Adobe PDF file editing – freeware

You may be familiar with this scenario. You download a document from the internet – an application form or some other document that you need to fill out.

Why… why… why do people save these forms as PDF files? Even worse not even in the PDF form format where certain fields are editable but as a pure .pdf.

This means that unless you own a PDF editor, you have to download the form, print it out, and then either edit it with a typewriter or handwrite onto the printed form. Perhaps you can scan it in and convert it into a text document that you can then edit, but that is also an annoying step.

I went on a search for freeware that would allow me to edit PDF files. Windows wins out in this regard, I was able to find PDF-XChange Viewer. It is freeware from Tracker software products. It allows you to enter text into a PDF (admittedly clunky – you basically have to draw textboxes where you want to put text). It works for basic purposes.

Sadly, for Leopard on the Mac, I was unable to find any freeware tool that would allow me to edit a PDF file. I thought Skim would do it, but it doesn’t.

Score one for Windows.

And to go on a mild rant – while I love my Mac, it does frustrate me to hear about how they’re more stable and that things are just “more intuitive.” Ultimately I think people are simply more forgiving when it comes to a Mac.

Here’s an example of user-UN-friendliness. To re-index Spotlight:
“Open the Spotlight system preference, click the Privacy tab, click the plus button, and add the volume you want to reindex. Wait five minutes, select the volume in the privacy area, and click the minus button to remove it. Spotlight will index the volume again from the ground up.
Note: Before reindexing the drive, repair permissions. Also, if the drive has just recently been indexed, give it another day or so before reindexing. It’s possible that Spotlight hasn’t completely finished indexing the drive even though you’re allowed to use it.”


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by juz2bsure on February 26, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    thanks for the tip. I found this program quite useful =)




  3. Posted by karl on April 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    you can add comments to pdfs using apples built in “preview”. no need fpr additional software.


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