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Software that manipulates PDF (Portable Document Format) files: converting to/from PDF, printing, editing, assembling, splitting, etc.

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Free OCR software that makes a PDF searchable (with searchable text at the right place)

Is there any freeware OCR software (for Linux and/or Windows) that can take a PDF scanned document as input and output a Searchable PDF like Adobe Acrobat does? With searchable PDF I meant that the ...
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Software to quickly join many JPG images into one PDF without recompressing

I have many documents scanned in past with a printer that did not have a direct "to PDF" option, so I have various folders called "Document1, Document2." Within each of the folders were many jpg like ...
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.NET library to convert Microsoft Office docs to PDF

I am looking for a library (open source or paid) that can convert Microsoft Office documents (.docx, .xlsx etc.) and images to PDF. This library must be accessible from .NET. I had a look at ABCpdf ...
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PDF content extraction software

Can anyone recommend an open source library/API for extracting the texts and images from a PDF? Below are the requirements. I have used PDF Clown, C# .NET version, but having issues in creating an ...
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Extract all the highlighted text from a PDF

In short: I am looking for a program that can extract all the highlighted text from a PDF. If possible, free, works with Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate and Acrobat XI Pro, and can process several PDF ...
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Free PDF editor for Windows

I work for a non-profit organization and we have a lot of staff that need to work with PDFs. Our designers etc have the Adobe suite, but that is quite expensive, and I do not want to purchase a lot of ...
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Is there free or open source software for checking PDF/A compliance?

PDF/A is an ISO-standardized version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) specialized for the digital preservation of electronic documents. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF/A) This is great, but ...
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PDF to Word Converter

I'm looking for a software, which is able to convert a pdf document into a docx file. I know there is Adobe Acrobat Professional which does a good job concerning this. The drawback is that it costs ...
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Is there a free desktop PDF editor?

I think that Adobe Acrobat costs way too much. I don't want to pay for a reoccuring subscription for something I'd like to have for the longest time. The desktop version is way too expensive even with ...
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Maintained Ubuntu PDF reader with text highlighting

Evince sucks (in my humble opinion). I’m looking for something like Foxit, but Foxit for Linux is so old. Maintained and updated. Free. Must have an option to highlight text, I save and quit the text ...
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Software that can extract tables from PDF files

I often receive table data in PDF files. I want to be able to get that into MS Excel in a tabular format but it often comes out strangely when I copy-paste. I want to be able to get tables out of PDF ...
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Is there a free PDF to HTML conversion software?

I am working on a project in which I need to work on both HTML and PDF files. And this requires a lot of HTML to PDF and PDF to HTML conversions. The requirements are: It must be free, and ...
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Simple, free PDF editor for Windows?

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 ...
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Lightweight PDF viewer to navigate through files in a folder

I have a rather large folder containing many PDF files. Opening each and every file from Explorer seems too tedious. Requirements Lightweight PDF viewer There is no need to offer advanced options. ...
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Converting PDF with several pages to one image

I am looking for a program that can convert a PDF that has several pages into one single image where pages would be stacked vertically. If possible: lossless compression configurable resolution ...
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PDF as flip book on website

Our organization would like to take a PDF of a document we have created and host it as a flip book on our website or link to it from our website on another service. We do not plan to make any more ...
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PDF library management and viewer

I look for a PDF viewer which also offers some sort of document management. I have a lot of PDF files which I wish to tag, classify, … Then I look for a PDF viewer with at least the following ...
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HTML to PDF Batch Mode Converter (or Library) that Respects CSS @font-face?

NOTES: My request covers software or libraries, hence why I'm posting here. I also checked the similar threads here, but they asked for something subtly different. I have the following HTML page: &...
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Retroactively copy highlighted text into comments in a PDF

I am looking for a free program that can retroactively copy highlighted text into comments in a PDF, just like this non-free tool does. Adobe has an option the option "Copy selected text into ...
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How to batch highlight (permanently) keywords on PDFs for free?

Considering that: I'm doing a Systematic Literature Review; the relevant information is so much easier to find when the keywords I need are already permanently highlighted; however, manually ...
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Free PDF comparison tool

I am looking for an application to compare two PDF files. Application must: be able to highlight differences between the two documents be mac-compatible as I will be using it on a mac be free, I do ...
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Free software for selecting and combining pages from multiple PDFs into a single PDF

A few months ago I had several PDFs (lease documents, renter's insurance forms, etc.) from which I needed to combine select pages into a single document before sending to a property management company....
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Converting a ADE document (Adobe Digital Editions, acsm) to PDF

I have downloaded a book from Google Play. The book is a .acsm, which actually isn't the book itself but just a purchase ticket that allows me to download the book on Adobe's servers. I installed ...
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Free or nearly free PDF library for Java

The title1 says it (nearly) all. To be more specific, I require PDF generation with basic formatting (tables and images) usability in closed source commercial project being free (as in beer) or ...
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Spell- and grammar-checker for PDF documents

I am looking for a program that can spell-check a PDF document (without having to convert the PDF into another format like .docx, which I can do using Adobe Acrobate Pro). If possible, free, ...
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PDF reader that zooms to omit left+right (vertical) margins

