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 15:01:10 -0700

Again, thanks for all of your input, everyone. For those who responded
privately, I'll let you know if I need to take you up on your kind offers.

> Chris

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 2:52 PM, Kathleen MacDowell <
kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com> wrote:

> Pat, pat, pat.
>
> Can you pull it out of the hat and amaze everyone :-)
>
> The scanning idea might be the best way to go, depending on how long the
> doc is. I don't know about your software or anything, but I had an old HP
> printer with scanning software on it. It did a pretty good job on an old
> typed "Covenenants and Bylaws" for my HOA. That software has been updated
> quite a bit. I don't know if it can be used without an HP printer, but you
> could check the HP site out if you're interested.
>
> The major problem with scanning is that you then need to proof very
> carefully. (I'm assuming setting up styles and applying them is a basic part
> of the process.)
>
> Considering what you've said, lean on your employers to get you the
> software you need and help with the proofing.
>
> This is one of those situations where cost-cutting (i.e., laying off tech
> writers or using only contractors) is such a shot in the foot. But it isn't
> just small companies!
>
> Good luck!!!!! Let me know if you need some help; I'm a great proofreader
> and available :-)
>
> Kathleen
>
> On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
>
>> 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.
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
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>> > [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+mike.mccallister<techwr-l-bounces%2Bmike.mccallister>
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>> > =pkware -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com]
>> > On Behalf Of Lin Sims
>> > Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 3:08 PM
>> > To: salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com
>> > Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> > 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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Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Chris Morton
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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
Re: Edit PDF in Acrobat Pro?: From: Chris Morton

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