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Old 12-20-2004, 08:27 PM   #1
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Question PDF to doc or similar format

I want to find a free or opensource program that allows me to modify a pdf file. At work, we have copiers that allows us to send files to our email addresses as pdf files. However, we don't have the full version of Adobe, so modifing them is a bit hard (or at least I don't know of someone here that has the full version) and I don't want to bring in my "version" from home - if you know what I mean. All the files are legit and are mostly filled out forms from employees or potential candidates - I work as a recruiter and those forms are new requisitions or interviewing forms. I've tried a few command line programs and I tried even installing a few demo programs that didn't do much. I've also tried searching on and - no luck. Does anyone know of something that may help. Thanks...
Old 12-21-2004, 08:01 AM   #2
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Simple manipulations, like intercalating pages from other pdf or ps files are possible by "gs" directly. For more complicated work, you may have to bring your work to your home :-)
I think it is a question of rights or something : manipulating pdf ( but not creating) is exclusively for Adobe. They created the format and gave out creation and reading for free, and are earning their bread by "manipulation of pdfs".
Old 12-21-2004, 08:36 PM   #3
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I believe you can manipulate ps files, and then, use
ps2pdf. ps files are more straight-forward (no compression).
To reverse, use pdf2ps.

Old 12-22-2004, 05:31 AM   #4
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No, I also tried this route. ps and pdf are very similar format, and are both owned by Adobe.
Very simple manipulation can be done with ps files. But I know no program which gives you as good an access to ps files as adobe wirter does for pdfs.


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