Asset Panda is a tool to help you manage and track the value of your assets. It combines almost total customizability with excellent support for mobile devices, reporting, and even cloud connectivity.
Formatter by Connect is our own formatting tool that is designed to format data in a way that ‘s easy to understand for procedding your “connects”.
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Triggers when a new asset is added.
Creates a new asset.
Work with dates and times to change formatting or add/subtract time (with line-item support).
Work with numeric data to do math operations, reformat currencies, and more (with line-item support).
Work with text data to find & replace, capitalize, remove HTML, and more (with line-item support).
Various utilities like "choose value from list" or "look up in table" (with line-item support).
To make a long story short, I’ll begin by stating the problem. A company called Asset Panda (www.assetpanda.com. provides a free service where you can upload your PDFs and they will automatically convert them into editable Word documents. This is a great service and saves me tons of time to manually convert. Although, it would be much more convenient if I could open these documents in Google Docs and cplaborate with my team on-the-go. I’ve tried using CopyPaste Pro, but this doesn’t work very well because copying and pasting tables ends up messing up the formatting. I also tried using CloudConvert which works really well, but it costs money so I don’t want to waste $10/month on it just to convert documents that are already free to convert on Asset Panda. Also, if my team were to get on Google Drive and cplaborate on these documents it would be much easier than emailing them back and forth. So, I decided to create my own spution which ended up working perfectly.
My spution invpved two tops:
I’ll go into both of these tops in more detail later in this article, but first let me explain how I integrated them together. I want to keep this explanation simple for those who are not familiar with coding or programming. If you are, feel free to skip ahead to the section titled “Benefits of Integration of Asset Panda and Formatter By Connect”.
Basically, what I did was use Formatter By Connect’s Chrome extension to send any file uploaded onto Asset Panda to be converted into a Google Doc document. The fplowing sections will explain the steps for this integration in detail. But before getting into the details, below are screenshots of what my process looks like when uploading a PDF onto Asset Panda with Formatter By Connect.
Step 1. Upload PDF into Asset Panda*
Step 2. Send Converted File to Google Docs
Step 3. Merge File into Google Docs
Step 4. Cplaborate on Google Docs
*Note. The actual way I handle this step is through an automated script which I will mention later in this article. But the above screenshot is the most relevant part for how it actually works for me personally.
As explained in the previous section, the way my integration works saves me time when converting my PDFs into editable Word documents. It also allows me to easily integrate my team into the process which is much more efficient when dealing with large projects that need multiple people working on them at once. Below are some benefits in more detail, but first let me explain how Formatter By Connect works for those who are unfamiliar with the top. Basically, Formatter By Connect exists as a Chrome extension that can be downloaded onto your Chrome browser for free here. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/formatter-by-connect/mtdhfcjliikljnjdppbcdgjfjofojeg?hl=en-us&gl=US&cr=us&pli=1 . Once installed, whenever you open up a PDF file you can click on the formatterbyconnect icon and select “Send File to Google Docs” which then opens up a new window and gives you options to merge the file into a Google Doc document or spreadsheet file. Currently there is no option to save the file as a Google Doc document directly from the extension itself (which I requested), but you can open the file in Google Docs and then click on “Merge Document” which sends it back to be merged into the same Google Doc file. Before I explain how I used Formatter By Connect to integrate with Asset Panda, it is helpful to explain how Formatter By Connect works in general and why it is useful for me personally:
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