While Adobe app may be the first thought when completing a task other alternative apps might complete the same task just as well. These alternative apps often are less complicated and quicker than their counterparts in the Adobe suite. The list below has some of OIT’s recommendations. Please take a look before committing to using the Adobe suite.
Create and Manage PDFs:
Use Word or Google Docs to manage an ‘original’ from which PDF files are created as needed and then save as pdf, “print” to pdf, or export pdf.
- Google Drive: You may convert any file into a PDF document by selecting Download, then PDF.
- Microsoft Word: You may export any Word file to PDF by selecting "Export As," then PDF.
Edit an existing PDF:
- Microsoft Word: You may open a PDF with Word, then choose to Edit document to make PDF content editable.
- Google Doc: Upload PDF to Drive, open with Doc
Note: If you’re working with a scanned article or book, then you’re working at a disadvantage. Both Word and Doc will do their best to recognize scanned words and convert them to editable text, but the conversion is rarely 100% and you may lose all of the original formatting. For best results, consult a librarian to seek out a source that already has editable text.
In Macs, the application Preview, which is native to Mac devices can merge PDFs.
For quick & simple editing
Windows only (Free): Video editor in the Photos app (Basic, but has basic functions)
macOS only, (download free from App Store if not already installed): iMovie
20 minute iMove tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtHd0FIHrB8
In-depth “Ken Burns” in iMovie how to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGsEqlJWNhA
iMovie 11 Essential Training on LinkedIn Learning: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/imovie-11-essential-training/welcome?u=67946010
For more advanced features/editing:
macOS, PC & Linux (free): DaVinci Resolve
Download here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
Newest version quick start tutorial, approx 30 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Ln33O4p4c
Linkedin Learning complete workshop series: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-davinci-resolve-16/getting-up-to-speed-with-davinci-resolve-16?u=67946010
macOS, PC & Linux (free): Audacity
Download here: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/
Complete online FAQ and topic based resource guide: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq.html
Topic based tutorials (text & screenshots): https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorials.html
LinkedIn Learning video tutorial series: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-audacity-2/jump-into-the-world-of-audio-editing?u=67946010