When trying to read a PDF on a bigger screen phone, I like to quickly zoom to a level that maximises utilization of my screen real estate, so that I can see biggest font without having to scroll ...
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Extract Highlights and Markups from Documents (PDF preferred, Word or suggestions)

As part of my studying/learning, I have a lot of PDF documents that I'm reading. There's an "Almost Awesome" thing I've found discovered about PDFs. Using these instructions you can use Adobe ...
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Need program to help remove information from scanned documents

I have about 200 PDF scans that need to have information systematically removed. This information to remove includes a set of digits that may vary in length. The current plan is to print each ...
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Free/Libre or Open Source PDF editing software for GNU/Linux

I am using Trisquel GNU/Linux version 7.0 (belenos), based on Ubuntu LTS. Earlier I had used Master PDF Editor on Ubuntu, but it is proprietary software. And now on Trisquel GNU/Linux, I’m looking ...
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Lightweight Windows Software for Printing to PDF

I'm not looking for a browser extension. Windows already has that ability with "Print to PDF". But it only seems to work in the browser, or in say MS Office. So, when I need to print something to PDF ...
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Strip all images from a PDF

There are lots of programs to extract the images, but what I want is an imageless PDF. Not too difficult to operate, no manual intervention such as repeatedly finding images and deleting them then ...
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Automatically remove white borders from pdfs, no OCR, command line

(similar question exists, is explicitly for another platform and doesn't mention that no OCR is needed) I need a command line tool (or a PDF viewer which supports this as a display option) which can ...
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GUI software to compress and merge PDFs

Compress PDF and Merge PDF are fantastically easy to use. I would highly recommend them had it not been because I cannot guarantee who has access to the data. So is there free (as in freedom) ...
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PDF editor that can arrange pages visually (on a page-thumbnail grid...)

I'm looking for a Windows freeware that: can remove a page (example: remove page #7 from a 50-page PDF, and save the result as PDF) can move a page (example: move page #23 from a 50-page PDF to the ...
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Scientific paper reader app for windows

Recently I have been reading a lot of scientific papers and I would like a PDF reading app that can help me read the document more easily. Specifically, I would like to be able to hover a link in the ...
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A PDF to HTML converter that can handle columns, and keeps HTML trim

We have magazines being produced in PDF format, two columns on a page, a mixture of text and images, but never overlapping. Is there any PDF 2 HTML software that doesn't suck? We are looking for ...
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FLOSS software to write PDF/A-2 with JPEG2000 compression?

Is there a free software or open source solution to write a JPEG2000-compressed PDF file, specifically a PDF/A-2 aka ISO 19005-2? Producing a PDF 1.1 file with lossless compression or JPEG ...
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PDF to LaTeX converter

I am searching for a free software that converts a PDF in a LaTeX file. Actually I don't need it to convert the whole PDF, I just need to "extract" the formulas and use them to make my own LaTeX file....
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Web page to PDF converter

I am looking for a JavaScript or PHP plugin/library to convert a beautifully designed website (using CSS) to PDF file. To clarify further, I need to convert the HTML-CSS output on the webpage to PDF ...
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Reduce the file size of a PDF (except CLI)

Currently, when I need to reduce the size of a PDF file I use ghostscript in a CLI command like this (with some variances when I'm working with images): $ gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1....
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PDF reader for single user

I am looking for a lightweight PDF reader for single user which has these features: View mode: full screen, single page and continuous scrolling. Can zoom. Virtual printer Text search, bookmarks and ...
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A software to index PDF files and manage collections

I work for a company that handles hundreds of PDF files. Mostly datasheets, technical drawings and forms and records. I am responsible for producing for each project a set of "Dossiers", with content ...
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Convert Microsoft Word to PDF of minimal file size

I am aware of some Microsoft Word to PDF converters and have been using MS word itself to do this. But I am wondering if there's any conversion tool that produces the PDF files as small in file size ...
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Microsoft Word to PDF Converter

I am looking for a freeware to convert Microsoft Word (.docx or .doc) to PDF. It would be nice to use this without installation. I would like it to run on Windows and do not want any online ...
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Command line PDF image compression optimizer

It doesn't necessarily have to be CMD but I'd prefer it. It has to be free though. I have tried lots of different ones but all of them seem to optimize some bit data within the PDFs and don't even ...
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PDF to DOC or ODT converter

I need PDF to DOC converter with following features: (most important) convert text without inserting additional linebreaks and spaces (so I could make significant changes in the doc file later) keep ...
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Need a software for PDF to DOC converter

I'm looking for a software, which is able to convert a pdf document into a doc file. I know there is Adobe Acrobat Professional which does a good job concerning this. The drawback is that it costs for ...
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Render SVG to PDF/X-1a

What tools are there to convert resp. render a SVG file to a conforming PDF/X-1a file? The tool should be able to raster filter effects at configurable resolution. It should accept user-configured ...
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Is there any tool which can help me to import my .msg files into PDF format?

I have approximately 1500 .msg files in my system, but now I'm not using Outlook as my email client and want to convert all .msg files into PDF format, because PDF is very easy to use and I can access ...
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VCL component to manipulate PDF files

Since I did not get an answer to my previous question (looking for some s/w to strip all images from a PDF file), I have decided to code it myself. Can anyone recommend a VCL component to help me? ...
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