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    Changing .pdf forms

    Can Adobe files (.pdf) be changed? what is required to do so? I'm wanting
    to change the content (text and graphics)

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    .pdf files may be changed with the full Acrobat product - see Adobe - Adobe Acrobat family for more information.

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    Or you could try the (cheaper) foxit pdf editor from
    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/pe_intro.php
    I've not tried it, but their reader is significantly smaller and faster than acrobat reader
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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    I use the full version of Acrobat 5, but I all I have been able to change is minor little edits to the text. Even then it does not always work as I sometimes get a message about the correct font not being available. Each line of text seems to be a separate object so has to be edited separately.

    This may just reflect my lack of skill, of course, but for any significant change, it is far easier to go back to the original document, then recreate the pdf.

    Looking down the list of features in Acrobat 8 (using the link above) I can't see any sign that things have changed much in the newer versions.
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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    No, you're not missing anything. You can't edit a PDF doc like you can Word. You select the text to edit with the text tool first. The font error is because the creator of the PDF didn't embed the font when it was created (or I think that's the reason). The text editing is really only meant for small edits. For major changes, it's best to extract the text, edit it in Word (or whatever) and re-create the PDF. Since you don't have the original document, you can do SaveAs to .rtf which Word can read. If the doc has lots of graphics and formatting, you'll probably lose some or most of that. There are 3rd party PDF-to-x converter programs as well.

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    Hi,

    I have been using SolidPDF Converter. Costs USD$49.95.

    Easy interface to open PDF documents in Word. Keeps full formatting and can save as .doc or .rtf

    Originally found it on a DVD that came on the front of a computer magazine, but have since purchased it and am happy.

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    Can't you print the completed form to a pdf printer?

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    The acrobat distiller printer refuses to accept protected PDF files. I don't know about 3rd parties.

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    Do you mean to a PDF print driver so that I have an image file? Not sure I follow you, I need a little more instruction. (I saved one version using the MS Imagewriter driver on my laptop, but the text I had entered was saved as gobbledygook.)
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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by JohnBF on 03-Nov-06 08:17. )</P>The Standard one? http://www.solidpdf.com/ Does it handle encrypted/protected PDFs?

    Edit: No, it doesn't handle encrypted/protected files, see FAQs

    On a related note, I have lately been running into the kind of PDF's that allow you to enter text into fields, but do not permit you to save the form, only to print it. Anyone know a workaround or tool that will permit me to save my own version with the fields completed? (Yes, I have autocomplete turned on, but it's still a pain, as there is a certain form I've had to fill out with the same information three times now.)
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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    I think he meant to print to a non-Adobe PDF Printer Driver (like CutePDF Writer). In my limited experience printing from Acrobat/Adobe Reader to pdfFactory, the text and images were a bit more "blocky" looking, but I didn't spend a lot of time trying to figure out why...

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    John,

    My needs are easily met with SolidPDF.

    If I have a .pdf file that I need to edit, I use SolidPDF to convert it to Word. I then make the changes that I want, then return it to .pdf using the .pdf print driver.

    I haven't, yet, had the need to use encryption with these.

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    <hr> On a related note, I have lately been running into the kind of PDF's that allow you to enter text into fields, but do not permit you to save the form, only to print it. Anyone know a workaround or tool that will permit me to save my own version with the fields completed? (Yes, I have autocomplete turned on, but it's still a pain, as there is a certain form I've had to fill out with the same information three times now.)<hr>

    Sounds like a job for the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> foxit pdf reader at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
    John (Unreconstructed Jacobite)

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    "workaround or tool that will permit me to save " the author controls this setting, from with Adobe Acrobat.
    That is what a Adobe PDF file is all about, "Author Control".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Changing .pdf forms

    I tried the form filler in Foxit, but got errors on some fields, that do not occur with Adobe or CutePDF, preventing me from entering those fields at all.
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