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Old 07-10-2006, 11:35 PM   #1
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Question edit pdf in linux


Hi,
I am looking for the software to edit pdf in linux. Somebosy has any idea, do help me.
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:23 AM   #2
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You cannot edit PDF files. That is the idea of PDF, what you see is what originally was authored.

If you want to concatenate PDF files, use gs.

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Old 07-11-2006, 12:10 PM   #3
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a) What level of editing do you want?

b) What Google or other searches have you done?
 
Old 07-11-2006, 10:53 PM   #4
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If I have a report in the form of a PDF, i need to be able to edit the contents.
I have googled alot and tried with all the procedures available.
The best one was, pdftotext conversion of a pdf and then edit it in scribus and save again as pdf. But, during this procedure, the images are lost... I dont want a lossy edit.
 
Old 07-12-2006, 12:45 AM   #5
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There is no good way to do what you want to do. Any "editing" will probably require you to rebuild the document from scratch based on what you can extract from the pdf file. No way you can get your hands on the original document I suppose? Other formats lend themselves to editing much more redily.
 
Old 07-12-2006, 01:16 AM   #6
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I have a simple doubt. Is it really possibe to edit a pdf file in windows by hand. I mean as u do with a word. Can u do it for pdf
 
Old 07-12-2006, 01:46 AM   #7
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I would just like to point out that open office can export to pdf. http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/2.0/
So if you get your hands on the texts you can recreate the pdf.
 
Old 07-12-2006, 03:09 AM   #8
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i know there is an export option if i would like to write into a doc and then convert it to pdf.
If I have a pdf?
Then what?
 
Old 07-12-2006, 03:42 AM   #9
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few months back i too was looking for a tool to edit pdf file. but i haven't found anything in linux. but you have lot of commercially available tools to edit pdf files in windows.

i tried out the verypdf editor in windows as it was giving a 15-day free-trial period. but when you open the PDF file after editing it, it puts a text in red color saying that the document was edited.

but as far as linux is concerned, i don't think there is any tool to edit pdf file.

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Old 07-12-2006, 03:52 AM   #10
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it is so sick. Lookign for compatibility then looking for applications like in windows. Anybody really concerned?
I am really upset
 
Old 07-12-2006, 04:42 AM   #11
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The simple fact about pdf - as always - is that the format was not designed as a document to be edited multiple times, but rather a final destination to be rendered the same way on screen and print on different platforms. (or an intermediate step on the way to printing). There are no good tools because pdf was simply not designed with editing as its primary use. In my opinion anything else on any platform is just a workaraound or a hack. I know that doesn't fix the original problem...

If the data needs to be edited repeatedly and kept for re-editing, and it simply cannot be sourced in any other format (likely) then depending on the actual application it may pay to extract as much data as possible (text / images) into different formats for later use. That is unlikely in most cases though, YMMV.

Just my $0.02
 
Old 07-12-2006, 05:18 AM   #12
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You can browse some pdfs as textfiles with:
Code:
ps2ascii <somefile>.pdf |less
So you can grab the text from it and edit it. Maybe that helps relieve the pain
source: nerdstuffs
 
Old 07-12-2006, 06:00 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sailu_mvn
If I have a report in the form of a PDF, i need to be able to edit the contents.
This answer hasn't to do anything with Linux, but I still think it is highly suspicious if you only have the PDF and you want to edit it.
In projects I work in, I have the original files if I contribute to a project. And if I only have the PDF, I have to refer to it in my own report. It is highly unusual if I have to edit someone else's PDF. Sorry if it is all legitimate and I think bad of you.

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Old 07-12-2006, 06:18 AM   #14
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just an idea, but can you not print out the document, and then convert it to the format of your choice using some OCR program? A quick google came up with GOCR. I'm no expert on OCR (i've never used it in linux before) so have no idea what it's like, but it could be a hack of a solution...

just a thought...
 
Old 07-12-2006, 06:23 AM   #15
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its my own project report i ned to edit
Anymore suggestions guys?
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