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How to make pdf versions of Codals?

Posted: February 11, 2011 in How to Guides
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The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a law student is that it is a person who carries a lot of books with him. This might be very difficult for some people as they have to carry all those heavy books and copies of cases with them while transporting on their way to school.

So, what is the solution? Make pdf versions of (possibly) everything.

How is it done?

1. First, you have to have an electronic device such as a laptop, netbook or a tablet reader such as an ipad.

2. Then, you need to access sites where there are electronic copies of jurisprudence and codals, e.g., Revised Penal Code, Civil Code, etc. Sites like chanrobles and lawphil have some very good content in there so better check those.

3. After which, you need to ensure that you have a program in your computer which can create pdf copies out of websites. For PC users, you may look at the free foxit software. For Mac users, the default pdf viewer (preview) already has this function so no need to install anything.

4. Once you have the necessary software installed, go back to the site where the codals or cases are located and try to print them. For PC users, select the foxit software as the reader and it will automatically save the document as a pdf. For Mac, there’s a “pdf” button located in the print window that you may select to save it as a pdf. (please leave comments or email me in case you’re having trouble in doing this step.)

5. Once you have the pdf files, then you don’t need to have to carry around so many books everyday in class. Also, reading from your computer might be difficult for some people as they’re not use to it but believe give it some time and it will grow on you. Both PC and Mac users are given lots of tools in reading electronically such as the ability to use the highlighter function (in different colors) and other annotating tools to help you in studying.

All in all, I think that doing this is more cost-effective for students as this dispenses the need to buy some books and photocopy cases, not to mention that this would also help our environment as we are reducing the number of papers we used. So, that’s it everyone. Hope this little guide help you make the switch from reading physical paper materials to their electronic versions.