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Easy PDF editing (e.g. rotate PDF page) - any recommendations

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I'm trying to find a simple application that will allow me to do basic editing andn particular single page rotation of PDF files.
A particular thing I like to do is rotate one page while I see it within a multipage document.

Foxit reader - great - however can't trial the edit version Have to buy before trying (at least I could not find a download for anything but the reader)
Nitro - could not get it to do simple rotation of pages

PDF tools (FREE) have to know which pages you want to rotate. You can't simply open a document, rotate visually a few pages and then save the changes.

Adobe - Too much money for what I want.

Any recommendations?
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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What's your problem with Nitro? It should be able to do it. Which version do you have?
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Actually it was an old version. Maybe I'll try it again with teh latest. I was a bit frustated when I wrote this posting actually. My PC was giving me a hard time with nothing working properly.

But I do still need to find something that works well.
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In the latest version of Nitro, you need to select "Pages" in the "Show/Hide" toolbar, then you select which page you want to rotate, and right-click, select "Rotate" and select to rotate just the current page. You can also select the "Insert and Edit" ribbon and then select "Rotate" from the "Pages" toolbar.
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I've also been using Doro PDF to print PDF's but if I bouhgt Nitro Pro do you like the print to PDF feature? (assuming it has it).
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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If all you need is creating a PDF, just go with PrimoPDF (from the same company as Nitro) at http://www.primopdf.com
With PrimoPDF, you also have the extensions in your MS Office programs that allow you to create PDFs right out of Word or Excel.
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OK got rotation working. Seems OK do you know how I could block out a bit of graphics on PDF's

So lets say I wanted to censor an existing PDF and I just wanted to delete a block of information / pictures.

How can I just draw a bit white square onto the PDF?

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Just drawing a white square over an area in a PDF is a bad idea. As you may have read over the years, people get into trouble all the time for not doing a  good enough job of getting rid of information in files. The way information is stored in a PDF allows somebody with the right tools to remove that white square again, and therefore uncover the information you are trying to hide.

As far as I know, NitroPDF does not have any redaction features, you would have to use Adobe Acrobat for that. Here is a link to a tutorial (even though written for Acobat 8, it's still valid for 9 as well): http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/acrobat/articles/acr8at_redact_02.html
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So it seems my current method of using PDFfill to draw over the bits I don't want, printing and then rescanning, although long winded is the only way without getting the full Adobe?
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Yes, that's pretty much it. As always, it depends on how valuable your time is, and how often you have to do that task. Unfortunately, you need Adobe Acrobat Pro - the standard version does not provide the redact feature: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/matrix.html

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Well it seems my orignal requst just cannot be done from what you say without using Acrobat Pro. Very suprised there is not an easy way of acheiving what I was trying but it seems not. Thanks for the information.
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