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corsair23
01-29-2010, 12:07 PM
Ok computer folks...

What software have you used / do you recommend for being able to create, edit, etc. .pdf files?

Looking for something that I can use to make changes to an existing .pdf file and then save again...

Freeware suggestions that are known to work would be great up to whatever is the best for the $$$

Thanks!!

MDH33
01-29-2010, 12:12 PM
Adobe Acrobat Pro. :thumb:

pmccumber
01-29-2010, 12:21 PM
Adobe Acrobat Pro. :thumb:

Unquestionably the best choice but not cheap. We have it on our work machines and I've used it for 10+ years. Darn near perfect software.

I've used CutePDF before and it does work pretty well. And it is free.

simps80
01-29-2010, 12:22 PM
I had to edit a pdf and re-send to a contractor the other week,
I downloaded a trial version of 'nitro pdf profession'
and it worked fine. ...

MDH33
01-29-2010, 12:34 PM
Unquestionably the best choice but not cheap.

Usually around $125. Pretty cheap compared to a lot of other software packages, and worth the $ IMO.

coax
01-29-2010, 01:14 PM
I know open office (free) will export to PDF, but not sure about editing...

Hants
01-29-2010, 01:26 PM
There's a microsoft addin for office that allows saving to PDF (Adobe won't "license" them to do it out-of-the-box).

CutePDF is fairly lightweight and the price is right.

I'm currently using PDF-Xchange (happy so far).

Acrobat is expensive if you want to do electronic signatures ($400 per seat, IIRC). Just about anything else can be accomplished using cheaper alternatives.

Most of the non-Adobe applications are smaller & faster than Acrobat. If you're doing production/press work, you probably want to stick with the Adobe software - simply for the compatibility/support aspect.

corsair23
01-29-2010, 02:23 PM
This will be used exclusively to edit existing .pdf files, probably making minor changes, and then save the file...No production etc. type work as far as I know...

corsair23
01-29-2010, 02:26 PM
Usually around $125. Pretty cheap compared to a lot of other software packages, and worth the $ IMO.

Hmmm...From what I could find online the cost was more in the $500 range unless you were buying the upgrade software. I assume that Adobe doesn't sell people the upgrade software to people that just have Acrobat which is free. If so, why would anyone pay $500 for the Adobe Pro when they could DL Acrobat for free (if they didn't already have it preloaded) and then pay $125 to upgrade to Pro?

I'll do some more searching but if you have a source for Pro (full version) for $125 let me know :thumb:

Anyone familiar with "Lightning PDF Pro"?

corsair23
01-29-2010, 04:06 PM
Ok...What am I missing?

Adobe Acrobat Pro for $19 :confused: - What's the catch?

Adobe Acrobat Pro - $19 (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=adobe+acrobat+professional&oe=utf8&ved=0CD0QrQQwAw&cid=14967560480299679910&sa=title#p)

MDH33
01-29-2010, 04:29 PM
Oops, my bad. You're right, the upgrade is in the $100 range, the individual license looks to be more like $300. I have always had it included in the Adobe bundles that I buy.

Hants
01-29-2010, 04:56 PM
Ok...What am I missing?

Adobe Acrobat Pro for $19 :confused: - What's the catch?

Adobe Acrobat Pro - $19 (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=adobe+acrobat+professional&oe=utf8&ved=0CD0QrQQwAw&cid=14967560480299679910&sa=title#p)

Chinese pirated software, almost certainly.

corsair23
01-29-2010, 05:27 PM
Chinese pirated software, almost certainly.

Me thinks there is some catch with activation...

Not sure exactly what this means "V.9 Media, Volume, government, non-activation" but something tells me it is the old bait and switch in that you order, install, and then find out you cannot use the software until you pay some activation fee :mad:

corsair23
01-29-2010, 05:33 PM
Oops, my bad. You're right, the upgrade is in the $100 range, the individual license looks to be more like $300. I have always had it included in the Adobe bundles that I buy.

It drives me NUTS that software companies (or the sellers) don't make this easy...Do a Google search for Adobe Acrobat Pro and prices are all over the board and you have to REALLY dig to figure out if the version is an upgrade version, upsell version, full version, :blah:, :blah:, :blah:

I think I'll got the free trial version route on one of the others that has been suggested for now and see what dark path that leads me down :hill: