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Create and merge PDFs with PDFCreator and let PDF Architect help you edit PDFs, insert And the best: PDFCreator can be used by everybody for free. Foxit Reader PDF Printer · Proprietary, Yes, Virtual printer that comes creator to create, review, edit, share or archive PDF and XPS. Explore the open source alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for reading, creating, and editing PDF files.

No, I've switched to an open source alternative. I can't be the only person who imagined the office of the future, free from the confines of the eight and a half by eleven sheet or A4, for my international friends , would have long since arrived. Instead, we've managed to land in an intermediate state of not paperless, but less paper. It could be worse. Between a trusty scanner, email and various other communication tools, and getting really good at organizing my digital archives, I'm not totally unhappy with where we are today. And I do occasionally admit to reading a paper book, sending a postcard, or gasp printing something off to give to someone else. Until the world moves a little further from paper, print-ready file formats will continue to permeate our digital landscape as well. And, love it or hate it, PDF, the " portable document format ," seems to be the go-to format for creating and sharing print-ready files, as well as archiving files that originated as print. For years, the only name in the game for working with PDF documents was Adobe Acrobat, whether in the form of their free reader edition or one of their paid editions for PDF creation and editing. But today, there are numerous open source PDF applications which have chipped away at this market dominance. And for Linux users like me, a proprietary application that only runs on Windows or Mac isn't an option anyway. Since PDF files are used in so many different situations for so many different kinds of purposes, you may need to shop around to find the open source alternative to Adobe Acrobat that meets your exact needs.

Open source PDF readers, creators, and editors

Here are some tools I enjoy. Both Firefox and Chromium , the open source version of Google's Chrome browser, come bundled with in-browser PDF readers, so an external plugin is no longer necessary for most users. Scribus , Inkscape , and GIMP all support native PDF export, too, so no matter what kind of document you need to make -- a complex layout, formatted text, vector or raster image, or some combination -- there's an open source application that meets your needs.

Editing PDFs Ah, this is where things start to get tricky. Or at least where they used to. The world has changed a bit and it turns out that recent versions of LibreOffice Draw do a fantastic job of editing PDF files, and not just adding and deleting pages as you might expect, but for editing text and images as well so long as your PDF was created directly from a source document and not from a scan.

It's not perfect, and I've had it choke up on a few more complex documents, but I'm still impressed with what a good job it does on many of the documents I've had to work with. Inkscape , too, does a good job with opening documents created elsewhere, and may be a more intuitive choice if your document is heavy on graphics.

We know these aren't the only choices in town. Do you work with a lot of PDFs? Xodo is also designed for collaboration. You could add standard annotations and text notes, then download the PDF and send it to your team as with most PDF editors. Or, you can work from the same online document together. But if you want to turn your PDF back into a document and edit everything in it, CloudConvert is one of your best options.

The Word document. It extracts the text and images, replaces fonts with standard ones that are on most computers, and preserves as much formatting as possible.

CloudConvert can even be automated with Zapier—have Zapier watch a Dropbox or Google Drive folder for new PDFs, and CloudConvert can automatically turn them into Word documents and save them back to the original folder. You can then customize the documents further in Word or another word processor—before perhaps turning the finished document back into a PDF. Foxit offers them all, with advanced mobile, web, and desktop apps for editing PDF files with one subscription—along with free apps to view and add annotations to PDFs.

It makes up for that, though, with powerful PDF tools to extract data from filled forms and add them to spreadsheet files, turn a page of your PDF into a template for new documents, and a tool to pull all your PDF comments into a new summary PDF document. Preview can also crop and resize images, and let you tweak brightness and more with its editing tools. You can add a signature with your trackpad—or sign a piece of paper and hold it up to your camera to copy your real ink signature.

Then, if the page thumbnail sidebar is open, you can drag-and-drop pages to rearrange them—or open another PDF in Preview and you can drag-and-drop pages from one PDF into another, or drag an entire new PDF into the sidebar to merge two documents. Preview can't edit the original text and images in your PDF files, or add new form fields.

