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iPad user meeting Sept. 19 on PDF annotation apps

By Mary Hammel

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Join us as we take a look at three PDF annotation apps on the iPad, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in 16A Bluemont Hall. The meeting is open to all K-Staters. 

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AccessTech: Text-To-Speech bringing text to the ears


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As I mentioned last month, one of the most basic needs for accessibility is readable text. For many students with disabilities, accessible text allows the computer to read documents out loud.  This is extremely helpful for students with learning disabilities, visual impairments, and also for students who speak English as a second language.

All students benefit from being able to search for terms, highlight text, and annotate readings; searchable PDF files make this possible.  Audible text can be a lifesaver for many people.

Many of us have scanned articles to PDF files. Did you know that there are two kinds of scans?

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Create your own PDF files

Have you ever wanted to make your own PDF files? The process has become increasingly simple over the last few years and now there are several free options out there for both PCs and Macs. Think of these solutions as PDF printers but instead of producing a sheet of paper with your document, a file will be saved instead.

While these solutions will create PDF files, they will not create fillable PDF forms. To produce a fillable PDF form, you will need to purchase a solution like Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro (see Adobe’s Product comparison webpage).

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Visio 2007: Save Visio files as PDF or XPS

Microsoft Visio drawings (.vsd) can output in a variety of formats: .JPG, XML templates, webpages, AutoCAD drawings, and others. Now, with a simple Microsoft add-in, Visio images can be saved as PDF or XPS files, too. These file types make Visio drawings viewable by those who don’t use Microsoft Office.

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a fixed-layout electronic file format. XPS (XML Paper Specification) also preserves the file formatting and enables file sharing.

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