Forget Adobe, here’s an easy way make PDFs your BFF

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PDFelement makes wrangling PDFs simple.
PDFelement makes wrangling PDFs simple.
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Start the new year with a whole new set of workplace skills [Deals]

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Many offices have become a den of ninjas, hiring those who are nimble and efficient in things like coding, spreadsheets, graphic design, analytics, you name it. Staying sharp along a broad range of skills is key to staying marketable, and with more than 100 lessons that’s what the eduCBA bundle is all about. It’s just in time for your new year’s resolution to up your game at the office — now you’ll be ready the time comes to choose your weapon, er, workstation. The eduCBA bundle normally goes for over $2,000, but right now you can get access for just $39.

Keep the cyber in Cyber Monday with deals on iOS, Microsoft and Adobe training [Deals]

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Instead of buying a new TV or juicer this Cyber Monday, invest in your own tech savviness. From training in iOS and Xcode to Microsoft Office and Adobe’s array of creative products, you’ll emerge from the holidays ready to take on new challenges and better gigs. And most digital deals like these get another 25% taken off if you enter the coupon code ‘CYBERMONDAY25’ at checkout.

PDF Expert is the lightweight, powerful viewer your Mac needs

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PDF Expert is more powerful than you'd expect for its price.
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Readdle’s highly praised iOS app PDF Expert has landed on the Mac. Shortly after its debut, it shot straight to the number one spot for paid apps on the Mac App Store. Apple’s own Preview app works fine for simply reading through PDF files or making tiny edits, but people who work with PDF files more frequently and need more power can benefit from giving the $19.99 PDF Expert a chance. Cult of Mac got the opportunity to do just that.

Everybody knows that the leader in the category of PDF editors and readers is Adobe with its Reader and Acrobat apps, but the latter costs $14.99 per month for a subscription or a staggering $449 for the full desktop software. As long as you don’t need to create PDFs, PDF Expert only asks for $20 out of your pocket and it’s jam-packed with all of the necessities and then some.

Adobe creatives gush over iPad Pro in new demo video

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil keep designers happy and eraser dust-free.
iPad Pro and Apple Pencil keep designers happy and eraser dust-free.
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Adobe’s VP of Products, Scott Belsky, said the iPad will transform how creatives work, and according to some of the most creative people that use the company’s apps, they agree.

Ahead of the iPad Pro’s launch later this week, Adobe gathered some top designers and illustarators to test out the company’s apps on the new tablet to see if you can do real creative work on it. Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Photoshop Fix and other Creative Cloud apps shine on the iPad Pro in the demo that highlights how transformative the iPad Pro will be.

Here’s how creatives make use of the large screen:

Apple TV dominates streaming, but it makes people sad

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Apple TV 4 brings iOS apps to the big screen.
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A new study puts Apple TV at the top of the streaming-box charts, but it’s faring less well in public perception on social media.

Adobe draws data for its quarterly survey, Digital Video Benchmark, from hundreds of apps and billions of online views. And the second chunk of 2015 had some surprises.

6 deals on useful toys, tools and e-learning bundles ending soon [Deals]

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Ending soon: a lifetime subscription to over 6,000 Adobe software and web design training videos.
Ending soon: a lifetime subscription to over 6,000 Adobe software and web design training videos.
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The best things in life aren’t always free, but sometimes they’re heavily discounted. That’s basically what’s happening with these deals on essential lessons, tools, and tech toys that’ll you’ll kick yourself for missing. Surge protectors, financial education, bluetooth headphones, and maybe most impressive, a huge discount on lifetime access to Adobe-certified training videos ending in just a couple days.

Master the worlds of Adobe and web design with a lifetime of lessons [Deals]

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From Photoshop to Flash, Adobe’s software products are a key part of the digital media ecosystem. Mastering a set of tools as wide ranging as theirs takes a lot of time, which is exactly what the Lifetime Subscription to Adobe Training Videos offers. For $89, you’ll get literally as much time as you need to absorb thousands of lessons on the countless facets of Adobe and web design.