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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#11 Post by Gordon Cooper » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:36 am

Mike, just a comment. I have been trying to find a reasonable PDF editor for years. Have worked with Master PDF recently but it still
has some limitations. When things get desperate, I (sadly) go back to my remaining remnant of Windows XP where there's an old copy of
Nuance PDF converter. Used this a lot when proof reading technical manuals and it could do most edits for me.

Master PDF does have a free version for Linux tho', it's still not open source. Overall we are left with the problem that PDF is a proprietery development which is widely used, can be read by most of us, but is not so easy to edit. We use it in the pdf version of the Mx Manual but
all the editing is done in Lyx, then if the pdf version does not look right, it is back into Lyx for corrections/changes.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#12 Post by Farcry » Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:58 am

Okay, I know this is a cop-out, but a lot of the time I'm saving web pages to PDF format using Print Friendly which allows you to edit out chunks of the page.
Not a desktop PDF editor as such, but mighty useful all the same for many things.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#13 Post by tascoast » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:18 am

PDF's are good for things like media releases, ironically because they are hard to edit and also bypass font type issues etc.

My first foray to Linux (red Hat/Mandrax I think) was to avail myself of the ability of Open Office to create a PDF document.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#14 Post by mmikeinsantarosa » Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:46 am

I'd say the 1st method that I would use now is use pdfedit on m11.
2nd would be joany's

I have VMs for m11 on my desktop for limited build support so it doesn't take much to get a working m11 up and editing.

Let's just hope the m11 ISO images don't go away before someone gets pdfedit ported to qt4!
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#15 Post by Jerry3904 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:23 am

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.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#16 Post by joany » Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:31 pm

IIRC, the original purpose of pdf files was to distribute information electronically to a wide audience or a work group. Sending out a pdf file was kind of like sending out a work product as a printed hard copy, which was NOT intended to be edited further by the recipients. In fact, the main reason I would distribute a document as a pdf file instead of, say a Word document, was to PREVENT people from making their own edits and creating chaos.

So it's not surprising that pdf files are still rather difficult to edit.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#17 Post by Gordon Cooper » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:31 pm

joany wrote:IIRC, the original purpose of pdf files was to distribute information electronically to a wide audience or a work group. Sending out a pdf file was kind of like sending out a work product as a printed hard copy, which was NOT intended to be edited further by the recipients. In fact, the main reason I would distribute a document as a pdf file instead of, say a Word document, was to PREVENT people from making their own edits and creating chaos.

So it's not surprising that pdf files are still rather difficult to edit.
Agree.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#18 Post by timkb4cq » Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:28 am

Not a good option for editing the text, but the GIMP will open (technically import, but using the Open dialog) PDF files and Export PDF files. You can set the resolution you want when importing. It defaults to 100 dpi which is OK for on screen but lousy for later printing - I usually import at 300 dpi.

Importing multipage PDFs is supported either as layers or distinct images. While you can't directly export a multipage PDF, you can export the layers as a .mng (multipage png) file and use the imagemagick (or graphicsmagick) convert command to convert that to a multipage pdf.
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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#19 Post by eemaestro » Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:39 pm

Convert pdf file into a text file so you can edit it:
pdftotext plastic_recycling_codes.pdf plastic_recycling_codes.txt

I haven't yet tried going backwards, from text to pdf.

Read http://www.howtogeek.com/228531/how-to- ... -in-linux/
to figure out options, like how to extract only pages 23 through 25.

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Re: favorite pdf editor?

#20 Post by Jerry3904 » Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:12 pm

I just copy and paste it in LO
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