Re: Editing a PDF

Subject: Re: Editing a PDF
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 08:33:09 -0500

I believe that Illustrator CS4 now supports multiple pages, and if the PDF
was created with illustrator in the first place, it can retain all its
editing capabilities (and can lead to confusion, thinking you are editing
the ai file and not the pdf file as has happened to me on occasion). I think
making the changes in Illustrator would be easier, and the text would
re-flow properly.

As far as the page size difference, check your print settings in
Illustrator, and make sure you don't have "scale to page" set (which is the
default) - that might shrink the page a percent or 2. You want "Do Not
Scale" checked in the print dialog box.

-Wendy

On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 3:54 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> All,
>
> YES I KNOW... PDF is not a medium for editing, and I would not do it
> without arm-twisting.
>
> But... somebody created a "Product Brief" two-page fact-sheet used for
> marketing/sales, sent a PDF around for review, and disappeared to Mexico for
> Christmas.
>
> There were a few goofs that needed fixing in a hurry and nobody still in
> the office had the source.
> Guess who inherits the problem.
>
> So, I'm busily tweaking (and watching, for example, a paragraph not flow
> when five words are deleted from the middle line...) until I get to a
> "side-bar" feature summary column on page 2. There's a pair of words that
> need deleting. Acrobat won't let me use the text edit feature because of the
> way the selection occurs in that column (first letter of the first word,
> followed by the third word and a couple of words below them in the column).
> I blunder fruitlessly through other editing options and stumble upon
> something in object editing which invokes Adobe Illustrator. OK, with no
> other obvious approaches, I make the edit in Illustrator and save the page.
>
> But that's only page 2.
> So, I select page 1 of the PDF in the same way (which again invokes
> Illustrator) and save page 1 as well. Then I open the individual page one in
> Acrobat and combine it with the individual page two to recreate the fixed
> two-page Product Brief. Yay! Saved the day!
>
> Whoops... Somehow, Illustrator or Acrobat Pro 9 decided to shrink the
> second page by about half a centimeter in width, compared to the first page.
>
> It's no big deal this time, because the file is going with an agency
> submission of some sort and is not being sent to a print supplier at the
> moment. But, for future reference:
>
> a) Is there a way I could have done the edit in Acrobat?
>
> b) Is there a way I could persuade Acrobat or Illustrator to not shrink the
> second page?
>
> c) Is modern Illustrator any better at this than the ancient Illustrator CS
> that I've got?
>
> HINT: A convincing option "c" would help me to justifying an upgrade...
> ahem...
>
>
> Kevin McLauchlan
> Senior Technical Writer
> SafeNet, Inc.
>
> PS: Merry Christmas, hope you had a Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year... I
> don't do Kwanzaa
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