Edit PDF file software?

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  1. hooch macrumors member

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    All,

    My friend, who switched to a mac on my recommendation, asked if there is any software which can take a PDF file, switch it to a Word Doc to Edit, then convert it back to a PDF. I was unsure and I told him PDF files are meant to be read only and uneditable for a reason. I never thought about it and I am unaware of any software which does this unless you have the original Word Doc.

    Does anybody know if there is software available to do this (preferably free)?
     
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    It depends what's in the PDF file

    If it is text only, then it's not too much of a challenge.

    But to pull a graphic layout into Word, with embedded non-standard fonts, bookmarks, hyperlinks, etc. and expect it not to be destroyed, is reaching too far.
     
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  6. Gee macrumors 65816

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    Is there any PC software that does this even?
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Sspiro has already told you that Acrobat Pro will do what you want. Canvas X will also accept and edit PDF files.
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Adobe Illustrator can open and edit PDF files.
     
  9. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    If you have access to Quark Xpress, you can export your document as PDF
     
  10. Gee macrumors 65816

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    That wasn't the original poster's comment, it was mine.

    I am aware the Acrobat will open PDFs (and illustrator for that matter). I was interested in whether there is any free PC software that will open a PDF, as the OP's question seemed to imply the problem had arisen when his friend had swapped to a Mac.
     
  11. hooch thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, he didn't have this problem necessarily after he switched to a mac. He told me that he was able to do it once or twice at a different company. He doesn't know how (probably adobe pro or something). A situation came up recently where he would like to take an older document and update it.

    Thanks for the replies everyone.
     
  12. alexguy macrumors newbie

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    If you got PhotoShop, you can easily edit PDF with it.
    Especialy for graphic PDFs.
     
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  14. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    When you get it in Word and save it save as PDF. This is a great tool to take any PDF into word to edit even if it's PW protected.
     
  15. sandimacd macrumors regular

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    Smile on My Mac PDF

    While not free, this is a tremendously powerful program for Macs. Very reasonably priced as well. It will edit and create PDF files and interactive forms.
    Another way is to open a PDF file, copy text and paste it into a blank text document. Then edit and use print command to save the new text as a PDF file.
    None of this will work for your friend on his PC- they only work on Macs.
     

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