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Anyone know a GOOD pdf editor software?

I want to be able to editor pdf documents, extract pages and merge pages from two or more pdfs. PReferably freeware but will consider paid option if not too expensive.

Thanks,.
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Funny enough this is exactly what I am reading :) ~Thx will try.
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CutePDF works a treat within reason.

www.cutepdf.com

I've come across large or small organisations who use it in preference to Adobe due to the cost.
That said CutePDF seems to be limited on some scopes by comparison to Acrobat, the difference is minimal for the average user, unless you are creating advanced level PDF files which you need additional security or formatting issues, CutePDF should be a good all rounder.
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In addition to andrewmcc's comment: CutePDF is a favorite of many large organizations for large-scale deployment to many users that simply need to create simple PDFs. They often reserve the costlier Adobe licenses to IT developers and coaches that need to deploy guides for employee training.

However, OpenOffice is, to me, much better for personal or single-user professional use for several reasons, not the least of which is that it's free (and free! *chuckle*). I've also had much less trouble doing automation tasks and inter-application code with Open Office than with CutePDF and other free PDF-handling software.
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Re DeFranker's post, it is a valid statement, and speaks from experience.

CutePDF, can (am being honest) is not always the best solution as it can be a little cranky.
Personally I do prefer Adobe Acrobat - full product, though when it comes down to a cost vs practicality issue, sometimes I use both.

CutePDF is good for all round general low level users, who simply want to be able to create a PDF.
Adobe Acrobat (full product) is usually more suitable for a media or marketing type user, they can (if weighing up the actual usage) benefit from the additional options that Acrobat can offer.

When you say depends upon the price, I'd sometimes suggest it depends upon the amount of time that you have to spend on the solution, as that price in time can sometimes make other options more viable.
Catch 22, either way you look at it.
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I shall try out Cutepdf later. Thx for the suggestion.

I tried OpenOffice last week but don't seem to get it working. It opens the file as one picture (OCR?) so couldn't do anything to it.

All we want is to be able to reorder pages and may make a few changes on pdf files.

We own a few copies of Adobe Acrobat (the full product) but they are too expensive.
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from my mind all pdf editors cost money but its just abode full acrobat that cost the most

its true of all adobe software imho

but as you can tell loads of other companies are doing cheaper pdf editing

this is the one I use
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/
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