How To Edit Text In PDF Files With Linux

Learning how to edit text in PDF files. Most people I have found, are still under the impression that you need to use Windows to make this happen. Hogwash, it can be done on a multitude of levels using the Linux platform.

Which app is best for simple PDF editing?

Without question, the easiest to use has to be the application known as PDFedit. Designed to make editing objects such as images and text, possible, this allows for the kind of PDF changes I think most people are looking for.

Other killer features include:

- Document rotation

- Text extraction

- Object highlighting

- Add or remove pages, plus much more

Downsides to using PDFEditing

How To Edit Text In PDF Files
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It’s a QT based app. Due to the dynamic nature of the Linux platform, both GTK and QT libraries are easily installed on both popular desktop environments. But if you’re using a GNOME based desktop in something like Ubuntu, you may find yourself installing a ton of QT based libraries along with PDFEdit. Thankfully those folks using Debian based distros have this happen automatically with their PDFEdit installs.

Outside of how it was developed, which isn’t so much a bad thing as a consideration for installation, this app rocks! For easy editing of PDFs, I think that out of all of the options available, this is the best getting it done kind of application out there. It’s simply not going to get any easier or more thorough than this.

Alternatives to PDFEdit?

As luck would have it, there are indeed a number of alternatives out there. Most of them are command line based, which makes them less desirable to most people in my honest opinion. However some of the actions provided by these apps do make them worth looking at.

PDFTK is one command line app example. Providing all of the functionality found in the above PDFEdit app, with the control some users prefer in the CLI (command line interface).

Back in the world of the GUI, there are also add-ons to consider. For OpenOffice, users might want to look into the PDF Import Extension. On the GIMP front, consider using import from PDF function that is already provided from GIMP itself.

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