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Concerned About PDF Security? Use PDFescape!

With all of the PDF security warnings being posted around the internet, many PDF users are wondering what the safest course of action really is. Uninstall Adobe Reader? Uninstall all PDF software?

For concerned users, PDFescape, the free PDF editor, is an excellent choice as your PDF reader! The Adobe security flaw is specific to the way in which Adobe handles its JavaScript (a common scripting language which allows PDF forms to have advanced features such as form field formatting and allow fields to calculate their values). PDFescape on the other hand (while it does support JavaScript), is based on the JavaScript engine of your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc). All of these internet browsers are immune these flaws!

Instead of risking opening files in Adobe Reader which may contain a security risk, download any PDF file to your computer. Then open that PDF in PDFescape. PDFescape can view, edit, form fill, and print PDF files all without the use of Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash (both of which had scripting flaws in the past)!

If you absolutely must open PDF files from unknown sources on your computer, you can also turn off JavaScript in Adobe Reader in the preferences menu (just be sure to do this BEFORE double clicking that PDF file).

Encrypt PDF Documents Using PDFescape

PDF files being edited in PDFescape can now be encrypted when exported or emailed.

For quite some time, PDFescape has supported opening PDF files which were encrypted with a password. Now, files saved using the free PDF editor can be password protected.

With a PDF document open in PDFescape, simply hover over the "Edit" menu, and click "Document Security".

Edit and encrypt PDF files using PDFescape for free

Check the box to indicate that you wish to password protect the file, enter your password twice, and click OK.

These password protected files will require the user to enter a password before viewing the exported PDF file and its contents is allowed.

PDFescape encrypts the entire contents of the PDF using 128-bit encryption, keeping sensitive information safe from prying eyes.

Just one more way in which PDFescape continues to be the most featured, free PDF editor.

Google Chrome & Western European Bug Fix

Red Software is proud to announce office support for Google Chrome in PDFescape.


PDFescape, Free PDF Editor, Supports Google Chrome

Having proven itself to be a major industry browser, PDFescape, the free PDF editor, now supports Google's browser, Chrome.

Additionally, a bug in PDFescape has been corrected. This bug caused some European characters (such as À, Å, Ñ etc.) to not be properly output into exported or printed PDF files.

This bug has been corrected and we welcome back all affected European users to PDFescape. We apologize for the inconvenience.

PDF Form Field Formatting Support Added

As both a free PDF editor and an online PDF form filler, PDFescape is constantly being improved and updated. Fortunately, unlike other PDF readers that must be downloaded and installed, these updates are seamlessly presented to our loyal web users directly, without any updates for them to install!

Being a service in BETA, it is important that we continue to keep implementing PDF form standards into PDFescape, as such, we are pleased to announce that PDFescape now formats the display of select form fields.

or example, PDF form fields which format the number 5 into the currency representation $5.00 will now be properly displayed in both Adobe Reader & PDFescape (as well as when printed from PDFescape).

Form Field Formatting in PDFescape, the free PDF editor

To try this feature, please open our sample file.

Along side the already implemented PDF JavaScript capabilities of PDFescape (such as form field calculations), PDF forms posted online to PDFescape are even more usable.

PDF Page Rotation - The Much Asked For Feature Arrives!

There probably hasn't been a single day in the past 3 or 4 months in which a loyal PDFescape user hasn't put in his or her request to allow the rotation of pages in PDFescape. Heck, Adobe Reader can do it, why can't PDFescape!?

Red Software is proud to announce that the free PDF editor and PDF form filler, PDFescape, can now rotate pages in PDF documents being edited.

Rotating documents is both quick and easy.

Rotate PDF Pages Using PDFescape, Free PDF Editor

Simply select the "Pages" tab in the PDFescape interface. Then click Rotate Right or Rotate Left to rotate the currently selected page one direction or the other.

With this improvement, PDFescape takes yet another step toward being the only PDF editor you need!

Note: Because of what we believe is a bug in the way Webkit handles the <canvas> tag, Windows Webkit users (Google Chrome & Safari for Windows) may experience a slight bug when rotating pages. It appears however that Mac Safari users are not affected. We're working on a correction for this asap.