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Old 12-26-2021, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Is there a GOOD free PDF editor?

I have just been cruising the Internet, reading numerous reviews of "The [___] Best Free Editors," only to find that the people who write these articles don't seem to comprehend what the word "edit" means. Virtually all of the free PDF "editors" don't actually allow the user to go into the text and make edits. At best, they allow you to select a block of text and delete it, or maybe move it. That's not "editing," to me.

A couple of them suggested the The Draw module in LibreOffice (and Open Office) is a good, free PDF editor. It's not. I have LibreOffice, so I fired it up and tested it. It does allow me to get into the text and edit it. The problem is, when it opens a PDF document it sees each line as a discrete text box. If I add text in a line, there are two problems:
  • I have to manually add a line break, or it just keeps going all the way to the easterly horizon; and
  • When I add a line break, the new line is superimposed on top of whatever text was the following line. That's a deal breaker.
Multiple articles raved about Sejda, which was mentioned in a discussion here awhile ago ( http://desktoppublishingforum.com/bb...ad.php?t=10034 ). Sejda offers a portable version, that doesn't screw with the Windows Registry, so I downloaded it and fired it up. Same problem as LibreOffice Draw -- I can get into the text to make edits, but it doesn't reflow the text, so other than to correct isolated typos, it's worthless as a PDF text editor.

Does anyone know of any freeware PDF editors that actually function (acceptably) as editors?
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