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PDF editor

are there any free PDF editors available (that don't contain adware).  i want to be able to scan a document in as a PDF file, and then fill it out.  i have a scanner.  i just need the editor.

if free is not an option, what affordable products are there?
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Jeroen RosinkCommented:
You might take a look at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Q_21688205.html

here are some examples shown.

regards,
Jeroen
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ts4673Commented:
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 FULL VERSION (not free) will let you edit PDF files
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Wooky JackCommented:
ABBYY FineReader
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http://www.abbyy.com/ocr_products.asp?param=1605
http://www.abbyy.com/ocr_products.asp?param=28603&from=leftcom1

Where u can save the scanned images as - Image Pdf as well as 'Text PDF'. U can edit the text and change in the u'r style of font  in the pdf also.

Trail Download is available in the site.


OmniPage Pro 12 Office  
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http://www.scansoft.com/omnipage/

Acrobat 5 or 6
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if u have Acrobat full version u can convert image pdf into text pdf by means of Paper capture plugin.
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samba2Commented:
Try this:

CutePDF Writer - the free version, works fine.
http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

good luck
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperAuthor Commented:
i have cutePDF writer.  it allows you to convert a document to PDF, but does not allow you to edit a PDF file.  there are free add-ons to cutePDF writer, but they have spyware/adware that you must agree to in order to install.  i have no idea what features are contained in the add-ons, but it doesn't matter because i refuse to install adware/spyware.

I also have Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard.  it too does not allow you to edit a scanned in PDF file (or any other PDF file for that matter).  You can do "comments and markups".

I have Adobe Pro 7.0, and it will not allow you to edit a PDF (again, it allows comments & markups).  I have Adobe Designer, and it *will* allow you to edit a PDF, as long it is not a scanned PDF.  If you create a PDF from a Word document, it does reasonably well with converting it to an editable PDF form.  The problem is that it's $350.  not really the price range i was looking for.

i will look at the other suggestions.

thanks
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperAuthor Commented:
these options are merely PDF printers...
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Q_21688205.html


again, i can scan in the image and get the PDF file.  i need to be able to edit the file.

thephalanx ... you mentioned a Paper capture plugin for Adobe.  where do i get this?  i will also look at your other suggestions
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperAuthor Commented:
thephalanx .. your other suggestions look like they will work.

it may be cheaper for me to do the Paper capture plugin that you mentioned (i'll have to review the licensing on Adobe Pro to see if i can install it on more computers).
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RDAdamsCommented:
PDF format was not designed to be editable large scale.  Small changes can be made providing you have the writer but it was never intended to be a replacement for Word or other software.
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war1Commented:
Greetings, zephyr_hex !

PDF995 will allow you to edit a PDF file.
http://www.pdf995.com

Best wishes!
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Wooky JackCommented:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=1907

Here ya go, let me know if you need anything else ;)
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thelittlemanCommented:
Although it is not free, I think that Adobe Acrobat is the best software to use for this. PDF995 is probably the next best for this purpose.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperAuthor Commented:
i will look at the suggestions as soon as i can.  the last couple of days have had my hands & brain tied up in other projects.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperAuthor Commented:
pdf995 does not seem to have edit capability.  it is more of a converter/formatter.  for example, you can't change a sentence in a PDF file with the program.  the only item that it appears pdf995 allows you to truly edit is to add things like page numbers and backgrounds.

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Wooky JackCommented:
I hope that worked out for you!  Thanks for the points!

-thephalanx
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war1Commented:
zephyr_hex,

I offered the PDF995 website so that you can look at ALL the programs there.  PDFEdit995 will do what you want.

PdfEdit995 offers a wealth of additional functionality, such as: combining documents into a single PDF; automatic link insertion; hierarchical bookmark insertion; PDF conversion to formatted HTML or DOC (text only); integration with Word toolbar with automatic table of contents and link generation; autoattach to email; stationery and stamping.
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