Over the years PDF has become an extremely important file format. If you want to create documents that can be viewed under all major operating systems, PDF is the ticket, as it maintains the overall look and feel of documents regardless of what platform they are viewed under.
There is a large range of PDF-related software available with many different applications available that can both output to and open files. Many open source software save documents to this format such as OpenOffice.org and GIMP.
This article identifies the best free Linux PDF related software that is available. It covers software that creates, views, manipulates PDFs as well as selecting some useful utilities. All of the applications featured here are released under a freely distributable license, with the exception of Adobe Reader (which is closed source), but this application is too important to ignore. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wants to manage PDF documents.
|PDFedit||Editor for manipulating PDF documents|
|Scribus||Desktop page layout software which produces commercial grade PDF output|
|Inkscape||Vector-based drawing program|
|Ghostscript||Ghostscript PostScript / PDF interpreter|
|Evince||Multi-page document viewer|
|Adobe Reader||View, print and collaborate on PDF files|
|okular||Universal document viewer with support for advanced document features|
|Final Page||Document post production tool|
|pdftk||Useful tool for manipulating PDFs|
|QPDF||Tools for and transforming and inspecting PDF files|
|Xournal||Add annotations to PDF files|