Lifehacker: How Do I Create a Searchable Archive of PDFs?. “In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker—keep your questions coming, folks!—we’re helping out a reader who has way too many important papers that need to make a magical transition to the digital realm. At least, that sounds a lot more exciting than ‘Optical Character Recognition,’ which doesn’t really roll off the tongue.”
How-To Geek: The Best Google Docs Add-Ons . “Google Docs add-ons work similarly to how a browser extension works. They are a third-party app that you install to Google Docs to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity (like proofreading tools) and some add more extensive capabilities (like allowing teachers to integrate grades into students papers). Here’s how to install them and some of our favorites.”
The Next Web: All I want for Christmas: Folders for Google Docs. “This is perhaps the saddest article I’ve written: I’m opening myself up to endless ridicule by admitting how deeply I care about something so incredibly mundane and objectively boring. But I don’t care. I’m a champion of the people, and I’m prepared to sacrifice myself for the greater good. Google, all I want for Christmas are folders for Google Docs.”
MakeUseOf: 3 Impressive Google Docs Scripts to Automate Your Documents. “There are many good reasons you should be using cloud-based Google Docs rather than application-based word processing apps like Microsoft Word. One of the most important is that you can create some very useful automations using powerful Google Scripts. Here are three scripts that let you build a document from user prompts, import Google Analytics into a Google Doc report, and create a document from a Google Sheet file.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Free PDF Editor Websites to Create, Fill, Annotate or Alter PDF Files. “PDF is the default file format for important documents. Whether it’s a form you need to fill or something you need others to read, these web apps will help you get everything done with a PDF, without ever installing any software. You probably interact with PDFs many times a week, or even every day. Since these files look the same on any device, we still rely on PDFs heavily.” The comments in this article note accurately that if you have a PDF with sensitive information on it, it’s poor security practice to just randomly upload it to a Web site you don’t have thorough knowledge of. But it’s been my experience that there are plenty of PDFs that are not sensitive and just need editing, which is why I’m posting this here.
The Verge: Microsoft Word is getting a to-do feature to help people manage documents. “Microsoft is starting to test a new to-do feature in Word today. The software maker found that a lot of people leave notes in their Word documents as placeholders to add more text, images, or charts. Microsoft is now making these notes a lot more powerful with a to-do feature that automatically tracks when you’ve left these little notes for yourself or others.”
Lifehacker: How to Use Google Drive’s New ‘View History’ Feature. “If you use Google Docs (or Sheets, or Slides) you may have noticed a recent pop-up letting you know that ‘Editors can now see you view history.’ Without any context, the message is a little confusing—even disconcerting if you’re the paranoid type—but there’s nothing to be worried about. Here’s what you need to know about the latest feature coming to Google Drive.”