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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:50 am 
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I'm looking for a simple free or cheap PDF Editor for my son to use for his collage work (apprentice light vehicle technition). Its just so he can fill in the PDF docs he gets sent on the computer, it will save him printing them out and filling them in by hand (like we used to do lol ).

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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:17 am 
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Try popping a document into Preview on the Mac and look for the Edit button up the top. Clicking that will give you a dropdown menu for all sorts of things.

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You might have to use a bit of trial and error :)

I don't use it much but Libre Office will open and let you edit .doc and .docx documents from Word. It's free so worth looking at... I used it quite a bit when we moved house and had all sorts of conveyancing forms to fill in. We then emailed them back as attachments, apart from ones that needed a 'proper' written signature.

I wish your son the very best in his efforts :tu:

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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:40 pm 
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A thought... if the PDF documents are supplied by the college, will they have already been created with input fields that can be filled in?

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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:15 pm 
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I'll need to ask him to email me one to my mac so I can see. Its not an actual collage but Arnold Clarks training centre. They have 3 training centres, 1 in Glasgow, 1 in Edinburgh and 1 in Wolverhampton. Its called GTG. They do all sorts of training for the motor and driving trade.

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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:07 am 
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Looking for something else and stumbled across this Apple page about editing PDFs in Preview. Worth a look when you know what you're dealing with :)

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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:25 pm 
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Also read this series of articles http://tidbits.com/series/1293, on the Tidbits site - Preview is quite powerful. And free.

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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:31 pm 
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There is only an issue if the document is locked by the author. I have used Preview to fill in some PDF forms. I'm sure the college would not lock them if they were intended for computer use.


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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:14 pm 
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thats why this forum is great. Preview works a treat and it also lets me tell my son it just works because its a Mac lol.

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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:58 pm 
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I've used Preview to add text, arrows, circles, lines, and boxes to PDFs, as well as highlight areas of text. I can't remember when I last used Acrobat Reader despite obeying Adobe's nags to update it.

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