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Emily Shaw


Emily Shaw is the founder of DocFly. As a software developer, she built the service from scratch and is responsible for its operations and continued growth. Previously, she studied engineering at the University of Hong Kong and mathematics at the University of Manchester.

The real key to success is to keep improving your product and speaking to users.


  • 10 years of experience as a software developer, both as a founder and lead developer for various startups
  • Focused on developing and improving useful tools that help others communicate and share their work
  • Educational background in mathematics, statistics, and computer science

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About DocFly

DocFly is an online PDF editor that allows you to create, edit, and convert PDF files. Its intuitive interface allows anyone to quickly perform functions such as filling out a PDF form or merging and rearranging pages.

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4 Tips For Creating And Using Electronic Signatures In The Real Estate Sector

As we described in a previous blog post, digital documents are revolutionizing the real estate industry. The process of signing documents such as sales agreements, lease agreements, and other legal documents can now be completed electronically while minimizing pitfalls and delays. Compared to paper-based processes, electronic signatures provide a faster and more efficient way to sign documents. In this article, we outline four tips for creating and using electronic signatures in the real estate sector.

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PDF in Real Estate: Taking Digital Transformation to The Next Level

As one of the world’s oldest industries, real estate has traditionally been a paper-intensive business. This is especially the case as trust is very important. All parties, such as buyers, sellers, and service providers, need to verify that information is accurate before transacting. Historically, every stage in the lifecycle of a real estate transaction (such as listings, offers, and contracts) has relied on physical documents. Thanks to dramatic improvements in digital tools, the industry is...

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How Lawyers Can Secure Legal PDF Files With Password Protection

Given the nature of the role, lawyers spend many hours every day working with documents. As most digital documents are PDF files, inevitably, this means that lawyers need to have a good grasp of the file format. This is especially important as most legal documents are confidential, and there can be significant consequences if a document ends up in the wrong hands.  

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Paperless Office Software For Your Small Business: Essential Tools

Almost every business is looking to go paperless these days. Thanks to the rise of remote working and the need to work more efficiently, businesses need to adapt. This digital transformation process is easier than ever thanks to many great online tools. Today, even a small business can make the change without spending a lot of money. The benefits of going paperless and a list of free or low-cost tools are listed below.

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5 Reasons Why A PDF Editor Is A Must-Have Tool For A Teacher

As the world continues to move online, teachers and students are making the jump as well. While paper-based assignments, lesson plans, and checklists were once common in classrooms, today one is more likely to see digital tools being used. Specifically, PDF files are increasingly replacing paper. While PDF files have many advantages, teachers believe they're a useful resource because they always maintain their format, can be opened by most devices, and cannot be changed easily....

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How to create a fillable PDF form template using only free tools

Thanks to a number of online tools, it's quite simple to build a professional-looking fillable PDF form for free. In this article, we'll cover the process of finding a form template using Canva (a browser-based design tool), and converting it into a fillable PDF form using DocFly. This article is inspired by a YouTube video by Aurelius Tjin showing users how to create a fillable PDF form using Canva and DocFly, thanks for the video Aurelius!...

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Ultimate Guide: Documents that Should Always be in PDF

PDFs are universally known as one of the most popular and convenient file formats for sharing and viewing documents. Thanks to their adaptability, readability and security features, converting your documents to PDFs is practical in most circumstances. Whether it be sharing a sensitive spreadsheet or printing a complex infographic that needs to look perfect, there are a few instances where PDFs should be your best friend. Read on to learn about the advantages of using...

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Perception or Reality? Debating Perceptions for PDF vs Word

Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft's Word document formats (such as DOC and DOCX) are two widely used document formats. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we'll look at some of the most common use cases for PDFs versus Microsoft Word document formats and how they match up with common perceptions. Source: Unsplash/Bradley Pisney

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8 Super Useful Tools Every Real Estate Agent Needs

When it comes to software for real estate agents, we know that there are heaps of options out there to choose from. However, we also know that the best tools help you accomplish two things well: generate more leads and close more sales. With that goal in mind, we've compiled this list of 8 super useful real estate agent tools that every realtor should have in their arsenal for 2021. The good news is, many...

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Why I Started DocFly

It all started in 2014, when I was trying to extract text from a PDF file. The file contained some interesting research that I was trying to summarize for a colleague. The software I was using didn’t allow me to copy the text from the file properly, and I couldn’t find a decent PDF to Word converter either. After spending a lot of time on Google and trying various paid and unpaid software products, I...