Here’s another second-hand tip
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I picked up this tip from Nicholas Rossis at http://nicholasrossis.me/2019/01/21/pdf-element-an-alternative-to-adobe-acrobat-dc/
I haven’t been following his blog for very long but I’m finding it an informative site that covers a wide range of topics. This particular post points to an affordable alternative to Adobe Acrobat called PDF Element. Nicholas also offers a handy comparison between the basic and premium versions of the program.
I am currently paying a monthly subscription to Adobe. My obsolete version of Acrobat became increasingly unreliable and finally died halfway through formatting our writing group’s anthology. I thought the ‘save as pdf’ option on MS Word might be good enough to convert my Word manuscript, but it didn’t convert the font we were using and made a mess of the pictures on a Christmas verse of my own I was publishing.
(NB: Since then I’ve discovered how to embed fonts on Word by going to File/Options/Save/Embed fonts in the file. This will ensure your ‘Save as PDF’ option saves your font as well. Lots of people know this already. Self-publication is quite a learning curve.)
Since we were running short of time to publish before Christmas, I panicked and took a monthly subscription to Acrobat. There are numerous design resources thrown in that I have no idea how to use nor time to find out (and probably will never need). I don’t intend to continue subscribing beyond this initial year so I will be checking out PDF Element when the time comes.