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Old 02-18-2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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pdf manipulation tools?

Are there (command line or GUI) tools that i can use to edit pdf file? By edit, I mean such operation as inserting, extracting, deleting page etc. Maybe also extracting say a rectangular range from a pdf file?

Basically, features that I find in Professoional version of Acrobat, which doesn't seem to have a linux port
Old 02-18-2005, 08:13 PM   #2
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if there is one id love to know as well.
Old 02-18-2005, 10:36 PM   #3
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the only way i know is to use pdftops from
to convert pdf to ps for editing
then open with
it's better at just creating new pdfs but can import one ps page at a time i think
comes with tutorial and manual
then export pdf from scribus

edit: pdftops is in with the xpdf thingy

Last edited by foo_bar_foo; 02-18-2005 at 10:42 PM.
Old 02-19-2005, 06:03 AM   #4
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I ended up doing the following:
1) convert pdf to ps (pdf2ps) -- perhaps unnecessary
2) use GIMP to copy/paste out a region I want
3) save/export as ps
4) then use gs program to combine the pages together into one file
Old 02-20-2005, 10:09 PM   #5
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There is this toolkit that call pdftoolkit that extract, insert pages.
The best is it can put watermark on your pdf file with 2 clicks;
check out

Old 02-20-2005, 10:54 PM   #6
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Check out the links in
-> Programming
-> pdf

In particular, text2pdf is a command line, but I find it
alittle adequate for my works. Maybe bluefish, quanta,
or nvu might do (and their links on the website).



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