63 ways to enjoy Prime
I recently joined Amazon Prime. Yeah, late to the party. I hate, hate, hate paying for shipping, and couldn't rationalize paying $119 a year for shipping when I'd rather buy an item for $20 with free shipping than the same item for $17 with $3 shipping. The math may be the same, but the emotions are different.
The last time I tried Prime on a trial, the entertainment options were, at best, meh. But lately I've been missing out on some shows I wanted to watch, so I did a paradigm shift: I am paying for an entertainment subscription and getting free shipping as a bonus. Plus, apparently, some other perks.
My sister shared with me this cheat sheet of Prime benefits, and I’m sharing it with you. Free 2-hour delivery from Whole Foods? Oh, yeah, I'm in.
True confession: I am addicted to Buzzfeed. I love their silly lists. Not the ones about celebrities or products, but silly stuff, like this and this and this and this.
Sometimes they even post useful information, such as these iPhone hacks. At one time I knew most of these but forgot them from lack of need. The most useful? Number 6. If you type on your phone, you need to know this. You're welcome.
Editing PDFs in Word
If you use Microsoft Word on Windows, it’s probably not news to you that Word can open and let you edit PDF files, if the original document was created in Word and saved as a PDF in Word. (PDF files created by Adobe Acrobat will open in Word but the formatting will be messed up. You also could use third-party software or copy and paste text from a PDF, but would need to fix formatting issues.)
This functionality has been available on the Windows version since 2013, but only since 2018 for Mac users---and not on the 2011 version I was running, so forgive me for not knowing about this feature until recently.
I recently switched to Office 365 and discovered this feature when a client asked for help converting a PDF to an editable document. The PDF opened easily in Word, formatting looked OK, and I sent it back to her as a .docx file. (I had first emailed her instructions for doing this herself, but she declined the opportunity in favor of having me do it for her.)
Should I mention that I have been using Microsoft Word since 1985? Some old friends still remind me that back then I said that I’d invest in this startup called Microsoft but was using my saving as a down payment on a house. If only…
While we’re on the subject of file formats, did you know that Preview (a Mac app) can convert PDF documents to JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and other formats? All you need to do is open the file in Preview, and from the File menu choose Export and then choose the format you want. Preview can also convert a JPEG, PNG, or TIFF file to a PDF.
Judy Wolff is a writer, editor, and computer geek.
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