PDF or Portable Document Format the most used and probably the de-facto file format for document exchange. The format was created by Adobe Systems back in 1993 and Adobe Systems produces Adobe Acrobat to create and edit PDF files.

While being the most powerful tool for the purpose, Adobe Acrobat doesn’t currently run natively in Linux. One good alternative for Linux users is PDFEdit.

PDFEdit is the most complete PDFEditor for Linux. It’s QT based and the functions are accessible through theGUI based editor. The editing operations can also be scripted using the ECMAScript.

The program is installable in Ubuntu and Debian with the following command;

$ sudo apt-get install pdfedit

When launched, users can edit PDF files almost the same way as using any other desktop publishing application.