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9 Awesomely Creative Things to do with PDFs


Beyond the traditional functions, PDFs offer a wide array of capabilities that are less known to the average user. From the office to the classroom to your day-to-day tasks, PDFs can be used for practically everything. We gathered our team together and wrangled 10 of our favorite PDF tricks to make sure you’re getting the most out of them.

1. Convert a PDF to view on your Kindle

Kindle users – bet you didn’t know that Amazon will convert a PDF file to a format available for viewing on your Kindle. If your generation Kindle doesn’t automatically convert files to PDFs, all you have to do is send an email to your Kindle email address with the document attached and include the word “convert” in the subject line. It may not be as accurate as Nitro’s convert feature, but it’ll do in a pinch!

2. Turn your Whiteboard Notes into a PDF

If you don’t have the time or energy to copy down all of the whiteboard notes, take a photo of the whiteboard on your phone, then upload the image to your Nitro Cloud account (sign up for free here). Now that your image lives in Nitro Cloud, you can access it from any browser on any device-or, you can choose to download it as a PDF. So many people don’t realise that this is something that they can do. It’s not just notes on a whiteboard that you can turn into a PDF either, you can also scan books, or other documents and turn them into a PDF as well, using something like this overhead document scanner. It certainly makes people’s lives a lot easier when they don’t have to copy things down themselves and instead can just scan them.

3. Get creative with PDF Sewing Patterns

Purchase and download a PDF sewing pattern from your favorite arts and craft website to your computer. Print out the PDF and start following the pattern to create an artistic masterpiece. From clothing to bags to sofa covers – PDF sewing patterns will let you do it all.

4. Save PDF files directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive

We’re not chained to our desktops, why should our documents be? Users with Nitro Pro 10 or higher can save PDF files directly to their cloud storage accounts for anywhere, anytime access. With the document open in Nitro Pro, click File > Save As, and choose where you want the PDF to be saved.

5. Download your Pinterest pins to PDF

If you’re fearful that one day you will lose all of your beloved Pinterest pins, don’t fret! Make sure you go to one board at a time and press Ctrl+P to pull up the printing box. Adjust the printing option and select “Print to PDF” and then “All Pages”. Save and repeat for all of your boards!

6. Customize your PDF to look like notebook paper

If you want to take notes digitally, download custom PDF notebook templates on the Generated Paper website. This website offers free PDF templates for ruled paper, graph paper, music sheets, business cards, and more.

7. Create PDFs of Wikipedia articles

If you’ve ever wanted to access Wikipedia articles offline, now you can. Navigate to the “Print/export” section of Wikipedia’s left navigation menu, then click on “Download as PDF” in order to export the article as a PDF document. From there, you can access your favorite Wikipedia articles with or without an internet connection.

8. Convert your Instagram photos to a PDF

If you’re interested in making a scrapbook or photo album from your Instagram photos, go to an Instagram to PDF conversion website, sign into your account, and choose which images you want to convert into a high quality PDF file. Print out and organize your photos to preserve all of your memories.

9. Create an online Flipping Book from PDFs

Spice up your online reading and learning with FlipSnack. Log into FlipSnack and turn your PDF files into an interactive online flipbook to eliminate tedious scrolling. Whether you’re working on spicing up your marketing materials or organizing academic notes, FlipSnack is a great tool.

From the artist to the businessperson, we hope at least one of these tips will help you get ahead. Got one of your own PDF tips to share? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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