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How to Make Editable PDF files

Updated on August 18, 2013
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Portable Document Format

PDF stands for portable document format, which is a file format that allows for precise layout of text, images, graphics, and fonts at very high resolutions, but compressed to a relatively small file size. This high precision and resolution makes the PDF format suitable for accurate printing of documents that require exact layout and content presentation such as tax forms, contracts, business documents and the likes. The format is also independent of software application, hardware, and operating system which make it ideal for multi-platform compatibility.

Adobe Acrobat X

Since the PDF format was originally created and patented by Adobe Systems in 1993 (Wikipedia.org, 2012), it stands to reason that the best product for creating PDF documents is Adobe’s Acrobat X Standard. This program allows you to read, create and edit PDF files perfectly.

Microsoft Word 2010

I know what you’re thinking though; “I don’t want to have to pay for the ability to produce a PDF file.” Fortunately, there are cheaper ways to get the job done, but as with everything in life, you get what you pay for. Additionally, doing it the cheap way usually requires more work. If you already have Microsoft Word 2010, you could save a word document as shown in the picture on the right.

PDF Converter

Of course, while you can save a Word document as a PDF file, you can’t open a PDF file in Microsoft Word. For this task, you would require a product from WonderShare called PDF Converter. They have a standard version which would allow you to convert any PDF file into a Word document, Excel Spreadsheet, PowerPoint, or other formats. PDF Converter also converts PDF files to all the popular image formats, allows batch conversions, and even converts encrypted PDF files. The Pro version adds Optical Character Recognition (OCR) functionality. Finally, the good news; WonderShare also sports a “free” version of PDF Convert. Keep in mind though; you get what you pay for.

With Microsoft Word 2010 and PDF Converter combined, you could feasibly read, create, and edit PDF documents without any additional cost.

Works Cited:

Wikipedia.org. (2012, March 15). Portable Document Format. Retrieved March 18, 2012, from Wikipedia.org: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF_format

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    Larry Wall 

    6 years ago

    Thanks for the information, it is something I will definitely check out.

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