Free soft­ware


AbleWord (­rup8) is the only free PDF edi­tor we’re aware of that will im­port a PDF and make it com­pletely ed­itable. It’s best when im­port­ing PDF files that were cre­ated in Word, but will at­tempt to repli­cate all PDF files. The end re­sult won’t look iden­ti­cal to the orig­i­nal, but will be close. Foxit Reader (fox­it­soft­ is a light­weight al­ter­na­tive to Adobe Reader and many peo­ple pre­fer it. It’s more than just a PDF reader though, and it has a wide range of pow­er­ful tools. You can’t edit the con­tents, but text can be struck through with a line and re­placed by a pop-up note. You can also in­sert sticky notes, at­tach files to pages, click any­where and add text, add text boxes and call­outs, draw with a pen­cil, add rec­tan­gles, lines, ar­rows, poly­gons and clouds, and add stamps like Ap­proved, Re­jected, Draft, and so on. It’s great if you have to com­ment and an­no­tate PDFs. PDF-XChange Viewer (tracker-soft­ of­fers an al­most iden­ti­cal set of fea­tures to Foxit Reader and it is use­ful for an­no­tat­ing PDFs in a sim­i­lar man­ner. PDFCool Free Stu­dio is buggy and can quit with an er­ror mes­sage, but when it works, it has some use­ful fea­tures. For ex­am­ple, it can ex­tract the text and im­ages from a PDF and this would en­able you to edit them else­where, such as in a Word doc­u­ment. Text can be typed onto the page and there are some ba­sic draw­ing func­tions like lines, cir­cles and rec­tan­gles. It’s not as good as Foxit Reader, though.

Li­breOf­fice (li­breof­, pic­tured, the free Of­fice al­ter­na­tive, is worth con­sid­er­ing if you want to edit the text in a PDF file. It loads PDFs and it can cope with very large doc­u­ments with hun­dreds of pages. The only snag is that each line of text is a text box, which makes it awk­ward to edit text large amounts of text.



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