The free PDF editor that you did not know

LibreOffice has a free PDF editor, and you probably didn't even know it.

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Editing a PDF is very simple if we have the tools, which are usually paid, such as Adobe Acrobat PDF, one of the most popular options. There is also the possibility of converting it to DOC and editing it with any text editor (option in which the entire document is most likely to be misaligned), in addition to opening it directly with Microsoft Word (option in which we will also have to pay for a license).

However, an even more unknown option remains: use LibreOffice to edit PDF files. The free source text document editor (and free, which is the part that interests you the most) not only edits text documents, but is a very powerful tool that also dares with PDFs, unlike many people who you might think.

LibreOffice Project is a complete office suite. It is one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Word, the most popular and powerful multiplatform office suite, but it is paid and Libreoffice is free.

And by editing PDF we mean editing an already created one, creating a new one or saving any document in this format, which is read-only at first. And not only do we have one application within this package, but we have two that do it: LibreOffice Writer (the document editor, like Word) and Draw (the vector graphics editor).

With Writer:

Writer is the word processor for the free LibreOffice office suite. Writer is similar to Microsoft's Word, but it also allows you to import and modify PDF documents in a simple way and with great quality. For this, Writer uses the Import PDF extension that is installed by default, so you won't need to configure anything. Just follow these steps:

Open and edit the PDF document

Run Writer (in Windows 7, go to Start> All Programs> LibreOffice and select LibreOffice Writer).
In Writer, click the File menu> Open and select the PDF document in the window that opens.

The PDF document opens in the LibreOffice Writer interface, and can now be edited.

If the size of the letters is very small, click View> Scale and increase the scale.

Save the modified document in PDF

Click on the PDF button located below the menu bar and select the folder where it will be saved. 

With Draw:

Normally, you create a document in any format and then convert it to PDF. But once that PDF is created, it is difficult to edit it except with specific software. In the present case, LibreOffice has a tool specialized in graphics and PDF documents, among other curious functions.

It's called Draw and it is used to work with diagrams, diagrams, maps or technical plans. It can even be useful to us to edit and organize images and photographs.

Typically, applications that allow you to read or edit PDF documents include tools to write or highlight something on top of the PDF using lines or colored figures. But the full edition is different.

The peculiarity of Draw is that when you open a PDF, it converts it to its native format. This means that you can change any element of the original PDF, be it text, images or decorative elements.

Once the PDF is opened in Draw and after converting, you just have to select what you are going to edit. With the help of the left panel you can move through the previews of the pages, and with the right panel you will have at your disposal everything you need to change images and texts.

Save or export

When you finish editing, after checking that everything is as you want, you must save the document. Here you can do two things: save the document in its Draw format to edit it whenever you want or directly export it in PDF format from File> Export As> Export as PDF ...

From the menu that opens, you can choose whether you want all the pages or a selection, the quality of the PDF depending on whether you want to keep photos in their original resolution, apply a watermark, etc.

In summary, LibreOffice, and especially its Draw tool, are a practical and simple way to remove or add elements to your PDF documents without having to create them from scratch. It doesn't matter if you want to open a PDF of a few sheets or a document of dozens of pages.

The only drawback that you may find is that some images are misaligned in documents with a large amount of graphic elements. But with texts and tables, the conversion and editing does not give any problem and the final PDF will be practically identical to the original. 

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