Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?

Subject: Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:20:20 -0700

Thanks for all the suggestions. It happens that I work for a very small
company and no one except me knows anything about the need for native files,
why Word isn't suitable for user manual creation, etc. Even our IT guy is
frequently in dark when it comes to who has the limited licensed version of
software X on their machine, what version it is, and so forth.

Like I wrote earlier, I inherited this PDF file and "the keeper" is no
longer with the comapny, cannot be contacted at this time for legal reasons,
and so forth. The story is complex; you couldn't make it up yourselves as a
fiction writer, for your agent would take one look at your synopsis and say,
"Ohhhhhh, *COME*-on!!!!"

Oh, and did I mention that the updated manual is supposed to be ready to go
inside of two weeks?
HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA.................

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM, Mike McCallister <
mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com> wrote:

> 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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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
RE: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Mike McCallister

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