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Old 07-09-2007, 05:31 AM   #1
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PDF writer


which software in linux equal to Adobe writer or is there a SOFTWARE where someone can edit PDF Doc.
 
Old 07-09-2007, 05:38 AM   #2
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OpenOffice.org can write .pdf files
 
Old 07-09-2007, 06:00 AM   #3
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OpenOffice.org can write .pdf files
Sorry for not making my question clear I have downloded a PDF Document I want to edit it I look in in OpenOffice.org but I couldn't do it can you tell how it is done.
 
Old 07-09-2007, 08:09 AM   #4
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You can't edit a PDF document.

There are various options for getting the text out of a PDF document, such as pdf2text and pdf2html.

Also, I believe KOffice can open PDF documents for editing, and does a reasonably good job. Not 100%, not bad.

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Old 07-09-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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There are various options for getting the text out of a PDF document, such as pdf2text and pdf2html.
Unless you're converting hundreds of files in one go there is absolutely no point using pdf2text.

It's far easier just to use the "Save as text" option in Adobe Reader, or copy and paste the text from a PDF reader to a text editor, than install completely new program just to convert one file.

As far as I know the only program than can edit PDF files is KOffice, but it's rather limited and likely to loose most of the formatting. In practice it's probably easier to copy and paste the contents into your word processor of choice and then recreate all the formatting you want.

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Old 07-09-2007, 03:14 PM   #6
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PDFedit - Screenshot

PDFedit is available in the Gentoo, and Debian (testing/unstable) repositories.. or you can download from sourceforge

or the combination of..

flpsed
xpdf

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Old 07-09-2007, 05:13 PM   #7
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I have installed acrobat reader in some of my distributions, but for those that did not have it in repositories I installed xpdf. After using xpdf, I prefer it over acrobat. I only installed the reader for now, if I need to edit or create .pdf files I'll install the rest when needed.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 05:50 AM   #8
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When trying to install pdfedit-0.3.1.tar.gz I used ./configure this the message I got QTDIR environment variable must be set of course I couldn't do sudo make install any Idea.
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QTDIR probably means it wants to know where your Qt libraries are (QT comes with KDE). Do you have them installed?

Remember, pdf files were not meant to be edited, but published. Office files are meant to be edited, and turned into pdf files (or something) before distributing. I find this a good scheme, because the original files are easy to edit, editable files stay at the oringinal creator and when they're distributed, people don't have to worry if they have the correct version of program X that created the document, because pdf viewers are (at least mostly) costless and easily available.

EDIT: if you didn't get what I meant, it was: edit the original, then re-create a pdf out of it. If you don't have the original, maybe you're not supposed to edit it?
 
Old 07-13-2007, 10:40 AM   #10
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I am using Ubuntu Gnome and the file I have is a form that I need to fill out.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 05:29 PM   #11
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if the PDF file is an actual Form the adobe Acrobat reader for linux suppots filling out forms.. then you can use cups-pdf to print the filled out form as a PDF if you like...

although if it's just a form created as a nomal PDF and not a PDF form then yes you would have to edit the actual PDF file itself.
 
Old 07-13-2007, 07:28 PM   #12
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I am using Ubuntu Gnome and the file I have is a form that I need to fill out.
Where did you get this form from?

If whoever wrote the form intended it to be filled in, they wouldn't demand that anyone wishing to fill it in had to use advanced PDF-editing software!
 
Old 07-17-2007, 08:50 PM   #13
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if the PDF file is an actual Form the adobe Acrobat reader for linux suppots filling out forms..
It sounds to me like this person has a form with fields that he/she needs to fill out. I too have this problem, and I can state as a fact that Adobe Reader for Linux does not handle this kind of thing. The Windows version does. I proved this today.
 
Old 07-18-2007, 01:56 AM   #14
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It sounds to me like this person has a form with fields that he/she needs to fill out. I too have this problem, and I can state as a fact that Adobe Reader for Linux does not handle this kind of thing. The Windows version does. I proved this today.
My friend you are right it is a form I was able to fill out by pdfedit.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:27 PM   #15
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It sounds to me like this person has a form with fields that he/she needs to fill out. I too have this problem, and I can state as a fact that Adobe Reader for Linux does not handle this kind of thing. The Windows version does. I proved this today.

How very odd, I have filled out many forms on Linux using Acrobat reader, including ones made by the new version of Acrobat Professional, where you can fill in the form and save the data right in the form using only the reader software.

I have no idea why that doesn't work for you, it works perfectly fine for me.
 
  


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