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PDFs have become the golden standard for file sharing and you're bound to encounter them in your everyday life.
Regardless of whether it's a one-page job offer or a 100-page academic paper, these files can often contain a lot of text that can be difficult to parse through and digest.
Now, ChatPDF is a free AI tool that's here to assist you with all of your PDF-reading needs.
Simply by uploading your PDF to ChatPDF, the chatbot will automatically deliver a summary and suggest questions you can ask to learn more about the file.
Also: How does ChatGPT work?
The most convenient feature of the chatbot is that it can answer any question you ask about the PDF instantly. It even provides page references for where it got its answers, so you can do your own research.
Getting started is easy since you don't even need to create an account.
Free plan users, however, are limited to three PDF uploads of 120 pages or less a day. If you need more access, you can upgrade to a plus plan for $5 per month.
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Once you've determined if you want to stick with the free plan or need an upgrade, you can begin.
Once you find the PDF you want ChatPDF to assist you with, you will need to download it onto your computer. I like to add mine to my desktop, as seen by the screenshot below, because it makes it easier for me to locate the file.
Click on the Drop PDF here section and select the PDF you want to upload to the chatbot. You can also just drag the file into the Drop PDF here section.
Once you've uploaded the file, you will be sent to the actual chatbot. There you will be met with a brief summary of your PDF, as well as suggested questions you can ask to learn more about the file. From this point, you can decide where the conversation goes!
Using ChatPDF to sum up a file and answer any questions about your PDF is free. However, if you'd like to exceed the free plan's limit of three uploads with a maximum of 120 pages a day, you can upgrade to a plus plan for $5 per month.
Since ChatGPT doesn't have access to the internet or to information after 2021, it is prone to making mistakes when it creates summaries. If you need to summarize a PDF, I would recommend utilizing ChatPDF instead of ChatGPT as the results are accurate, quick, free, and more reliable.
ChatPDF runs on OpenAI's GPT 3.5 large language model, the same LLM behind ChatGPT.