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Jun 10 in  Soda news

Difference between PDF and PowerPoint


We’ve all had to give a presentation at some point in our career. Some people do it daily! Whether you’re a sales person, a teacher, or a manager, you’re going to need to create and share a presentation in standard format to impart knowledge, make an argument, or simply display your findings in an easy-to-follow way.

When it comes to presentations, most people’s minds immediately go to one format: Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s basically a cliché at this point.

However, PowerPoint isn’t the only game in town for presentations anymore. While PowerPoint is the go-to software to create a presentation, many people in the business world prefer to use a PDF (Portable Document Format) to actually show their presentations.

May 24 in  Soda news

How to Convert PPT to PDF



Today we’re going to describe to you how to convert PowerPoint presentations (PPT) as PDF files.

We’re going to do this through two methods:

  1. Saving PowerPoint presentations as PDF files.
  2. Using Soda PDF to convert a PowerPoint presentation to a PDF.

Method 1: Saving the PowerPoint file as a PDF using Microsoft PowerPoint

This way is pretty easy – all you’ll need Microsoft PowerPoint and Windows OS.

When you save a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF, its format and layout become locked in. Anyone using the new PDF file will be able to view it, but not make any changes.

How to save a PowerPoint presentation as a PDF:

  • In PowerPoint, Select File > Export.
  • Click on “Save a presentation as PDF.”
  • Click “Create PDF/XPS Document,” then click “Create PDF/XPS.”
  • In the “Publish as PDF or XPS” dialog box, choose a location to save the file to. If you want it to have a different name, enter it in the File name box.

Changing what the final saved PDF will look like

If you want your saved PDF to look different than your original PowerPoint file, you have some choices. At “Optimize for,” select “Standard” for higher quality (this is good if you want to print it). Select “Minimum size” to make the file smaller (if you want to send it as an e-mail attachment).

May 12 in  Release notes, Soda news

Soda PDF v.14 Release Notes


SodaPDF 14

We’re happy you’re here! If this is your fist time checking us out, WELCOME!

If you’re a seasoned Soda Pro, sit back, relax, and read on!

We hear you – Soda 14 includes some of our most requested updates by our users – that means YOU!

This time, we’ve decided to do what we’re best at, and that’s service! Soda 14 users can count on superior service, as well as great new updates.

We’re listening. To you.

Notes! We’re pleased to bring you our latest release notes for Soda 14. As always, we’ve made enhancements and fixes that help improve your user experience. This version of Soda will also auto-update on the main application screen. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

New Features in Soda PDF v.14

This release introduces a new and improved Soda PDF Desktop Home screen UI, along with an integrated Live Chat service which allows you to get in touch with a customer support agent whenever you need help from an expert.

Additionally, this update includes a new feature suggestion option allowing users to provide the Soda PDF product team with feature requests for future updates.

In this release, we’re excited to introduce to you a new module that allows you to quickly fill out and sign forms on your desktop. We’ve also included some updates to our E-Sign solution that we hope you’ll enjoy using! Make sure to let us know what you think!

Enhancements in Soda PDF v.14

Many users have requested ability to add text indentation, and we have added this feature into the product. The new Append/Prepend feature allows uses to add a page or document to their PDF file. This is an awesome way to create a report or document from several individual pages.

We’re also happy to announce that we have added some much-requested (by you!) features to our Soda PDF Desktop, including the ability to create bookmarks for merged documents, extend the Soda PDF Desktop window, read aloud content on your device by text-to-speech, and more!

We’re happy you’ve chosen Soda – we’re listening. READ MORE

Dec 14 in  Soda news

How to Save Excel as PDF



In this article, we’ll show you a couple of methods you can use to save an Excel sheet as a PDF.


The easiest way by far is to simply convert your Excel file to a PDF file using Soda PDF.


Excel Files to PDF Files

If you work with Excel files, you know that sometimes you need to convert them to PDF in order to share your sheet in a cleaner, more readable format. You might only want to send a piece of your spreadsheet, or just have it not be editable.


PDF is also a more web-friendly format, and is supported by many browsers and other programs.



Saving an Excel spreadsheet as a PDF file can be a tricky and confusing process. In the end, your spreadsheet will likely not appear as a clearly defined document with margins and borders.


So you need a way to transform your spreadsheet into a good-looking, easy to read PDF document.


