Have you ever tried to do something other than read a portable document format (PDF) file on a Windows PC? Have much success? I know that text can be selected, copied and pasted and the same is true of images, but editing the document has been out of reach. For whatever reason, Microsoft never liked or felt the need to support PDFs in Windows and even went as far as developing a competing format for Vista called XPS. The hope must be that everyone will run away from PDF and use XPS. I seriously doubt that will happen. ActivePDF Inc., makers of a freeware application called PrimoPDF, add this functionality to a Windows PC. It works with Adobe Acrobat Reader making any PDF file you can open into an editable and sharable PDF. Take a trip to www.primopdf.com and download this freebie which allows a quick and easy way to make PDFs for screen viewing, printing, ebooks It works like an installed printer that you select when finished with a document but instead of printing, it starts the program and allows the user to perform whatever function they desire. The security features are very nice. They allow users many options from choosing what functions others can perform on the document all the way up to 128-bit encryption, which protects documents from unauthorized viewing. Because it is a freebie, users will see ads for other activePDF and PrimoPDF products appearing in the main window which is a small price to pay for this kind of increased functionality. Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in company repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.