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Can I simply type stuff into something and create a PDF file? Please make it as simple as possible (and hopefully free).

Question as answered. Can I simply type stuff into something and create a PDF file? Please make it as simple as possible (and hopefully free). Basically, “no”. In theory, there might be simple documents which you could type which would be a syntactically correct Portable Document Format (PDF) file. But you asked for “simple”. The internal form of PDF documents is not simple. There are numerous cross-references, numbers giving the byte offset of a data structure within the document, which are straightforward to type but difficult to compute accurately with a text editor. Adding line breaks needed to keep editing tractable for a text editor complicates the cross-references. Some of the content is raw binary byte values. The official PDF specification, ISO 32000-2.2017, is 971 pages long. If you don’t want to pay CHF 198,- to read it, the “Technical Overview” section of the Wikipedia article PDF will give you an inkling. In this respect the Portable Document Format differs from HTML. HTML, “Hypertext Markup Language”, is marked-up plain text. Thus it can be authored by a plain-text editor. The PDF structure is a byte-oriented object store, not plain text.

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  1. Add the document you want to edit — choose any convenient way to do so.
  2. Type, replace, or delete text anywhere in your PDF.
  3. Improve your text’s clarity by annotating it: add sticky notes, comments, or text blogs; black out or highlight the text.
  4. Add fillable fields (name, date, signature, formulas, etc.) to collect information or signatures from the receiving parties quickly.
  5. Assign each field to a specific recipient and set the filling order as you Type On PDF.
  6. Prevent third parties from claiming credit for your document by adding a watermark.
  7. Password-protect your PDF with sensitive information.
  8. Notarize documents online or submit your reports.
  9. Save the completed document in any format you need.

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