Our first method will involve converting that Excel file to a PDF file using Soda PDF’s free online Excel to PDF conversion tool.


Converting your Excel file to PDF using Soda PDF

If you want to save your Excel file into a readable, clean PDF without the hassle of preparing it in Microsoft Office, you can use Soda PDF’s free online converter tool.


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Here’s how to turn your Excel Spreadsheet to a PDF format file:

  1. Go the Soda PDF site.
  2. Select the Online Tools menu from the home page and go to the “View all tools” section.
  3. Select Excel to PDF from the menu.
  4. Drag and drop the file. You can also select and change the orientation of the pages within the file if you like.
  5. Download your new PDF file when ready and view it in your browser.
  6. You can then send the PDF attachment over email or share it however you like.

What is Soda PDF?

Soda PDF is a comprehensive PDF file management app. It’s designed to solve all your editing, converting needs and more.


Soda PDF does way more than just convert Excel files to PDF! You can actually use it in 3 different ways, two of which are online:


  1. Soda PDF free one-off web-based tools (online converters and more) – works on all platforms (Windows, Mac, etc.)
  2. Soda PDF Online (full suite) – ideal for Mac users
  3. Soda PDF Desktop (full suite) – Windows only


Soda PDF website-based tools are just one-off solutions designed to help people searching for quick and free PDF file management. They are limited to processing one file at a time.


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The full suite of Soda PDF tools comes two forms: Soda PDF online and desktop versions. These are full-featured programs and can transform multiple files (to and from PDF or any other format) at the same time.


If you’re looking for more power and functionality, check out Soda PDF’s full online version if you’re on a Mac or PC, or download and install the Soda PDF desktop app if you’re using Windows.


These versions require an account registration, but also feature a 7-day free trial. The web-based one-off tools are always free and don’t require any sign-up. With the free solutions on the website, you can only work with a single Excel document (or PDF) at a time, but there’s also a limit to the size of file you can work with.


These PDF editors just an easy way to do one-off tasks. There’s also a daily limit for using them. Of course you’ll need a browser and internet connection to use them.


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They are designed for people who just need a quick, free and easy way to manage their file formats, such as doing a quick document conversion task for sharing by email.


If you want to work with multiple Excel spreadsheet documents to PDF for emailing, you’ll need to use either the Soda PDF Online or Desktop versions for that type of Excel conversion.

Microsoft Office: Preparing your Excel file to Save as a PDF

Step 1. Page Setup

In Office 2008 or later, go to the Page Layout tab. You’ll see a few options grouped under the Page Setup section. Here are the ones you need to find:


Margins: How large the whitespace is between the edge of a document and the first cell.


Orientation: Landscape or portrait. Landscape usually works better for Excel files – portrait tends to cut off some columns from the margins.


Size: The page size of your saved document.


Step 2. Print Area and Fitting

In this step you’ll define what area of your spreadsheet will be printed. You can do by clicking-and-dragging to select all the cells you want to include. Then, go to Page Setup > Print Area > Set Print Area. This will circle the area to be printed with a gray line.


You can also manually add cells you want to include in your printed document by clicking the arrow on the lower-left corner and going to Sheets > Print Area.


After you’ve defined your print area, go to the Scale to Fit option. To the right of Page Setup, there are three options: Width, Height, and Scale. The Width and Height options will allow you to set how many pages the rows or columns of your table will appear in. So if you have many rows but just a few columns, set the Width to one page. Scale will determine the overall resizing of your entire print area.

Saving or Printing your Excel file as a PDF document

Once your Excel document is properly formatted using the steps above, there are two ways you can create a PDF. Saving it as a PDF in Excel, or printing it as a PDF.


To save the file as a PDF in Excel:

Open the Save As dialog, and select PDF from the “Save as type” dropdown menu, OR go to Export > Export to XPS/PDF.

Then, you can decide whether to optimize the file for Standard or Minimum, which will determine the final quality and file size of the document. You can then click “Options” to select the area to publish:

  • Selection: The cells you have selected
  • Active Sheets: The current sheet that you’ve selected
  • Entire Workbooks: All the workbooks in the current file you’re working on
  • Table: A defined table that you’ve created via Microsoft Excel
  • You can also opt to ignore the print area you’ve set entirely.


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