RE: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?

Subject: RE: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?
From: "Mike McCallister" <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com>
To: <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:24:05 -0500

One more next-to-last resort, presuming the password issue is sorted
out, is the new OpenOffice PDF Import extension from Sun:
http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/pdfimport

I have not tried this since a very early beta, but it's officially out
of beta now. The developers warn it's unstable with documents longer
than 20 pages, but it might help somewhat.



Mike McCallister
Document Architect
PKWARE, Inc.

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Subject: Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 3:55 PM, Chris Morton<salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
wrote:
> Interestingly, no I can't.
>
> Also, I'm trying the PDF-file trial version, but it won't perform its
> magic because it wants a password that's apparently been assigned to
the PDF.
>
> Now what?

Geoff nailed it. Neither the trial nor the licensed version will open
that file without the password. Since the file is password-protected,
you need to

(*) try to find the originals

or

(*) get a password cracker (and be careful which one you use) to open
the file and then export it to Word, then slog through it getting things
fixed

or

(*) recreate it from scratch


The last two options will obviously take the longest, and if you can't
find the original files I'd suggest recreating from scratch, since
trying to fix the resulting mess will likely send you to the funny farm.

Actually, I lie (a little). If you can get the password removed and can
then export to Word (and I think you have to have Acrobat 7 or later for
that), you can then resave as a plain text file with no formatting. That
will at least save you a lot of typing. At that point, "all" you'll have
to do is create styles and apply like mad, as well as reconverting text
to tables and reimporting any graphics.

Good luck.

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Follow-Ups:

References:
Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Chris Morton
Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Chris Morton
Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Lin Sims

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