5 Amazing Resources for Teachers Using PDFs

As technology becomes ever present in our classrooms, it makes no sense to punish those who use it. Rather than subjugate a student to ridicule and humiliation for using his iPhone in class, most teachers now are embracing technology as part of their curriculum.

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We here at Soda PDF believe that this is a step in the right direction. We want to outline some key resources that can be used by teachers and educators alike. Here are some tips that revolves around the use of PDFs in the classroom.

1. TeacherVision.com – Digital books in PDF


This site has a section on Digital Books. Soda PDF can be used to view these books in a PDF format that each student can access from any device or computer they wish to use.

With PDFs, you are given the option to share useful information and not risk having anything altered. This is especially useful when dealing with a younger generation.

2. Edtechteacher.org – Publishing Tools


Do some of your students express an interest in writing? Do you feel some have potential to be published? With this website and PDFs you can upload your students work without the worry of plagiarism or theft.

Easily convert PDF to word and your students writing accomplishments are ready for publication!

3. Educatorstechnology.com – PDF Tools


One of the many ways to embrace technology in the classroom is keeping up with the latest innovations. Educators Technology provides a perfect array of guides showcasing the utilization of PDFs in education.

By using these guides in conjunction with Soda PDF you’ll be sure to always maintain the attention of your students.

4. Edutopia.org – Teaching Tips & Tricks


Edutopia provides an amazing assortment of tools and resources. Not only do they have neat tips and tricks to help you in your day to day, it offers solutions to almost all common classroom problems.

Use Soda PDF browser add-on to view a PDF of interesting tips on how to remember your student’s names.

5. Bitstripforschools.com – Educational Bitstrips


Remember bitstrips? These fun little comics can help encourage creativity amongst your students and help them learn at the same time. Edutainment is a term coined by the Walt Disney Company in the late 1940s in order to promote content that was educational yet entertaining as well.

By using Soda PDF, you can view and share these creations without worrying about another student altering the content.


Sneak Preview into Version 7

With the release of Soda PDF 7 approaching we’re excited to share some of our new features. Though we have many additions to our latest flagship software we’re particularly proud of three features. Here is a sneak preview of them.


Virtual Drive Integration – Dropbox and OneDrive

Never lose another document again with the integration of cloud services such as Dropbox and One Drive. Use the application or your Soda PDF Online account to create PDFs online, you can then save to the cloud and access from anywhere.


Installation Manager and Core Engine Optimization.

Due to popular demand we’ve re-built our core engine and re-designed our installation manager to bring you the fastest and sleekest Soda PDF yet.


I.R.I.S OCR Technology

Always striving to achieve perfection, Soda PDF 7 utilizes the latest in I.R.I.S Cannon technology to accurately recognize text hidden within images in your documents.

There is much more from the Soda PDF software family coming. Stay tuned.

The excited Soda PDF 7 team.


How-to Change your Default PDF Reader

One of the best parts of using computers is the power to decide which applications you want to use. These days there are so many great programs available it is very common to have more than one installed which do the same thing. In one media player you may prefer to watch movies and another may better display your music library. A really cool feature across the different versions of Windows is the ability to easily switch the default application associated with a file type.

The default application is the program that will be used when you open a file. As you browse files you will see the icon of the default program. This tells you which program will be used when you open the file. Many times as a new program is installed, during the installation process it will to become the new default. This article is going to explain how you can change the default application using PDF as an example.

We’re going to show you a couple of ways to change the default application. We will show you how to change the application using each version of Windows.This can also be done within a PDF program.


Within Windows


Windows 8:


Using Windows 8 you can change the default application with a few steps.

1)      First go to your Start menu. In the Start menu you should right click anywhere and then choose the All apps option in the bottom right corner.

2)      Scroll over to the right until you find Default Programs, choose this.

3)      Click on the option Set your Default Programs.

4)      On the right side you will see Programs. Scroll down this list until you see the PDF program that you want as your default. Select the program then choose Choose defaults for this program.

5)      Scroll down the list until you find PDF. Check the box next to PDF and then choose Save.

Windows 8 will now remember that you want your application to be the default. The icon of your PDF files will update.


Windows 7/Vista:


Changing the default application in Windows 7 and Windows Vista are so similar we have grouped them together. There are more than one way to change the default application in Windows 7. The simplest and easy way has been selected since they all work.

1.)    Go to any PDF document on your computer. Right click on this file and a menu will open. In this menu option you will see Open With. This allows you to choose between available programs. Rather than selecting a program, select the Choose Default Program … option.

2.)    Choose between the available programs installed on your computer. In the Recommended Programs section you will see all the programs that can open PDF files. Choose the program you would like to now be your default. In the bottom left hand corner there is a check box next to Always use the selected program to open this kind of file. When this box is checked, it tells Windows to change the default application to the one you selected. When you are ready, click Ok.

All the icons on your PDF file will instantly update confirming the process was successful.


Windows XP:


At this time Windows XP is no longer being supported by Microsoft. This means that is no longer an “Active” version of Windows. Due to this, getting relevant screenshots was not possible at this time. For those people still using Windows XP, here is a step by step walkthrough for changing the default PDF Reader:

  • Go to any .pdf file already saved on your computer
  • Right-click on the file
  • Select the Open With option
  • A menu will open displaying the applications associated with .pdf documents
  • Select the Choose another program option below the listed programs. The wording will differ depending on your version of Windows.
  • In the window that opens select the new default application.
  • Check the box next to Always use this program when opening this kind of file.
  • Click Ok.


Within the PDF Application


Quality PDF Applications will have a way to change the default program in their preference settings. Soda PDF 6 was used to provide an example of how to find the Change Default option. When Soda PDF 6 was installed, it became the default application.

