Acrobat 9.0 Professional text edits a no-go

Subject: Acrobat 9.0 Professional text edits a no-go
From: poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 16:49:13 +0000

Here's a real head-scratcher. But first:
* HP A6827C Pavilion terminal with Vista (echh!) and Service Pack 1
* 6 GB of ram
* FrameMaker 8.0
* Adobe 9.0 Professional

Apparently, the admittedly limited text editing function doesn't work and even Adobe tech support agrees.

My boss wants to make sure that at least some line-by-line, word-by-word edits can be done in the pdf file (like I used to do in Acrobat 5.0 some years ago).

I created a pdf file by printing a FrameMaker 8.0 file thru the Adobe PDF "printer" to create a postscript file and run it through Distiller. I then opened my newly purchased Acrobat 9.0 and selected the text editing tool and placed the "cursor" within one of the words (in this case, a line of text created in good ol' Arial).

While I can highlight letters and words, I cannot delete or add any letters.

So I went to the next page of the pdf and clicked on some text done in 10 pt Times New Roman, and again, no deal.

Of course I have both the Arial and Times Roman fonts on my terminal.

I ftp'd one page of this file to the an Adobe tech support guy who I spoke with for a long time and he phoned me back saying that he tried it using Acrobat 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 and could not get it to work.

He did, however, walk me through saving it as a tiff file, opening it in Acrobat and setting it up for OCR.

But while I can add a letter to a word using this alternate technique:
1. It is more trouble than it is worth.
2. It will not be welcomed by those outside of my department who must do a minor text edit like this.
3. Letters are not shifted over to make room for new letter(s).

Again, I have those fonts on my terminal,so what gives?

-- Kenpo in Atlanta

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