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mmikeinsantarosa
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favorite pdf editor?

#1 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:20 pm

I just needed to edit a pdf file and although I could do this in a paint program as an edited image...I was hoping to find something that would open a pdf and save as a pdf. I did find pdfeditor (ubuntu precise) but it uses qt3 and it doesn't look like it's been worked on in a while.

What does anybody else here use?

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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#2 Post by Jerry3904 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:08 pm

Just for fun: did you look at the Wiki article, which has been assembled over a number of years now:

http://www.mepiscommunity.org/wiki/applications/pdf
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#3 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:32 pm

Just for fun: did you look at the Wiki article,
What's that :p
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#4 Post by Richard » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:33 pm

Hi Mike,

In the article that Jerry referenced, which mentions PdfEdit and OpenOffice.org,
PdfEdit isn't in the repo and although I used OOo since before it would print,
I haven't used OpenOffice since the fork.

I have used both MasterPdfEditor and LibreOffice Draw recently, currently using LibO-5.0.1.2 direct.
The version 4 in the repo has worked well for me in the past. In LibO, open the pdf in Draw
and click on the test you want to edit. It is convenient.

If LibO gives problems, try MPE.

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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#5 Post by joany » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:49 pm

The answer depends on the kind of content contained in the pdf file.

If the pdf file consists of a text document, it can be modified using programs like Adobe Acrobat, which is a Windows program that runs very well in WINE. Unfortunately, Acrobat isn't free and you can only make minor text edits using it, like changing, removing, or inserting a word here and there. You really can't use Acrobat to rewrite an entire document.

If the pdf file consists of images, you obviously can't use text editing software, but there are a couple of options:

1) Convert the pdf into a jpg file, make the changes to the jpg file using Gimp or similar image editing software, and then convert the jpg file back into a pdf file.

To do the conversions, use the convert command as follows.

a) Converting a multi-page pdf to multiple jpg files:

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convert input.pdf image.jpg
A set of files is produced: image-0.jpg, image-1.jpg, image-2.jpg, etc.

b) Converting multiple jpg files back into a multi-page pdf using the -adjoin option:

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convert image-*.jpg -adjoin output.pdf
2) Import the image into LibreOffice Draw using the libreoffice-pdfimport program. Make the changes in Draw and export the results as a pdf file.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#6 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:19 pm

joany wrote: Import the image into LibreOffice Draw using the libreoffice-pdfimport
I just tried to install libreoffice-pdfimport and it shows up broken after selecting it on my m12 64 desktop.

edit: not any more.

the wiki calls out
Once OOo is installed, you will also have to download the OpenOffice PDF Import Extension in order to edit PDF files with OOo
lemme try that one.

edit: I now have pdfimport for OO & libreoffice.

In the mean time, I'm trying to get that old pdfedit to build..
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#7 Post by Richard » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:08 pm

The latest version 3..4.03_i386 of Master Pdf Editor is here:
https://code-industry.net/free-pdf-editor/

It's a bit newer than the one in the repo. :)
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#8 Post by Richard » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:13 pm

...it also requires Qt-4.6 or later
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#9 Post by Stevo » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:34 pm

Richard wrote:The latest version 3..4.03_i386 of Master Pdf Editor is here:
https://code-industry.net/free-pdf-editor/

It's a bit newer than the one in the repo. :)
Especially since it's proprietary and not in the repo at all!

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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#10 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:58 pm

well well, pdfedit is available in m11.
libreoffice-draw doesn't seem to know where the margins are when viewed and jumbles up much of the content.
Maybe Joany's convert & -adjoin ia the way to go on anything >= wheezy.

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