I am looking for a PDF editor that can:

  • rotate
  • add text

ideally this would be open source, but freeware is acceptable - i would prefer to avoid anything that requires Java - as I dont want to install Java


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You can do this with PdfCpu. Rotate example:

pdfcpu rotate in.pdf 90

Stamp example:

pdfcpu stamp add -p 1 -m text March 'pos:tc, rot:0, sc:1 abs' in.pdf

pdf xchange viewer is freeware that I've been using for years, because it's the best windows pdf client I've ever found.
hidden gem that's been around forever, highly reputable, virustotal.com clear for years.

It opens very fast, free, no water mark, and can do both temporary and permanent rotations.

Here's how temp rotation works: temp rotation

Here's how perm rotation works: enter image description here

Here's some additional context so you know how easy it is to use:
I'm in the middle of doing my taxes so I used a "Brother-ADS-1200 Compact Desktop Scanner" (purchased for $90 on ebay love that thing, no drivers/software just scan straight to USB stick, scans fast and accurate.) to convert a 10 page physical document into a pdf.

The physical document was formatted where the first 2 pages were intended to be read in vertical/portrait orientation. And the last 8 pages were intended to be read in horizontal/landscape orientation. I was able to easily permanently rotate the last 8 pages, so that when I open the pdf all 10 pages naturally have the ideal reading orientation. Here's what the interface looks like when you click the button for permanent rotation: perm rotate interface


Xodo can do all this, and it is completely free (no ads, no in-app purchases)

  • There is support/uservoice page that contains documentation for each platform. feedback.xodo.com
    – Ryan
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 22:05
  • That definitely should not be happening. Can you create a new SO question, or submit ticket here: xodo.com/support.html. Please clearly indicate your browser+os, and your exact steps to reproduce. Note that there is a windows xodo native app available from the store, if you prefer something installed.
    – Ryan
    Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 19:27

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