Tuesday, 27 February 2018

How to Edit a PDF.

PDFs were never really meant to be edited. The format was originally based on the PostScript printer language and optimized for high-fidelity display across a variety of devices, hence the full name: Portable Document Format. It’s since been extended for filling in forms, electronic signatures, and other features, but it still isn’t ideal for editing. Most PDFs start life in some other native format (like Word or one of the Adobe Creative Cloud formats) and are converted to PDF for distribution. So typically your best option is to get the source file and work with it. Sometimes, though, that isn’t possible — either because it isn’t available to you, or because you don’t have the right application to edit the source file. In that case, the good news is you have a variety of options for editing PDFs, depending on your needs and budget.
Adobe Acrobat: High-powered PDF editor

The most obvious tool for editing PDF files is Adobe’s own Acrobat. Like most of the rest of Adobe’s offerings, its current Acrobat PDF editors are subscription-based, either on their own (from $12.99 to $24.99 per month), or part of a Creative Cloud subscription. Adobe Acrobat DC (Document Cloud) comes in Standard or Pro versions. Both versions feature a fairly powerful PDF editor.

The DC versions of Acrobat have moved from the traditional desktop interface of the older Acrobat applications to a multi-tabbed UI that is more similar to a modern web browser. As someone who has used the more traditional version for years, the new interface has taken some getting used to, but it seems to be par for the course as software vendors try to create interfaces that are nearly identical across all platforms, instead of being tailored to a specific environment.

By David Cardinal.
Full story at Extreme Tech.

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