PDF file format has always been in demand since its creation in 90’s by Adobe. According to a search accomplished by Google, it is proven that today, there are more than 700 million PDF documents being used over the internet. There are many reasons why the PDF file format is in demand. The first and foremost reason is of course the security of the document.
This is because the PDF files are read only files and therefore they cannot be edited unless and until the user of the file is permitted to do so. PDF files are mostly used to drawings, presentations, legal documents, invoices etc. Also PDF files are compact and less heavy as compared to other files. PDF files are very much compatible with all the devices be it a computer or a mobile phone. All you need is the Acrobat Reader to view them.
Editing PDF Files
Although editing PDF files is not easily possible without the Adobe Acrobat but there are some online editing softwares and websites which will help you edit some of the elements of the PDF file.
Online PDF Editor
PDFEscape.com is a website, where you can hide some of your confidential or personal information from the file and also add notes and annotations in order to make the document more understandable to the reader. For example, if you do not want to disclose your personal phone number to a reader of your file on the internet, then you can simply hide it using this online editing tool. Even the password protected PDF files are editable using this online tool.
Editing Metadata of a PDF File
In case you are willing to change the properties of a PDF file such as the title, the keywords or the author etc then the BECY PDF Meta Edit is the best tool. This tool also allows you to remove the passwords from the password protected PDF files. The tool is used on the command prompt therefore batch editing of PDF files and also encryption of data is possible using this tool.
Text Editing of a PDF File
In order to edit the text content of a PDF file, it is necessary to convert the PDF file into a Word document or Excel Spreadsheet and then make changes in the content. After the editing is done the document can again be converted into PDF file using a PDF writer. For converting plain text PDF files into editable documents we can use Stanza and for converting PDF files consisting of images, charts, etc, we can use PDF to Word converter provided by BCL Research or NitroPDF.
Editing Pictures and Text of PDF Files
There are many tools available which help a user to make advanced changes in the PDF file. These advanced changes may include the editing of images (replacing, adding images etc), adding of signatures and removing or adding text without affecting the actual document.