Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 12731
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2017/09/20 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2004/3/17 [Computer/SW/Editors, Computer/SW/Apps] UID:12731 Activity:nil
3/17    I need to edit a PDF file, what's the best program to use?  It's
        strictly text changes, no graphics/format alterations, so I'd
        prefer something not too expensive but effective.  Cad-Kas's
        PDF editor didn't work too well, and a few others can't handle
        text when it's flipped 90 degrees.
        \_ Well, Acrobat (not Reader) is obviously the best choice. Fair
           warning, though, pdf isn't really made for editing.
        \_ agree with above.  Acrobat version 6 is a blowed beast, though,
           so you are being warned.  Moreover, not all PDF files are editable
           even if you have all the tools you needed.  No, I am not talking
           about digital signature what not.  I am talking about when PDF
           files are being made, there are number of things author can do
           which make PDF file editing difficult.  First, he/she can convert
           everything into bitmap, in that case, you are out of luck.
                 \_ Acrobat OCR is pretty darn good, actually.
           Secondly, if he/she embedded certain fonts inside the document,
           and if you don't have that font, I am not sure how would that turn
           out.                         -kngharv
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