[clug] Editing PDF Documents [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Roppola, Antti - BRS Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au
Fri Oct 17 04:26:40 GMT 2008

From personal experience, the ability to edit a PDF document really depends on
how the PDF document is structured.

Just the other day, I thought I'd be lazy and use Illustrator to modify some page
numbers in a manuscript someone generated using Latex. Unfortunately because the
fonts were not native PDF fonts, this proved too difficult to bother with.

In the worst case, the words are just outlines or (only marginally better) are words but
you need to manually do all the word wrapping across lines yourself.

I have also used Latex to import single page PDFs into a .tex document and crunch
that down into a new PDF document. That worked surprisingly well. :o)


-----Original Message-----
From: linux-bounces+antti.roppola=brs.gov.au at lists.samba.org [mailto:linux-bounces+antti.roppola=brs.gov.au at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of Alex Satrapa
Sent: Wednesday, 15 October 2008 9:37 AM
To: CLUG List
Subject: Re: [clug] Editing PDF Documents

On 14/10/2008, at 00:11 , Keith Goggin wrote:

> Every once in a while I need to edit the text of a PDF document and 
> save the updated document also as a PDF.

Is there any chance you can get access to the original document, in whatever format it was authored? Was the PDF originally generated from a Quark Xpress, Microsoft Word, LaTeΧ or similar document?

Just trying to suggest an easier way >.<


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