identified – eg, methods in green, concepts in blue, etc.
  • Allocate a colour to a team member to easily find the text highlighted by a certain team member when you use the group function.

Please like if you found these instructions helpful or comment to suggest improvements.  Have fun!

Mendeley 11 – How to get access to a group in Mendeley online

When a group was created for collaborative purposes, the following steps can be followed to participate in the group:

Instructions for online access to a group

  • Click on Groups (top menu)

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  • Click on the name of the group

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  • The overview of the group will open (see top menu)

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  • Please note: It differs from the window that opens in the desktop application:
    • menu is on left hand side of screen
    • and refer to papers not documents

The papers/documents view screen also differ from the desktop application

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  • Click on members to view the members of the group

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  • To invite members, add email addresses in the box provided

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  • To manage invitations, click on the blue button (right)

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  • If links are blue, the invitee is a Mendeley user
  • If links are black, the invitee is not yet a member of Mendeley
  • This group is owned by me, but the settings can be edited so that somebody else can own it

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  • To edit a group, click on the Edit settings button (see image above)

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Have fun – I believe this feature can improve collaboration between researchers and faculty members.

Please like if found usable or leave a comment to suggest improvements.

Mendeley 10 – How to get access to a group in Mendeley desktop

When a group was created for collaborative purposes, the following steps can be followed to participate in the group:

Instructions for Desktop access to a group

  • Click on Groups (left menu)
  • Click on the name of the group

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  • The overview of the group will open (see top menu)

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  • Click on documents to see the shared documents

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  • Click on members to view the members of the group

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  • To invite members, add email addresses in the box provided

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  • To manage invitations, click on the blue button (right)

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  • If links are blue, the invitee is a Mendeley user
  • If links are black, the invitee is not yet a member of Mendeley
  • This group is owned by me, but the settings can be edited so that somebody else can own it

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  • To edit a group, click on the Edit settings button (see image above)

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Have fun – I believe this feature can improve collaboration between researchers and faculty members.

Please like if found usable or leave a comment to suggest improvements.