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I was wondering if there is a pdf reader-writer-publisher-editor that can add text, highlight, shapes and general edit an existing pdf document.

Something like Nitro in windows.

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You can use Inkscape to edit the PDF file. –  Uri Herrera Dec 13 '12 at 7:02
You can take a look at these links ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=742934 and cyberciti.biz/tips/open-source-linux-pdf-writer.html –  Hashken Dec 13 '12 at 7:36

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There are several FOSS options out there, none of which come close to the functionality of editors such as Foxit PDF Reader under Windows or commercial solutions under Linux. That's why I prefer to run Foxit via PlayOnLinux.

As far as native applications are concerned, Master PDF Editor is probably the most advanced free (as in beer) PDF editing suite available in Ubuntu right now. It's available from the Ubuntu Software Center but requires you to register an account with Ubuntu before installing.

A few months ago I stumbled on Quoppa PDF Studio, a commercial PDF editing solution that runs natively on Linux via Java. It comes with a very impressive featureset and is very close to Adobe Acrobat in terms of PDF editing functions. However, I have found PDF Studio to be a bit less stable than Adobe's solution when editing very large PDF files (≥ 500 pages).

Other than that I would say that PDF Studio is a very good, albeit expensive, piece of software and probably the best PDF editing suite out there on Linux right now.

You can download a free trial version here. It doesn't come with a time restriction. Instead, edited PDFs are automatically watermarked by the software to indicate that you're using the trial edition.

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Thank you very much for your answer! I'll try to check Master PDF! Thank's! –  Thanos Dec 18 '12 at 21:00

LibreOffice 4.0 opens PDF files in LibreOffice Draw where you can make all kinds of edits. I just used it to enlarge 80 images and move them around; it worked great!

If you are using Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, or 13.04 then you probably have version 3.5, which does not have this feature. As I did, you can now force Ubuntu to upgrade to version 4.0 by typing the following in a terminal (press enter after each line).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you don't have LibreOffice installed for whatever reason, then instead of the last line, type this.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice

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~$ libreoffice --version LibreOffice I printed this page to a pdf file, did not work very well in libreoffice :( –  GM-Script-Writer-62850 Apr 29 '13 at 18:01
Agreed that libreoffice draw can open and edit PDF files, but it fails miserably with even basic research papers that have two column layout, and a couple of images. I tried it with many different documents, but not a single one of them opened correctly in draw. Elements were mixed up, or mislocated. Not recommended for professional and production use. –  bkd.online Apr 29 '13 at 18:06
I see now that opening PDF files with mostly text and columns there are problems. I had the most success when trying to rearrange images. It is a free option that will likely improve. It is not a professional solution, agreed. –  HarlemSquirrel May 1 '13 at 18:04

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