On the web, DocHub offers similar annotation and signing tools, along with options to build PDF template documents. And when you need to change something, its nearly-hidden tools are waiting in the slim toolbar. Open the zoomed out view that shows all pages at once, and you can drag-and-drop pages into the order you want, rotate pages, add new pages, or extract a section of your document into a new PDF. I used Acrobat to index all the scans to create a searchable library.

Is there an open source solution for something like that? Good point.

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For me, the one only time I need to make detailed changes to vector-based PDFs are when the subject matter is a landscape or site plan or other map, so exporting just the page that needs editing if there even are multiple pages is not much of a problem -- I'm generally editing one page in much detail. But for people with other use cases I could imagine that being a frustration, and a good reason to use Draw instead. Works well and I can edit! There Linux version is a very poor cousin. You just forget Scribus, the only open source document editor that manages well CMYK document for printing.

Thanks, Scribus is actually mentioned under the "creating" section -- I don't have a need to manage precise print color but that's a good point for anyone who does. For splitting or merging of pdf-files I use pdfsam available for Linux and Windows. For converting scanned images mostly scientific papers into searchable pdf-files I use gscan2pdf. It can use either tesseract or cuneiform for doing the ocr - both with mostly very poor results. I have read that tesseract is the "best" ocr-program on Linux but is miles away from "professional" closed source solutions like FineReader 10 years back sorry to say that.

I have also tried and used tesseract from the command line with the same poor results although the scans were of high quality around dpi and without artefacts.

Tesseract has massive problems in recognising the page layout even from pages with only a single cloumn - not to speak of multicolumn pages and its capability of correctly recognising single characters is bad as well even if you have chosen the correct language for the text.

I have read somewhere, that tesseract has been far better in the past, but that the developers have broken it not sure, if that is true. Tools like OCR Feeder also offer to save a scanned text image with a text layer - but for me, this does not work the program completely fails to save a pdf-file at all, searchable or not.

I also sometimes use Master PDF for editing pdfs - mainly for inserting bookmarks for navigation within the document. I use pdflatex to create pdfs.

Xodo PDF Reader & Editor

It is a great program and can embed video and insert hyperlinks. My only frustration is that ONLY acrobat can access those links! I believe the issue is support for javascript from the pdf but I am not sure and hope someone will make a Linux alternative eventually.

Where Scribus shines is with complex layout of text and images and its ability to very precisely handle fonts and color. It can also import PDFs as vector drawings, or more precisely groups of vector graphics, which can be ungrouped and edited as vector drawings.

Currently there is also work going on to be able to handle complex text layout with non-Latin languages and fonts. In limited circumstances, I use Google Docs to convert pdf files with straightforward, simple pdf files.

I also use CloudConvert, an add-on to Google Drive. The latter works surprisingly well, even with fairly complicated documents. It is free for limited conversions, minimal cost for on-going bulk conversions. I didn't know about some of the recent progress in editing PDFs, I use pdflatex a lot, but also a number of other editing tools that support export to PDF. Do you have recommendations for command-prompt-friendly PDF tools? Good question! This isn't an area I've explored much personally but I'd be really interested to do a little exploring and find out what the available tools in this area are.

Do you have one that you like in particular? I suppose technically it's not what you mean, since it is used to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images, but it worked for me. I've found pdftk pdf toolkit very nice for splicing together pieces of several different pre-existing pdfs. It's a command line tool. I'm not a developer, i always use this free online image to pdf converter online merge from pdfcoding.

Image by: Do you still use Acrobat for working with PDFs? Choices Yes, I use Acrobat. No, I've switched to an open source alternative. Aren't we supposed to be living in a paperless world by now? It could be worse. Editing PDFs Ah, this is where things start to get tricky. Topics Alternatives.