Which programs can I use to edit PDF files?
I know that there is a very similar question, but I'm not interested in highlighting. What I'm looking for is some tool in Linux to edit pdf files. I've tried pdfedit which did the work for me, but if freezes after a few edits. I've tried this tool under Ubuntu 9.10 and under KDE Fedora 14 and the same thing happens. I've tried Okular but the notations are too big to fill out exercises from pdf workbooks.
Is there any tool that suits this job? I don't care whether it is open source or I have to pay a reasonable price for it.
I have just discovered that **LibreOffice Draw** does very good job editing PDF files. I have test it with some PDF files created with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.
I just checked out LibreOffice Draw, and it butchered the original PDF, and thus editing isn't even worth attempting.
I must agree with @virtualxtc LibreOffice Draw totally massacres PDF files, text being moved out of alignment. It is NOT currently fit for purpose for PDF editing.
For PDF editing I have used a PDF Annotator flpsed . You are able to save edited files in postscript format or in PDF.
Simple, but works nicely and smoothly. After you type your annotation it's easy to place it in the right place. It also respected the document layout.
I can't say I agree with Chuck. I found flpsed to be very slow and most importantly not very gracious in handling PDF files. Exported documents are saved as bitmaps and loose all vector and text information.
I don't know if they've improved since the above comments but in Ubuntu 16.10 it let me edit the form the bank required quickly and easily, saved the output perfectly as well.
- Use calibre to convert the pdf file to rtf.
- Open the rtf file in OpenOffice.
- Make changes and then create a pdf out of it.
- PDF Studio is a complete PDF editor.But you have to pay for the developers as it is a commercial software.
- Use scribus it might be useful for complex visual edits.
calibre's conversion from PDF to RTF failed to reproduce the lines delineating tabular data. This is important since many of the PDF forms that users need to edit, or "fill in", will have grid lines.
This answer has the most votes because of Xournal. That is exactly what I needed.
You should pay attention to big tables incorporated in PDF files. A PDF Import Extension sometimes make some shifts (position distorsion) in text or tables structure.
Yeah, there are two details to keep in mind with this extension. First, it changed the document layout because of position shifting. Second, when using Draw to fill out some documents it's hard to position the text in the right place.
LibreOffice has the import pdf feature incorporated
In Ubuntu 12.04: `sudo apt-get install libreoffice-pdfimport`.Worked very well for me indeed, allowing me to fill-in a pseudo-form (word-created form for humans, not a real pdf form) exactly at the right places by selecting the line of placeholder dots in the pdf. Better than a typewriter.
It is worth saying with GIMP it will open multi-page PDFs and make a layer for each page (if you select All). Then make pages after the one you wish to edit invisible and select the layer for editing. When done Export as .mng animation. Then outside gimp use imageMagick convert .mng -> .pdf.
You can use pdfshuffler to delete pages and rearrange the pages if necessary.
It is available in software center. To install pdfshuffler, you can do
sudo apt-get install pdfshuffler
PDF-Shuffler is a small application which allows one to merge or split pdf documents and rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface.
Remove, extract, and rotate pages in PDF documents
PDF Mod is a simple tool for modifying PDF documents. It can rotate, extract, remove and reorder pages via drag and drop. Multiple documents may be combined via drag and drop. You may also edit the title, subject, author and keywords of a PDF document using PDF Mod.
sudo apt-get install pdfmod
Note: this application may require quite a few dependencies related to
You can use master PDF editor Master PDF Editor is a good application for this task.
Master PDF Editor is excellent! we can select and move all elements on the page! But they broke the latest 1.9.24 version... making it fail to load all images. But the 1.9.00 version works very fine! but there is no download link anymore... so found we can download it directly from here 64bits or here 32bits.
I like the tool. Ubuntu One commerce site is confusing though: it states that this is a free download, yet after downloading it says "Thank you for your purchase." I have no idea if I was charged for it, and if I was, how much.
you can do this withPDFzorro - PDF Editor:
here you can edit pdf files online, addcomments and text, draw retangles and lines etc..
delete, add, rotate, sort pages, merge etc..
There also exista Android-App for smartphones and a Google Chrome-Webstore-App for GoogleDrive
Even Xournal (available in the Software center) is not bad at all, provides an entire suite of pdf editing (highlight, notes, add text...) with the free option of pdf export! Works really fine!