Does anyone know of a simple, free PDF editor for Windows?

When I search, I find a lot of deceptive sites that say it's free but then there are 10 ads that look like download buttons and a virus inside.

I don't need fancy features, just editing text pretty much. Maybe inserting images as well. I'm sure someone has written a free (maybe even open source) PDF editor. It's just impossible to find it.

Can anyone recommend good software for this?

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For interactive pdf editing I would suggest installing LibreOffice which can edit most pdf files and write pdf files.

Note that pdf files from some sources, such as most scanners and some software, do not contain any text and instead contain either images of each page, the vectors to draw the text, or more than one of these - such files are never going to be simple to edit because you will have to edit them as images - however if a file looks unlike the expected page in LibreOffice Writer (the word processor) try LibreOffice Draw (the drawing package) which will open the document as a drawing.

If you are looking to simplify the producing of pdf files then I would suggest using the python rst2pdf tool where you write your document in reStructuredText and then pop it through the tool to produce your pdf.

Both the above are:

  1. Free, Gratis & Open Source
  2. Multi-platform running on at least all current versions of Windows, OS/X & Linux.
  • I meant, even if you try to open it with LO Draw it might still bring up Writer.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 30, 2015 at 9:30

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