How to edit PDFs for free

There are a very limited number of free tools for editing PDF files, and that’s for a good reason: the PDF file format is incredibly complex! Building a good PDF editor is a serious effort, and few PDF software developers are willing to give away their product at no cost.

 

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How to fill out and sign a PDF form online

When you receive a PDF form to fill out, your first instinct may be to print the file, fill it out by hand and then scan the document. This is how the vast majority of people fill out forms today. But did you know there are free online tools that allow you to fill out and sign any PDF form...

3 ways converting a JPG to PDF can protect your images

If you’re sharing an image file, such as a JPG, with someone you don’t know very well, watch out! The person who receives the file may modify it (without your knowledge) and even claim it as their own work.  

 

PDFs offer substantially better security than JPGs or other...

3 reasons “the paperless office” hasn’t become a reality

In a previous blog post, I recounted the depressing reality that global paper usage is increasing and not decreasing. This is occurring despite all the amazing technology that should have relegated paper-based forms to history many years ago. As mentioned in my article, dealing in physical paper...

The 5 ways to edit a PDF file

When people ask me for help with their PDF editing needs, I always try to clarify what they mean by "edit". For some people, editing means annotating or filling out a form, in which case most free PDF solutions can easily meet their needs. For others, they are looking to edit the text...

Pros and cons of using an online PDF editor

Everyone wants a cheaper and easy-to-use online PDF solution, which is why searches for “online pdf editor” on Google are growing rapidly. Take a look at the graph below:

online pdf editor trend

 

What’s driving the rapid growth of interest in online PDF tools? Simply put, there are many good...

How did the PDF become so popular?

The success of the PDF file format is a great example of how a product becomes a global technical standard. For anyone looking to build or invest in a new technology that hopes to become a standard, I can't think of a better lesson from history. In the early 90s, the PDF was competing against...

Why are PDFs so hard to edit?

PDF files are hard to edit because they aren’t meant to be edited! While there are many solutions that enable a user to make changes to a PDF to some degree, they all suffer from weaknesses in one way or another.

Let’s dig deeper into why this is the case.

 

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Why you should switch from paper to PDF

One of my first realizations after studying the PDF industry was the high cost of PDF software. For reputable products, the cost of desktop software ranges from $150 - $500 for a single license!

As I began to explore why businesses and individuals were prepared to pay so much money for PDF...

The Problem with PDFs

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, PDF does one thing exceedingly well: it looks exactly the same everywhere. This makes the PDF the default file format for formal documents such as legal agreements, forms, architectural drawings and corporate presentations. Other file formats (such as...


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