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Edit and fill up any pdf online

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Everytime I encountered a pdf document which needs to be filled up by hand, I used to think why can’t there be an easier alternative. Why can’t I just type my info online into this document and then print it out rather than printing it first then filling it up by hand. Some smart developers thankfully take care of this and let you fill up info in a pdf form, but there are more static pdfs to be found than pdf forms. Buying a PDF editor software, just to fill up a few forms or edit a few documents is not worth the price and is not economical for the average home user. I also installed a few PDF editing softwares which I found online, but I found that these taxed the cpu longer than I wanted it to.

I recently found a new website, PDFescape,  which lets you edit or fill any pdf document/form online, without installing any additional software. I was searching for such a solution for a long time, but this was by far the easiest way that I found. All you need on your computer is a JavaScript enabled browser (Internet Explorer 6+ | Firefox 2+ | Safari 2+ | Chrome | Opera 9.5+) and an active internet connection.

You can edit a pdf document on your local drive, or point it to a url found on the internet, or reopen a previously edited pdf. The last option is useful if you have registered and created a free account. Registration is, of course, totally optional.

There are 2 tabs on the top left, Insert and Pages. Many options are available to Insert in a pdf page. You can insert Text, Sticky Notes, Arrow, Link, Form Field, Line, Rectangle, Circle and a Checkmark. In the Pages tab, you can Move, Delete or Rotate a page. For a multi page pdf document, the thumbnail is shown in the left margin and the current page is highlighted in red.

To insert text in a pdf, select Text from the Insert tab options and click wherever you want to insert the text. You can choose form for fonts and various font sizes. To insert a Checkmark or other “images”, select it from the left margin and click in the document where you want to place it. You can resize this image by holding and dragging on any of it’s corners (cursor turns into cornered placeholder) and move it by dragging on the center (cursor becomes a hand).

Options to save your progress after editing, save and download, or print your document are available on the left hand side.

The only downside I saw with this website is that once you have inserted a field and have started to edit another field, there is no way to undo you previous inserts (atleast I didn’t find any way to do so). This means that if you accidentally insert a field (or double click) and haven’t saved your previous changes, you have to start from the beginning.

But at the end of the day, the utility of this online approach far outweighs the negative aspect of this website.

I hope you guys find his site as useful as I do.


– Neel

Written by Neelesh Mohile

August 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Posted in Free, Online

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4 Responses

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  1. Hi. This service here allows you to easily edit, upload or download and how to fill PDF forms.

    You can fill out PDF form, save it, fax it, and email it.

    Ray Vasri

    September 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

  2. This is just an awesome tool!! Now I don’t need to print the form, fill by hand and scan it again! Thanks for the tip!

    Barbara E. Vargas

    June 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

  3. The only downside I saw with this website is that once you have inserted a field and have started to edit another field, there is no way to undo you previous inserts (atleast I didn’t find any way to do so).
    I think I got past this: “Click here to disable” to get out of present function. Then you may click on any of your inputs. Once selected, you may move, resize or delete the item.
    Thanks for sending me to this site. Worked well for me.

    Denis Andrew

    March 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

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