I have been given a PDF form with some mistakes here and there. Also there is some misalignment in some of the form boxes. Offline, I would just use the Advanced Editing option from Adobe Acrobat Professional but I do not have this installed on all machines. This would be the case if I am traveling.

I looked at the advice from Best way to rotate a PDF but the limitations are

  • You cannot edit the text, you can whiteout and use a basic text
  • Cannot upload fonts to use to match the text already there
  • File sizes must be less than 2MB/ 50 pages

How can I step over (some of) these limitations without having to install some software?

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I use Buzzword (https://acrobat.com/) itself to update the online PDF content. The best in town, as its by the creator itself.

  • @Jwalant your signature is already "signed" with your standard user card, which links directly back to your user page.
    – phwd
    Oct 1, 2010 at 7:53
  • This looks good as long as I have not created the PDF with Buzzword yet but with the phrasing of my question I guess you went with the online PDF option. Not sure its the same, are you able to edit a PDF that you created from Adobe Reader,Microsoft Word ..etc and edit in Buzzword?
    – phwd
    Oct 1, 2010 at 7:55

Check out http://www.pdfescape.com/. That site should allow you to do whatever you want.

If that doesn't suite your needs checkout http://www.nitropdf.com/free/hammer/index.htm.

  • Thanks, PDFEscape is the app in question the limitations are about see webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/2786/… as I posted above. Nitro PDF just seems to rearrange the page ordering. Nitro PDF Professional Software seems to do edits but that defeats the purpose , I might as well download Adobe Professional
    – phwd
    Jul 10, 2010 at 15:26

The ActivePDF Toolkit contains a terrific API for modifying PDF files programmatically. It's primarily a .Net ToolKit but it's capable of doing it all behind the scenes.

  • Looks really good. Does not seem to touch any objects on the page. Closest I am seeing is page numbering and adding headers can you confirm ?
    – phwd
    Aug 9, 2010 at 21:55

i would look at a tool such as Cute PDF which allows you to edit as needed.

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    I looked at the homepage, is there a web application version? I don't see one. Aug 30, 2010 at 23:48
  • This doesn't answer the portion of the question "without having to install some software" Oct 23, 2012 at 0:47

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