RE: Editing a PDF

Subject: RE: Editing a PDF
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Janet Swisher <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>, "raj -dot- machhan -at- gmail -dot- com" <raj -dot- machhan -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:40:17 -0500


Janet Swisher said:
>
> This doesn't help the OP, but there is a word processor for Mac OS
> that uses PDF as its native format:
> http://pagehand.com/pagehand/
>
> However, you can't import PDFs created by other software into it.


I can understand that, based on how a PDF structure looks if your source strays the tiniest bit from a block of fairly plain text. That's why I was having the problem selecting text to edit.

Basically, to make the program work on PDF, they'd have to impose severe constraints on formatting, if not on content. Sorta like "word processors" in the ancient days before they tried to take on DeskTop Publishing features and capabilities.

So you are right: This one doesn't help the OP (me).
It also doesn't help most other people. It's a novelty. Not sure why anybody bothered. Maybe it was a class project run amok? :-)

Apropos of another sub-thread, My boss sez to go ahead and order the upgrade from Adobe Illustrator CS (i.e., CS1 from 2003) to the Creative Suite 4 Design Standard bundle. I'll get to tinker with InDesign. Cool. Betcha that gives plenty more freedom and scope than ... pagehand. And it can save PDFs.

I just chatted (text) with an Adobe sales droid. The discount upgrade price from having a single (unbundled) CS product, going to the basic bundle is $799, while the discount upgrade price if you start out owning TWO unbundled Adobe products (say Illustrator CS and Acrobat Pro 9) is .... wait for it.... $799. At least I'll have another Acrobat license for somebody here to use.


- Kevin (about to work a very quiet next several days - it's the first time since 1999 that I haven't saved enough vacation days to be off for the Christmas-NewYear's week)






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References:
RE: Editing a PDF: From: raj -dot- machhan -at- gmail -dot- com
Re: Editing a PDF: From: Janet Swisher

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