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    PDF Files

    Is it possible to edit .pdf files? Thanks.

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    Re: PDF Files

    You can make minor edits with the full Acrobat product from Adobe, but this is very expensive.

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    Re: PDF Files

    Hi Farmer

    The whole idea of a .pdf is that it cannot be edited (by anyone other than the originator).
    This enables you to elecronically distribute Price Lists, Cataloges, Illustrations, Quotes, etc, ie: documents that could be big trouble to you if altered.
    Once .pdf's can be altered by anyone, their reason for being disappears and thousands of individuals and companies shut down their websites and withdraw their electronic documents such as listed above ..... and Adobe considers Chapter 11.
    If you are the originator of the .pdf, your software should allow you to edit it as you wish.

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    Re: PDF Files

    Thank's for the reply. So, presumably, if I had the full Adobe Acrobat Reader I could alter any .pdf which I had created, but no one elses?

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    Re: PDF Files

    Nope....Not Acrobat Reader
    What you would need is Adobe Acrobat. Acrobat is listed at $220.00 USD, or there abouts, on several internet sites.

    Acrobat Reader allows you to search, read print, etc. .pdf files.......but not originate nor edit them.

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    Re: PDF Files

    The following is from Adobe site.
    <font color=red>Secure and digitally sign Adobe PDF documents
    Prevent confidential information from ending up in the wrong hands. Secure your documents to prevent people from viewing, printing, or altering them. Determine instantly if your documents have been altered for any reason.

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    Re: PDF Files

    What are you trying to do?

    The PDF format is a "open" format, meaning that anyone can use it. I created a new document in Notepad, typed Hello World. into it and printed it to PDF using pdfFactory from FinePrint Software. I then opened it in Adobe Acrobat Business Tools 4 and (1)
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    Re: PDF Files

    You need the full Acrobat product to make changes.
    However, it is best to make chages to the original, say, Word doc, if you have it, then recreate the PDF using Acrobat.

    You can purchase the full Acrobat product for about $219 (US) at places such as www.provantage.com.

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    Re: PDF Files

    No.
    You can alter any PDF, unless the creator has password protected the file against changes.

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    Re: PDF Files

    Of course Stuart, Dave and jscher are right.......some .pdf files can be edited.

    However, it's been my experience that pdf files you find on web sites, or are emailed to you as business documents, will be thoroughly protected.
    If protection from alteration is not important, the file can be made available on a website or emailed without converting to .pdf and requiring the recipient to have a .pdf reader.

    At least that's my understanding......if there are other good uses for .pdf, please suggest a few.....I have paid for and registered a copy of Acrobat and so far have used it only to produce business documents that I don't want altered (at least not easily).

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    Re: PDF Files

    <hr>if there are other good uses for .pdf, please suggest a few.....<hr>
    I sometimes need to make sure that the pagination of a document won't change if I send it to someone with a different printer, especially if I am preparing something for a print shop. Acrobat is very good for this.

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    Re: PDF Files

    A few years ago, I was paid to write a specification for an implementation based on Acrobat.
    I was punished by having to read the specs for PDF 3 and 4. I have not looked at the spec for PDF 5,

    As a spec, they are not well written, making it difficult, based solely on info in the spec, to produce a true"standard" PDF implementation.

    IMHO, compatibility with Acrobat Reader is the highest priority. For this reason, I always recommend purchasing Acrobat, rather than a PDF writer from some 3rd party, or even using the free Ghostscript PDF writer.

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    Re: PDF Files

    If you do not send the PDF, does that mean you send, say, the Word doc?

    That''s less desireable for a number of reasons.
    1. It increases the chance that you will have n different variations floating around.
    2. A PDF document will print identically for everybody, not so with a Word document.

    IMHO, Word is a poor format for document distribution. That's what PDF is for.
    Acrobat Reader is free for all platforms.

    Note: I rarely modify PDF documents, but I do distribute most documents, e.g., invoices, proposals, and contracts in PDF, with maximum securiy, i.e., just allowing printing.

    I also use PDF to compare documents. I like the way Acrobat handles comparing docs better than Word.

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    Re: PDF Files

    There is a Acrobat Reader for most platforms, which means that they can read your files. All platforms can NOT read ALL file types. I am involved with genealogy and I have several contacts that are on those Mac's and have older versions of Word. They have problems in reading the standard doc files, so I had to make RTF types for them. Now with the new version of Family Tree Maker, I can make PDF types and send them to every one.

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    Re: PDF Files

    PDF is very good for collating mateials - printouts, scans - from multiple sources in a single file, without a lot of futzing.

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