Power up your PDFs with these five free tools

At a Glance

Create PDF documents from almost any application and then attach a Creative Commons license.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Enables you to add one of many Creative Commons license images to a PDF file
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • The licenses it adds are a little small
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At a Glance

This Java-based application provides a variety of PDF functions such as combine, encrypt, rotate, split, and watermark.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Completely portable Java app
  • File encryption
  • Option to make printable booklets

At a Glance

PDFill provides a variety of options for PDF files, including encrypt, merge, and split.

Price when rated: Free with watermarks ($20 without watermarks)

Pros

  • Powerful software available for free, with a watermark
  • PDF button can be placed integrate with browser or Microsoft Office apps

Cons

  • You get three programs installed to your PC, with no option to pick and choose
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At a Glance

Access a selection of useful PDF tools via the Windows Explorer right-click menu.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Accesses the Debenu PDF Tools menu when you right-click a file in Explorer
  • Wide variety of options available at the click of a mouse

Cons

  • Many of the really interesting features are only available in the paid Pro version

At a Glance

Briss is a good program to trim and crop PDF files so they fit better on your e-reader and are easier to read.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Crops PDFs and creates new PDFs of cropped area
  • Creates ebook-friendly PDF files

Cons

  • Name may make you blush
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