1.)    Open Soda PDF 6, choose the Help module.

2.)    Select Options and the window below will open:

3.)    In the General tab you will see the option Make Default to open PDF. When this check box is selected it means that Soda PDF will be the default application. Click OK to confirm your selection.

In most cases there will be a basic reader installed on your PC when you got it. If you prefer this reader for regular use, simply uncheck the box next to Make Default to Open PDF instead. Now the program which was the default application before Soda PDF 6, will be the default again.

It is completely normal for all the icons to have changed. This does not change the content of your documents.




You should now be a pro at changing the default PDF reader. Great news! The instructions provided for the different versions of Windows can be used to change the file types of any application. Instead of right-clicking on a PDF file, simply choose MP3, JPEG, Etc.


Keep your invoices tidy – Convert to PDF and store online

September is not only about school`s opening. Adults also return from their holidays back to their everyday routines. A routine which most often involves productivity, work and the least interesting but very important part of invoicing.

Much as we are excited to jump into the new project, we need to be sure that we have been paid for the previous one. Getting organized and making sure invoices are delivered on time is a big part of this lost art of invoice delivery. This great article on proz.com features a comprehensive list of tips for freelancers who invoice clients regularly.

Keeping those invoices tidy and keep running is easier said than done. But let`s face it, technology and computers have been our allies on this for a little while now. In previous posts we have Invoicing is one the cases where we want to share something which we do not want to be changed. Read our full blog post on when to use PDFs. As PDF ensures your format and content will remain unchanged, we advice you to always convert your invoices to PDF format before sharing.
On this post we will showcase how you can use the Soda PDF online services PDF creator and converter to Keep your invoices neat and tidy so that you can spent your free time planning the winter holidays. It is a simple two step job.

Step 1 – Convert to PDF

Once you have created your free account, you can login on your personal space and convert your file to PDF.

Soda PDF online services will create a PDF version of your file and will store both the original and the converted file into your personal online storage.

Step 2 – View and Share

Your files are available for you to view and share from everywhere and any device. No need for software and application downloads. All is in the fingertips of your browser.

Online storage ensures you will not need to be looking around in piles of paper and old emails for finding that last invoice of last year. All is kept nice and tidy on the online storage space of Soda online services.

We hope this post will motivate you into a digital paper free and stress free new season.

The Soda PDF team



5 Tips to Help You Start the New School Year

Getting back to school doesn’t sound like such a bright new perspective for the rather near future. It is always nice to be on holidays. However, the moment will eventually come and one needs to be prepared to undertake the new challenges of a new school year.

You want to be sure your new start does not look like the classic now back to school movie Also, the beginning of a new school year should not even be such an unfortunate event. In order to make sure that the fun will not be spoiled as the holiday ends, the beginning of the new school year should actually involve some preparation and a few wise steps taken in advance.


Here are 5 tips that will make the pathway from holiday to school year almost imperceptible and will help you have a great worry-less brand new school year ahead:

1- Make way! Prepare your office or your working space

It’s good to have your office ready or at least some space where you will put your stuff and you will be conducting most of your work in the year to come. Of course, in most of the cases and at a mere reality check we will all figure out that we often move places – sometimes inspiration strikes best when we find ourselves in the weirdest locations. However, it is always good to have your office or the working space ready, just in case you want to focus and prove yourself productive. After all, it’s always nice to have some tidy space left where to work during all of those evenings just before the deadline – we all know about procrastinating, don’t we?!

back to school

2 – Get a tablet

In case you haven’t got one yet, maybe it’s time to invest in a brand new gadget: a tablet. The days of paper and pencil are over! In most of the cases, the job will be half done due to this tiny little miraculous invention called tablet.

tablet - get

Of course, a laptop will still do. However, a tablet is much better – not only because of its light design, but also due to its functionality.

It will prove to be quite handy in conducting all of that online research or in easily dealing with visual material, but also with all that reading, which usually comes in plenty when any type of school-related activities are involved. And since we’ve mentioned reading…

3- A reliable PDF reader

Having a reliable PDF reader is a must for every ready-for-school student and a priceless tool in order to make your life easier in the next school year. Soda PDF offer a free pdf reader downlaod! Just visit our website and once you get your free PDF reader, you will find it incredibly easy to deal with the required reading material, especially since most of the reading material provided with in an electronic format comes as a PDF file. The PDF reader is easy to download and install on any device and it will certainly become indispensable.

Not only that you can read the required texts, but you can also underline, enhance, take notes while reading and save all of these changes in your PDF file. Everything’s at a click! Easy to install and even fun to use! Reading will get easier with your PDF reader. Not to mention that you will be using no paper at all, this way going green and protecting the environment.

4 – Set your accounts in order

Make sure that as the school starts all of the accounts are in order. You might need or want to order one book or another. It is always bothersome not to have the account in order and not be able to order at a click – so don’t forget to set everything in order or fuel the account before the school year or academic year starts. You will be ready to get all of that material at a click – and that is just part of the beauty of it! In case you don’t have an account yet, it helps setting one or being given access to one; some of the educational material is accessible online and payment can be done immediately, so it always helps to have this done.

5 -  Have your eyes checked by a doctor

Weird as it might sound, having an appointment with the doctor to check on your sight can prove to be a very useful tip, especially just before the start of a new school/ academic year. Most of the work will involve a lot of effort from your eyes, so one needs to make sure that they are in a good shape. Even if there is no serious problem with the sight and there is no need for glasses, a good doctor will always know to prescribe some helpful vitamins or some dietary supplements that will help your eyes to deal with all of that effort.

have fun going back to school

This way, you will stay healthy throughout the new school year, be able to put up with all of those challenges and fully enjoy the activities that you are going to be engaged in. Have fun!

The Soda PDF content team