03/2012 FOSS SIG

At the March FOSS-SIG meeting we answered a PDF question by exploring this article: 4 Methods To Create & Edit PDF Files For Free

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On previous iterations of OpenOffice, the PDF import was a kludge at best. LibreOffice handles importing PDFs the same way (imports them as LibreOffice Draw documents), but the results are far better. Once imported, the PDF (using the Open dialog), you can edit text, images, and layouts by clicking and dragging (for images/layout) or double-clicking a line of text to edit. (You can edit only a single line of text at a time.) When you finish editing your PDF, don’t save— instead, export it as a PDF by clicking File | Export as PDF. LibreOffice is free and better than the trial versions of programs like Foxit PDF editor (which install unwelcome additional browser toolbars etc.)
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4. PDF Escape – A free PDF Editor & PDF Form Filler ( also view this YouTube demo )

Topic 2 — Following up from the recent Tor discussion at the LinuxSIG, we’ll look at what you might do with TVExpat, see what you’re missing on UFreeTV, plus… more techie fun.


Actual Meeting Links

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PDF Edits
4 Methods To Create & Edit PDF Files For Free
PDF is probably one of the most restrictive file types for everyone to use (primarily to read).
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This site allow you to Convert Online the PDF file to Word.
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