Looking For PDF Utility That Can Superimpose Text / Arrow At An Angle

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Hello Experts -

I am looking for a Non-Adobe piece of software that will allow me to display text / arrow at an angle.

The goal is to take an existing sketch of some land that is in a PDF format, and add an idiot-level measurement like this, but - say - at a 20% angle:

<-------------------- 25.6 Feet ----------------------->

I already have utilities that will allow me to overdraw arrows at an angle, but they won't allow me add text at the same time.

I realize that Adobe Acrobat can do this, but I'd rather not spend $500 or $19.95 a month for an "occasionally used" functionality. Can you recommend anything?  I'm willing to pay for a reasonably priced add-on.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
PDF-XChange Editor can do it:
http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

It is reasonably priced at $43.50 (that's a one-time/perpetual license fee, including one year of maintenance):
http://www.tracker-software.com/buy-now

You may download the user manual here:
http://www.tracker-software.com/PDF-Editor_manual.pdf

Go to page 285 (292 in the file) and look at the Edit Content Tool section. This tool allows you to rotate an object (including text) by clicking and dragging the green handle above the object.

Beyond that one feature, it is an excellent product. Also, it offers a free trial, so you can see if you like it before buying. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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Hi Joe -

Thanks for getting back to me. Believe it or not, I already own PDF-XChange Editor. Use it all the time.

Just never figured that this utility could do what's been described. This must be an on-going problem with lots of software.

Either that or I am no longer competent. Call the men in the white coats.

Let me explore your recommendation, and I will get back to you. Probably tonight.

Gordon
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Hi Gordon,
You may have the Free version of it, which has some restrictions on the content that can be edited, as shown in this dialog when you click the Edit Content button:

PDF-XChange Editor - Edit Content
The Pro version can rotate non-text content, but as long as your text/arrow is done with all text, then even the Free version can do it:

PDF-XChange Editor rotated text
It has a very nice user interface for rotating — as you drag the green dot, it gives you a constant readout of the angle. As you can see, I did the screen grab when it was as at 19.2 degrees (and I did that with the Free version). Looking forward to hearing your results tonight. Regards, Joe

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Many thanks, Joe. You are a big, big help.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
You're very welcome, Gordon. Happy to help. And thanks to you for the kind words — nice to hear!

Speaking of rotation with PDF-XChange Editor, I submitted a new video Micro Tutorial today that shows how to rotate pages in a PDF:
How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software

It's a different kind of rotation from what we were talking about in this thread — whole pages, not objects — but I thought it might interest you. If you get a spare five minutes, please give it a view and let me know what you think of it. Thanks much, Joe

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