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Seeking a product that will allow PDF editing and importing from MS Office
Can you say more about what kind of editing you want to do? Adobe Reader handles some simple tasks like annotating and marking up PDFs. There are also free or cheap products for signing, splitting, combining, or deleting pages from PDFs.
RobertForum Moderator Robert L. Weiner ConsultingStrategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Organizationsrobert [AT] rlweiner [DOT] comwww.rlweiner.com
Thanks I need to change formatting and spacing, add text and also need to be able to edit documents in other formats such as microsoft once converted to PDF.
In my experience, none of those functions are possible. The purpose of a PDF is to lock down the formatting, text, etc. I've tried many programs that claim to be able to convert PDFs for editing in programs like Word (GiveawayoftheDay features them frequently.) but none have done a decent job. I often wind up copying and pasting the text into Word, but that doesn't work at all if the document security prevents copying, and is tough if it contains complex formatting like columns and is a pain with long documents. Maybe someone in the community has had better luck.
You can open up a PDF in later versions of Microsoft Word (e.g., MS Word 2016). Word will convert the document and then you can edit it. If the document was originally created in Word then the formatting will be good. If the document was created in another program, the converted result may be -- lets put it this way -- less than optimal.
In my experience, Word doesn't always do a pretty job of opening and converting PDF documents. Some of the formatting contained in these PDF files usually gets lost in the process.
Instead, what I recommend you try is a good PDF to Word conversion tool. The idea is to convert your PDF file to an editable Word document so that you can open and edit it in Word, and save it again as a PDF when done. Smallpdf is a free tool that does a pretty good job of converting files from PDF to Word. I find it to be one of the better tools out there because it retains nearly 100% of the original formatting contained in PDF files after converting them to Word.
Yann ToledanoForum Moderator, TechSoup.orgDigital Marketing ConsultantYTConsulting.com@MarketingYann
I've tried Smallpdf, as well as iSkysoft PDF Editor, and PDF to Word Doc Converter and Lumin PDF (those two connect with Google Docs) to convert a PDF that's full of graphics, tables, and formatted with lots of unusual fonts. The plain text comes out OK, but the tables, graphics, and many of the fonts are a mess. Any of them might be fine for a text document, but not a fancy one.
I know this is late to the game, but thought I'd post this in case someone else needs to do this.
If you know you are creating PDF files that you will need to later make edits to, you might consider using LibreOffice instead of MS Office. It can save to a Hybrid PDF format that includes the entire ODT format (an open format version of .docx) contained within the file. It is fully compatable with all PDF standards and will allow the PDF to either be edited directly in LibreOffie or it can be converted back without any data loss or changes (this is, of course, assuming that you do not make any changes to the PDF file in a PDF application like Adobe...if you do something like say, make the forms fillable, you may lose that in the back and forth).
I did not know that! I've been using LIbreOffice (and before that OpenOffice) for several years now. Always nice to find another great feature on it.
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If I got you clear, the very issue because of what you want to do formatting with PDF file instead of Word before importing is its inconvenience. If so, I feel you, Word is fine for a plain text or simple formatting, but when you do some publisher things and layout does matter this app is pretty messy. But it's not true that you can't do so with PDF, there're dozens of editors for them nowadays. For example, I use this one https://form-cd-401s.pdffiller.com/ fits nice for all the scaling/formatting things. But it's a web-based application, don't know if it will be convenient to you
I'm not sure how your suggestion helps. First, your link leads to a particular form (a CD-401S S-Corporation Tax Return for 2016). And I don't think the site, PDFFiller, addresses the original question about editing PDFs.
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