"John C." <r9j...@yahoo.com
> VanguardLH wrote:
>> B. R. 'BeAr' Ederson wrote:
>>> John C. wrote:
>>>> The free version adds a watermark, but only to to large PDF files with
>>>> more than 100 pages."
>>> Haven't used this program. But I surely wouldn't call 100 pages
>>> "crippled". This rather is a generous "light" version. - Especially,
>>> when taking into account, that large Pdf files can always be split
>>> and recombined.
>> It's crippled because it does the word replace, but then it stamps a
>> watermark into the modified document. You get words replaced, but your
>> document turns into spam. You have to pay $30 to eliminate the
>> watermark. A watermark on every page is hardly professional looking.
>> I've seen other so-called "free" PDF tools. Once I find they corrupt
>> the document with a watermark, their review is cancelled and discarded.
>> I'm not volunteering to become their spam affiliate.
> I agree, but BeAr has a point. 100 pages is pretty generous and that's
> what I was thinking in my OP. Also, his tactic of breaking up a truly
> large file, processing the parts and then recombining them is a possible
> Otherwise, do you know of any true freeware program which can replace
> text in a .pdf file? I've looked, but so far have been unable to find
> any such thing.
Nope, never looked into word replacement tools. If I'm not the author,
I don't need to change the doc. I can use tools that let me add
annotation or comment layers, but I don't modify someone else's
property. If I'm the author, the original doc is editable, like in Word
or LO file formats, and then I use a PDF printer to create a .pdf file.
If I don't care they can modify my content, I give the Word or LO file
format instead of encode it into a PDF. I have found payware software
that will allow me to edit PDFs, but I don't have an interest in using
them (they have flaws) nor in paying for them.
LibreOffice can open .pdf files to make them editable, but handles them
in the Draw component as image files. I doubt (but haven't tested) that
LO Draw can do word find and replace. There are plenty of online
services (e.g., simplypdf.com
) that will convert PDF to Word
that are free, but their client-side tools are payware, or their free
online tools are limited, like for file size, so they get you with a
subscription. Even Adobe has their own online PDF-to-Word converter
). You can use
the Acrobat DC and PDF SDK libraries
) to build
your own tools, but it costs money to buy a license. If it costs money
to them, it'll cost money to you. They're not your parents to pay for
your whims. That's why online services are crippled, like for file
size, to bait you into their payware services. Anyone trying to be
altruistic will run out of money, even if they ask for donations. There
are Chrome add-ons (which should also be usable in C-Edge), like PDF
Convert, but I suspect they upload the submission (perhaps to Google
Drive), convert online, and link to the output doc, or drop them into
the same Google Drive account from where you submitted the original.
I've seen articles describing how to use Google Docs to convert from PDF
to Google Docs, and then convert Google Docs to PDF, like
However, the one complaint that I've see for all these non-Adobe PDF
converters and editors is they screw up the layering in a PDF, or
otherwise foul the layout, like for positioning. PDFs are not just
Over years of seeing proposals for free PDF editing, or conversion, I am
far from impressed.