Monday, 9 September 2013

Handy Ways to Edit PDF Files without Adobe Acrobat

Monday, 9 September 2013
The PDF (Portable document format) file format was originally created by Adobe in the early ’90s and there are now over 700+ million PDF documents on the Internet according to Google.
The main goal was to become the standard for the any kind of transmission
of large documents. Everyone, from business owners and educators to government personnel use the PDF file to transmit large documents.

There are several reasons why the PDF file format is very popular.

  • PDF files are generally more compact (smaller in size) than the source document and they preserve the original formatting.
  • Unlike Word and other popular document formats, the content of a PDF file cannot be modified easily. You can also prevent other users from printing or copying text from PDF documents.
  • You can open a PDF file on any computer or mobile device with free software like Adobe Acrobat Reader. Google Chrome can read PDFs without requiring plugins and it can create PDFs.

Many of us have encountered situations where PDF files needed to be edited, for different reasons.

  • This is a very tricky process and one may easily destroy a document in the process of editing PDF files.
  • PDF files are an accurate representation of a document. They are meant for output or on-screen viewing.
  • They are not intended to be intermediate files that can still be edited. But what if the PDF file contains grammar and spelling mistakes? Such a document simply cannot represent your business and needs to be edited. Whenever possible, try to make the changes in the Word file, and recreate the PDF from it.
PDF Files are perfect for a company that wants to send information like annual reports without having to worry about someone editing the PDF file. However, this is not too great for people who need to copy and paste a part of the PDF into a Word document or edit the PDF in any way.

Edit PDF Files using Free Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat  
You can perform edits in a PDF easily with, an online PDF editor that is free and also lets you edit password-protected PDF documents in the browser. Sometimes you need to make minor changes to a PDF file. e.g you may want to hide your personal phone number from a PDF file before uploading it online or may want to annotate a page with notes and freehand drawings.
If you would like to edit the meta-data associated* with a PDF document, check out Becy PDFMetaEdit. This is a free utility that can help you edit properties of a PDF document including the title, author name, creation data, keywords, etc.

Edit Text in a PDF File
If you want to edit large amounts of text in a PDF file but don’t have access to the source documents, your best bet is that you convert the PDF file into an editable Word document or an Excel spreadsheet depending on the contents of the PDF.
Then edit these converted PDFs in Microsoft Office (or Google Docs) and export the modified files back into PDF format using any PDF writer.

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