You have probably encountered the problem of the PDF; the data and information are there, but locked in the PDF leaving you unable to filter, sort and work with the data in other ways. This file format can frustrate the savviest of journalists, but there are services available to help. IRE has partnered with Cometdocs.com, an online file conversion and storage tool to better help journalists with PDF files.
"As such, we want to offer all members of the IRE in good standing, free premium account access for cometdocs.com that can be used and renewed for free on a yearly basis. With free access, IRE members will be able to convert their electronic documents between many of the most popular document formats (such as native and scanned PDF) and also store, share and manage these files online through our simple to use cometdocs interface."
IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit said Cometdocs helps solve a growing problem for journalists.
"Nothing is more frustrating than getting information you need to analyze in a largely useless PDF," Horvit said. "Cometdocs helps solve that problem. By making their premium service free to IRE members, Cometdocs provides journalists with a powerful analysis tool."
What does this mean to you: As an IRE member, your premium Cometdocs account, (normally $9.99 per month), will allow you to convert an unlimited amount of documents each week, upload up to 50 documents at the same time, convert multiple documents at once, run optical character recognition on your documents and more.