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

Disclosure: I'm a founder of DeftPDF.

I understand your frustration in trying to find a reliable, free PDF editor for Windows. Luckily, I have a recommendation that I think you'll find helpful. Have you tried Deftpdf? It's an online PDF editor that offers a wide range of features and tools for editing PDF files, and the best part is that it's completely free and without any ads.

With Deftpdf, you can easily edit existing text in your PDF documents and insert images as well. In fact, Deftpdf offers over 40 different tools for working with PDFs, including features for merging, splitting, and converting files.

One of the great things about Deftpdf is that you don't have to download any software or worry about viruses, since it's an online tool.

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    You could improve it by describing its features in a list. Feb 21, 2023 at 11:44
  • Sorry but this tool gives me a different file after every save. First, vertical text becomes horizontal, so I remove it. Then some accented letters disappear, and then I add letters without accents instead, the filling of pictures changes to black. May 1, 2023 at 16:42
  • can you please submit the bug with the link below and upload the file you trying to process ? forms.clickup.com/2232085/f/243rn-16505/4NFKC6XP8C352JDFUJ
    – James lin
    May 6, 2023 at 11:03

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