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Subject:RE: Editing a pdf From:"Daniel Hall" <misterhall -at- prodigy -dot- net> To:"Send to List" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 21 Apr 2000 11:17:38 -0700
If all you need is the graphic, you can open the pdf in Acrobat Reader, do a
screen capture, and then paste the captured image into a graphics editor,
clean it up, and insert it into whatever doc you're working with. I have
done this with different levels of success, and have found that it helps to
set your screen res. fairly high, and zoom until the graphic fills the
screen. Acrobat does a poor job of rendering images at other than their
If you need more, like some of the text, there are various extraction
programs available for free. Search for "pdf tools" with any search engine.
If the doc is protected, you're probably stuck.
Alas, if you intend to edit the pages and save them back into pdf, the $250
Acrobat program is the only way to go.