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TitsMcGhee's avatar

Is there a way to open .pdf documents into a program in which they can be edited, as in, not Preview?

Asked by TitsMcGhee (8214 points ) December 8th, 2008

I’m working on a MacBook and I’ve downloaded an application in a .pdf form. I’d like to open it in Word or some such thing to fill in answers. Is there a way to do this/what program would I use?

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AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I Adobe Professional 8.0 and edit .pdfs in that.

bob's avatar

Adobe Reader should be able to do that. It’s a free download. Fill-in-the-blanks functionality is built into the PDF. You’re not actually editing the PDF, you’re just filling in fields, so you don’t need the full reader.

If I’m wrong, then Adobe Acrobat Pro might do the job, but I don’t imagine that your application requires you to purchase Acrobat.

sndfreQ's avatar

There is a program called desktop unPDF that reformats PDFs so they can be edited in MS Word. I bought it awhile back and not sure of the price but you can probably find it at Version Tracker or Mac Update (those are both software resellers online).

wilhel1812's avatar

May i ask why you don’t want to use preview?

You can use Adobe reader for that.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

It’s an application for a job that I need to edit and fill in information, which preview won’t let me do.

wilhel1812's avatar

That’s odd. i filled out a pdf in preview last week…
Well, it’s adobe for what preview can’t do.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

That you should be able to fill out online unless the document is not created correctly. It may not be you. Are you downloading it to your desktop, and filing it out. Or are you filling it out with the website open, and then saving it to the desktop to print? Do you want to post the link to the application and see if anyone else has problems?

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@TitsMcGhee, here’s what Adobe has to say about determining if you can fill a .pdf form. The information is about half way down the page, Determining whether a form can be filled in on screen.

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