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    Default Free openSUSE pdf-editor ?

    Hello,

    I'm looking for a openSUSE pdf-editor, something like the Phantom Suite in Windows.
    Although I did my research on the internet, I do not seem to find one.

    As a matter of fact, PDFedit does not do the job it promises to do, namely to edit pdf-files.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Thank you for your quick answer.

    I already used PDFeditor but this is absolutely not user-friendly, nor does it do what I want.
    I tried Scribus as well, but this is not handy neither.
    I tried GIMP as well, same answer as for Scribus.

    So I must conclude there is no Linux freeware program ??

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    Default Re: Απ: Free openSUSE pdf-editor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by wba View Post
    So I must conclude there is no Linux freeware program ??
    Why would you conclude that after 1 reply post ? Don't you think that would be premature if that is the only basis for your conclusion ?

    In my view, there are not many freeware pdf handling programs for EITHER linux or for MS-Windows.

    Most MS-Windows pdf edits that are any good require money. The same (in terms of not much in terms of free programs) is true for Linux.

    But there are more programs than just those mentioned already in this thread (and hence your conclusion appears to be based on far too limited information).

    For example:

    Why don't you try those and also try to give us an assessment with a bit more 'meat' in an assessment than what you provided above in your dismissal of PDFeditor, Scribus, and GIMP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    Why would you conclude that after 1 reply post ? Don't you think that would be premature if that is the only basis for your conclusion ?

    In my view, there are not many freeware pdf handling programs for EITHER linux or for MS-Windows.

    Most MS-Windows pdf edits that are any good require money. The same (in terms of not much in terms of free programs) is true for Linux.

    But there are more programs than just those mentioned already in this thread (and hence your conclusion appears to be based on far too limited information).

    For example:

    Why don't you try those and also try to give us an assessment with a bit more 'meat' in an assessment than what you provided above in your dismissal of PDFeditor, Scribus, and GIMP?
    Thank you very much for your fast answer.
    As a matter of fact I have already used/tried to use PDFedit which does absolutely NOT what I was accustomed to do with Phantom Editor (Windows breed).

    The other two programs, I do not know but I surely will try them and then send back an evaluation.

    What do I want ? To be able to fill out a PDF-document with a PDF-editor, correct it as many times as I want.

    Cordially,

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    Since you alreday bought the phantom suite why don't you try to run it on
    linux with wine?
    Or ask their support if they plan a linux versions (at least if I were you I
    would ask if I spend money for the software).

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    Default Re: Απ: Free openSUSE pdf-editor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by wba View Post
    ...I have already used/tried to use PDFedit which does absolutely NOT what I was accustomed to do with Phantom Editor (Windows breed).
    Hmmm ... Is not Phantom Editor for MS-Windows a commercial program ?

    My wife is a big winXP fan, and there being no freeware good PDF programs for MS-Windows is a big complaint of hers. She noted to me she would be tempted to use Linux if Linux had a really good open source free software PDF editor, but to the best of my knowledge there is no one free program in Linux that does what she wants. Instead there are a few different programs that one needs to use in conjunction ... they are not quite as user friendly (as the commercial MS-Windows programs) and the free open source Linux PDF edit programs are also not as stable as the commercial Windows programs.

    In the case of PDF editors, IMHO one gets what they pay for.

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    I have used them all, including PDFedit, getting the Foxit Pro tools working on Linux under Wine, using Acrobat Pro in a Windows VMware Player installation (one of my current solutions). I also recommend you have a look at PDF Studio (PDF Editor Tool - PDF Studio - Edit PDF on Windows, Mac and Linux) - it's not free, but it's pretty good and has a free demo you can try.

    But the coolest new thing is PDF Escape - a pretty full featured online PDF editor. It's fast, and very user friendly. Give it a try at PDFescape - Free PDF Editor & Free PDF Form Filler - Your Free Online PDF Reader, Editor, Form Filler, Form Designer, Solution. It's free, and for only $10 you can get an "ad-free lifetime membership". Get your free registration or $10 membership fast - it's in Beta right now, and I'm wondering if they will start charging montly or per-use fees when they get out of the beta stage.

    PDF Cabaret Stage (CABAReT Solutions AG | your solution partner for pdf-forms, digital signing & pdf/a) is a pretty remarkable free linux PDF editor, but it can be very tricky to get it installed. It's supposedly nearly a complete replacement for Adobe Acrobat Pro, in terms of the number of editing features. They have a free "home" version, and a paid professional version with more features.

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    Update - I decided to try Cabaret Stage again - they released a new version on February 9th, 2011. I downloaded the 32-bit version and unpacked it. From the Cabaret website, I saw that I needed a Sun version of java installed, so I installed with YaST. I could not get the program to start from the command line, but after a bit of exploration I found that the shell program, cabaretstage.sh, was pointing to .jar files in the "./lib" directory. However, this would not work, as cabaretstage.sh was placed by the archiver in the "./bin" directory,and "./lib" was off the main directory, not off the ./bin directory. I solved this and got the program running by simply copying the "cabaretstage.sh" and "cabaretstage" files from the /home/andy/cabaretstage-5.1.0/bin directory to the /home/andy/cabaretstage-5.1.0 main directory.

    Once this was up and running, it had about half the functions I need in a PDF editor. It was able to delete and add pages, and do some basic markup and highlighting. However, I could not find any function to delete text from a PDF or any "Typewriter" function to add new text to a PDF. Overall, a nice addition to the Linux PDF editing arsenal, with an excellent interface.

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    Hmmm ... Is not Phantom Editor for MS-Windows a commercial program ?
    Actually, you can try the Phantom Suite (Windows) for free, but after a month your trial registration comes to an end. So, either you download again, or, indeed, you buy it.

    W

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