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Any suggestions for a free PDF editor?

Or if it must be paid, one that is easy for a n00b to use to make professional quality edits.
 
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Specifically editing existing PDF files, or just creating new ones? For the latter, CutePDF works well, it installs a virtual printer that you "print" to from any application that supports printing, and the CutePDF printer will generate a PDF copy of the file which you then save where you like.

I've heard LibreOffice has a PDF editor but I haven't personally used it so can't say if it's simple and/or bug free.
 
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I would definitely be interested in anything that allows you to edit existing .pdfs.  The new version of Quark does... but that version came out just a few months after I updated... way too expensive.  I publish regional magazines, so being able to tweak ads sent to me in .pdf would be great.  There is a free service to convert color profiles for print: http://www.pdf2cmyk.com/
 
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Mostly editing.  Most of the time, I just need to remove some text.
 
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I believe that some older versions of GIMP could edit .pdfs.  
 
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Having written my fair share of programs for the PDF format, I'd try to edit the source file instead.
If that isn't possible anymore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PDF_software#Editors
(I have used Inkscape and PDFedit, and prefer the former.)
Editing PDF files is a tricky thing and the editor may keep (parts) of the data you think got deleted, so files often contain more data than is visible, which is a risk if you want to remove information.
 
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I use libre office for doc files and such and they have a feature that allows exporting a file as pdf.

I opened the pdf with adobe reader, select all, copy, then paste into the libre office writer.  then made a change and exported as pdf.

For some reason I could only open pdfs in libre office under the draw program which does not allow text editing, but pasting into the writer  seemed to keep the format in tact.

 
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I just found this online editor - it seems to work great so far!  https://www.sejda.com/pdf-editor
 
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