Freeware that enables editing of PDF files
Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
Free PDF Editor is a Windows application for performing small edits to Adobe PDF files, such as annotations, spelling corrections and redactions.
When you first download Free PDF Editor, you can launch the installation wizard by double-clicking the downloaded file. The wizard guides you through the process of configuring your system for the software and creating application directories. To launch Free PDF Editor, click "Finish" at the end of the installation.
Free PDF Editor does a good job of editing PDF files. However, the program is only capable of performing small edits due to the nature of PDF Files. That is, PDF Files are intended to remain unedited and, thus, were designed with a rigid structure. The user may find the application interface to be overwhelming because of the large number of functions scattered throughout the user interface. The program's intention seems to be to offer an alternative to Microsoft Word with regard to editing PDF files, but the user interface doesn't quite compare to Microsoft's intuitive user experience.
To edit a PDF file, simply press "Ctrl-O" to open a file and begin using the standard editing features accessible from the menu bar. You can add text by selecting the "Text" tool or create tables by clicking the "Insert" menu and selecting an option. To save your edited file, press "Ctrl-S."
If you make a lot of changes on the original PDF file, your results may end up looking strange and difficult to read. You may notice that the original formatting of your PDF is completely out of alignment. Furthermore, if there were any tables or columns in the original document, they will no longer be formatted correctly. The best approach with Free PDF Editor is to make very small adjustments to simple PDF documents. Don't expect to get professional results unless you have the original Adobe InDesign application and project files.
For small edits to simple PDF files, Free PDF Editor does its job as well as similar applications. You can also convert PDF documents to other formats. These formats include Word files and spreadsheets. If you want to add a signature or watermark to the document, you can use the embedded interface buttons to carry out these tasks. Additionally, you can remove watermarks from some documents if they aren't very complicated to begin with. As with other edits to complicated PDF files, watermark removal can throw your file out of alignment and cause it to look disorganized.
Converting simple documents to Word files can save the time it would take to copy the text to a new file. Similarly, converting PDF files to spreadsheets can save time if the original file isn't too complicated. Otherwise, it could take even longer than manually copying the information. For simple files that are easy to convert, the user can utilize the spreadsheet version to perform statistics and arithmetic on any figures included in the original text.
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