Manipulating PDFs – February 2023

Event write up by Sharon Gordon, regular attendee

The DEG event, Manipulating and Managing PDFs, that took place in February 2023 was very enlightening, and I am very glad I was able to attend as I learned a lot about PDFs and how they are being used today.

I recall many years ago when PDFs were fairly new, it was used so that people couldn’t edit or manipulate the contents of a document.  Fast forward to today and that is definitely a thing of the past.

I have been using PDFs for a very long time throughout my life and in my careers and I still picked up lots of new information about them and I have to say, things have changed with PDFs a lot!

What I found fascinating was the way in which PDFs can now be edited and manipulated like a Word document.  How did we get here?  That was one of the questions asked during the event and I was very interested to hear what reasons were given for this.  One answer given was that people wanted to be able to manipulate scanned documents and to restyle them.  That’s fine, but why can’t this be done in Word?

All the speakers participating in the event, Lee Trevallion, Michael Lawton, Sheila Quansah-Solomon and Rob Simcock, were very knowledgeable and answered all the questions they were asked fully and thoroughly and shared so much information about the life of PDFs.  I would like to say thank you to the team for all the information they shared with the group.  I found it very, very useful and I can now share that information in my own training sessions.

Thank you to DEG for putting on this and other events and I look forward to attending more in the future.

Sharon Gordon
IT Trainer and Change Specialist
SG Web Craft Ltd.

Sharon Gordon

About Sharon

Sharon is an IT Trainer and Change Specialist who helps businesses to navigate their system changes to ensure a smooth transition and encourage good use of new software and/or ways of working and she is currently contracting for a high street retailer in their Communications and Change Management team.  As well as creating and updating training guides and videos, she does training where required and helps with firmwide communications regarding system updates.  She has worked in the legal and financial field for many years.

If training is identified as required during a transition period, Sharon will create and deliver the relevant courses, create training documentation and videos and be the ‘go-to’ person for any questions following training.