Online, you’ll find thousands of lists of the best tools for remote workers. These lists, often geared at marketing, support, design, and software development professionals working in the tech industry, will inevitably include the same, or similar, recommendations of remote working tools. They’ll cite team communications platforms like Slack, video conference apps like Zoom, and project management tools such as Trello, Airtable, and Asana.
Our fully-remote team loves these tools and uses many of them for working from home every day. We know, however, that the most effective technology stacks are customized.
Not everyone works for a tech company. In fact, many of our customers are in traditional work environments. They’re lawyers, accountants, doctors, professors. Several work for organizations with no pre-existing infrastructure for remote work. While they might find the idea of Slack interesting, the team collaboration platform probably can’t help them right now. They probably have enough on their plates trying to get essential work done without attempting to revolutionize their entire company culture.
On that note, we humbly suggest this addition to lists of “best remote working tools”: PDFpen. PDFpen can help with a number of PDF-related challenges of being remote. We list some of these below.
Working remotely with PDFpen
1. Collaborating on a document
Working on an article with a colleague? Revising a book or an essay? Consider PDFpen as an alternative tool for editing, proofreading, and reviewing. PDFpen’s Library has a built-in collection of standard proofreading marks you can easily add to documents. You can also use PDFpen to share feedback through both written and audio notes, highlight sections of text, and edit directly.
2. Delivering a document
You have a physical document you intended to mail or deliver by hand. A contract, the results of an exam, a certificate, a sketch, a storyboard. If getting the physical document out to your client is tricky, don’t fret. You can turn it into a PDF file and share it online instantly with them.
Note that, with PDFpen, you can turn any file into a PDF document. You can also generate PDFs from scans and graphic files. Magazine articles, printed reports, handwritten notes, drawings—all of these can become PDFs.
If you have privacy concerns, know that it’s possible to set a password on your document. This allows you to control who can access it and also what they can do with it. There are also ways to remove sensitive information and add watermarks for added security.
3. Editing and signing a contract
Selling a home, hiring a new employee, taking on a new client. These things can’t wait for when in-person meetings are possible again. With PDFpen, you can easily edit contracts as needed and both add and request signatures online. There’s no need for ink, nor for the tedious routine of printing, signing, then scanning your signature. All it takes is saving your signature to the PDFpen Library. Do this, and you’ll be ready to sign documents from your computer, iPhone, or iPad in seconds.
4. Receiving form submissions
Need your customers to fill out forms and submit them to you? With PDFpenPro, you can get the information you need without asking people to fill forms by hand. Simply scan your paper form, turn it into a PDF, then make it interactive using the “Create Form Fields” feature. Your clients will be able to type out their responses, even if all they have is a simple PDF reader.