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Is there a free desktop PDF editor?

PDFSam Basic seems to meet your requirements Free and open-source Can rotate, cut, merge, save It is available for Windows and Mac OS X. PDFSam also have an enhanced paid version with more features....
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Free software for creating fillable PDFs

Open Office lets you embed form elements, and then export the doc as a fillable PDF using FDF to submit.
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Marking comments and annotations on top of a PDF

So far I have been using Xournal for this purpose and I am quite happy with it. It essentially allows you to draw on top of the PDF using text and primitive drawing routines. Regarding your criteria: ...
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Crop and merge PDF files

PDFsam is a free app to merge pages of PDF files. I've used it and it works great and is very fast. It is available from Sourceforge and comes as a ready to run app.
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Is there a free desktop PDF editor?

You definitely must try out PDFill Free PDF Tools functions to merge, split, reorder, delete, encrypt, decrypt, rotate, crop and reformat PDF pages, to add information, header, footer and watermark, ...
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Need a software for PDF to DOC converter

Adobe Acrobat Professional has a trial version that lasts 7 days. https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/free-trial-download.html: The trial period begins on the day you sign up and continues for 7 ...
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Is there a free desktop PDF editor?

Yes, at least three come to mind (partly copied from my own answer at https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/a/31158/22778): pdftk That is the tool I use for larger PDFs and bulk operation. It's ...
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Write an article/web-document with mathematical formulas; Android/Windows

The trick that you can use is to edit your text on your phone in "plain text" using one of the mark up languages that includes support for mathematical mark-up examples include ReStructuredText and ...
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Batch PDF editor

You can use changepagestring.pl (based on CAM-PDF): Open source Gratis Cross-platform Search a string or a regular expression, and replace in all PDF pages
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PDF editor for Linux

Master PDF Editor is a very capable PDF editor. It can do what you ask and much more. The Linux version is free for non commercial use. Master PDF Editor provides you advanced functions for working ...
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Android feature rich PDF viewer/editor for free

I did my homeworks and dig out an answer for myself. I write it down hoping someone else might find it useful. Yet any suggestions will be very welcome and appreciated. After tried more of the ...
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Remove margins from PDFs

K2pdfopt has the option to "remove margins" I just gave it a test works as expected
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Marking comments and annotations on top of a PDF

Okular supported annotations for some time, but since recently, you can also save the annotated PDF using the native PDF annotation format. You can mark specific text passages and add a comment to ...
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Marking comments and annotations on top of a PDF

I would suggest taking a look at Elsevier's Mendeley research paper sharing and management software, and its desktop client specifically. Note that it is a lot more than just a PDF annotation tool it ...
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PDF editor that can arrange pages visually (on a page-thumbnail grid...)

NAPS2 is a free, open source Windows application (with experimental Linux support in beta), available in both installer and portable forms. I believe it does everything you want it to. While it was ...
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Free or open-source PDF editing software for Windows

You can try DeftPDF. It's a web-based PDF editor and converter online and has functions similar to the site you mentioned. It's free on most tools that involve editing and converting. So far, the only ...
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Adding internal links in a pdf document using free program in ubuntu

You can prepare a suitable bookmarks.txt or bookmarks.json file, and then use cpdf -set-bookmarks bookmarks.txt in.pdf -o out.pdf or cpdf -set-bookmarks-json bookmarks.json in.pdf -o out.pdf as ...
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Adding internal links in a pdf document using free program in ubuntu

Ended up using latex to create the table of contents... @johnwhitington's solution looks simpler, so I set this as the answer, but I was pretty happy with the pdf i created... Here is a simplification ...
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Free pdf reader with typewriter capability

Your image is from ancient times Acrobat Pro... Nowadays I think Free Acrobat Reader can do the same (although it is called comments, it is just like the typewriter.) See here in action: If you want ...
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How to fill in an Adobe document?

If the school is using a form created by them to collect information, they are aware that the limitations of this form will result in un-formatted text. If the school staff is sufficiently qualified, ...
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Want to edit some PDF for my kids worksheets

If the handwriting is in a different colour to the rest of the text you could probably use ImageMagick to replace all occurrences of that colour, (within a specific margin of colours), with white. See ...
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Linux and/or Windows application like Mac Preview

I think xodo is a good option in Windows. There are also a web app ande Mobile versiones. It's easy to annotate, edit the pdf and add signatures. Also you can delete, insert and rotate pages. There ...
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Crop and merge PDF files

PDFArranger. https://github.com/pdfarranger/pdfarranger Apart from their crazy menu (What is wrong with "File > Open"?), it is an excellent tool. It does exactly what you are looking for, ...
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Crop and merge PDF files

Have a look at https://en.pdf24.org/. Lets you easily merge PDFs. Pages can be rearranged as you wish. Better interface than PDFSam.
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Is there a PDF software capable of finding, extracting, selecting and then summarizing the annotations/comments based on a search criteria?

Zotero with pdftotext tools (installs automatically upon request) can perform full-text search, extract annotations, TOC and make reports on a huge database with thousands of PDFs.
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Looking for a free Adobe Acrobat alternative for Business

OpenOffice/LibreOffice can export any document as a PDF file. OO/LO can also create PDF forms, at least well enough to be able to programmatically fill them out using PHP and FDF.. The "signing" of ...
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Document Viewer

If you are wanting to work with with a commercial OCR SDK you could check out the LEADTOOLS OCR SDK. You can easily OCR a document in just few lines of code, see below. // Initialize the OCR engine ...
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Locally hosted web application for PDF redaction

You can redact image pdf files using LibreOffice Draw: Free, Gratis & Open Source Cross Platform If you have to have a web interface there are a number of projects looking at running LibreOffice ...
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An editor to add the content of a PDF file to another PDF

Master PDF Editor can do that. A trial is available for Windows. Price is reasonable at $50 USD. https://code-industry.net/masterpdfeditor Well, it doesn't insert a PDF image directly, but it can copy ...
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Program that can permanently crop a PDF without decreasing quality or increasing file size?

I don't want to do these because the image quality will decrease. Cropping a picture (wheter in a PDF or not) requires to encode it again. Usually pictures in a PDF use a lossy compression, so you ...
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