I’m an online college instructor. My students upload their papers in *docx format, I want to edit them in a PDF program so I can use my Apple Pencil 2. I access the papers through Safari and they open in a new tab. The problem is that double spaced papers are single spaced, footnotes misarranged, and margins are adjusted incorrectly.
Here’s what I have to do to get a PDF for annotation and keep the formatting and pagination:
- Using the share sheet in Safari, I send the document to Pages.
- In Pages, I export the file as a PDF and when prompted
- I save as PDF and the send to PDF Expert.
- Then I annotate.
This process leaves documents in different places in the file system.
Is there a way to cut Pages out of the loop. I would love to go straight from Safari to PDF Expert. But when I do this, all of the pagination problems are still there. I think this is beyond what Shortcuts can do. Also, none of the share sheet options for creating or converting a PDF preserve the original formatting.
I know this isn’t a terrible problem, but when I have to grade 40-50 essays, every step I can save is important. I would love to automate the process as much as possible.
Jim Adams. KY USA