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Old 05-07-2018, 11:10 AM   #1
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Hello, I am hoping the CP tech community can assist. I tried searching the forums assuming this would have come up in the past but didnt see any thread titles that seemed applicable.

Does anyone have any reccomendations for a program (free or $) that they use that does a good job editing PDF?

I know of the Adobe flavors but am looking for something for a more reasonable price. We would edit PDF's probably a few times a month so $15/mo likely isnt worth it.

I have read about PDF Architect and that seems like it might work for us.
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #2
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I know you said not Adobe, but Illustrator really is the best at it. I'm still using CS5 so no monthly extortion fees. Not sure if you can find a used copy anywhere...

You could try Inkscape as well.
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I've heard this one recommended a few times, though I don't have much direct experience: https://www.sodapdf.com/
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:01 PM   #4
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Assuming you already have MS Office, newer versions of Word can edit PDFs natively without the need of any other software. Right-click the PDF and open it in Word, make any changes you want, then Save As PDF. It's not 100% perfect (sometimes the formatting gets messed up), but it's "good enough" for most people.
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I use Soda...it works well.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:33 PM   #6
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Bluebeam revu is by far the best pdf editing software I've used. It's expensive though.
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Bluebeam revu is by far the best pdf editing software I've used. It's expensive though.
This program is unbelievable. Every week I discover new features. You can quite literally do anything you want.
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Bluebeam revu is by far the best pdf editing software I've used. It's expensive though.
This it what I use. It is good for both drawing mark-ups and text document reviews.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:14 PM   #9
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So question about Bluebeam as everyone and their dog recommends it.

We generate drawings with our CAD software, however do special markups, annotations, symbols, etc within in the CAD software isn't really intuitive at all. A lot of the stuff is repetitive, like placing a hardware specification on a certain page, annotating a certain measurement, highlighting a feature etc...I'm wondering if Bluebeam gives me the option where I can do that faster and more efficiently. I know it can track changes to a drawing, which is nice, but I almost want to build up a library of 'drawings' that I want to be able to add into MY drawings that I generate.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jw...E--RnLp-rypnbr

That is an example of a CAD drawing we make. The drawing itself is easy to make, however all the specs and annotations are cumbersome to create within our CAD software. How can Bluebeam help me?

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Bluebeam is exactly what you want. I'm a mechanical supervisor for oilfield construction and use bluebeam for exactly what you are talking about. All of our RFIs and redlines are done with bluebeam, it's extremely easy to add any sort of notes, connotations or custom pictures.

The markups along with the document control (adding pages to pdfs, separating pages) make it pretty much an essential tool for any sort of construction IMO. Every client we have had that doesn't use bluebeam, uses it by the time the project is over.

If you have any other questions or would like specific examples let me know
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I downloaded the trial version today, and in 15 min I was sold. Pretty amazing stuff.
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You can also build symbol libraries with bluebeam. I use it as poor mans AutoCAD for Isos and PIDs to send out to contractors to help with communicating. It's also fantastic to get QC Docs redlined in bluebeam

It really is a fantastic sharing and colabartive tool.
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When I started my current position I insisted on getting Bluebeam, now everyone in the office uses it.
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I like PDF X-Change Editor
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Our company went with Nuance, however most of the PDF 'power users' still have Acrobat.
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Our company went with Nuance, however most of the PDF 'power users' still have Acrobat.
Acrobat to bluebeam is like a Prius compared to a ripsaw
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Acrobat to bluebeam is like a Prius compared to a ripsaw
I'm sure bluebeam works good for your company and that's great.

For our business a Prius is the best tool for the job.
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My problem with Adobe is their pricing model. I get that most companies go with a subscription model, but Adobe Acrobat Pro is exactly expensive compared to other stuff on the market for a SINGLE user over a multi year period.
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+1 for bluebeam revu. ESSENTIAL program for construction.

So far ahead of Acrobat for markups. It’s not close.
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Also, Bluebeam Vu is a fantastic free PDF viewer.
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