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Monday, August 10, 2009

Ways to Edit the Read-only PDF files

Gerry Jingrong

As we all know that PDF is the best format for viewing and sharing documents, it is widely used by computer users. However, due to PDFs special feature - un-editable, what will you do if you need to edit or revise a PDF file? The following 4 ways can help you edit PDF files:

Edit PDF through Gmail

Recently Gmail added a solution may solve this problem. If you received an Email with PDF file attached, you'll now get a "View' link along with the previously existing "Download" link, click it, the PDF Document will be turned into to HTML. Open the HTML file in Microsoft Word and choose Save as .doc. At this stage, you can edit your read-only PDF file in Word Pros: Free
Cons: Complicated, only compliant for one single PDF file conversion

Convert PDF online

Now there are hundreds of websites that provide online PDF to Word conversion service for free. You need to upload the PDF file and enter your email address. Then the converted word file would be sent to your mailbox after several minutes. You can edit the word document after conversion. You could try Zamzar from or the free PDF converter online atwww.freepdfconvert.comPros: Free
Cons: Slow, not compliant for the conversion of confidential PDF files

1 comment:

Scott said...

I completely agree with you. PDF files are great but difficult to edit. I have been using this:
I convert the files to Word, edit them and then convert them back to PDF.



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