Editing PDFs

Declan. Moriarty declan.moriarty at ntlworld.ie
Tue Jul 29 03:02:48 PDT 2003

On Thu, Jul 24, 2003 at 12:32:42PM -0700, Allen Crider enlightened us
> Declan. Moriarty wrote:
> > What's the handiest way of doing this? Google is fairly unproductive
> > on this. My particular application was to open a form in pdf format,
> > write in information in the blanks, and write it again as a pdf.
> > Everything seems to want to convert or divert pdfs, not process
> > them.
> > 
> > Gs I have, and Acroread. Gs supplies pdf2ps, and ps2pdf, as well as
> > pdfopt, which optimises the things sizewise, I gather. So I could go
> > this route: pdf --> ps --> editor --> ps --> pdf --> pdfopt, but you
> > who know me will realise that I, my fonts, or locales would fall
> > over somewhere on that route ;-).  I presume there is a wsyiwsg ps
> > file editor somewhere in linux?
> > 
> > 
> You don't need to edit the PDF if all you are doing is filling in the
> fields. Use pdf2eps to convert the image into something you can place
> into OpenOffice, then fill in the blanks by typing _over_ the fields.

I looked for pdf2eps. I only found one reference in a page I where I was
unsure of language or charset :-(. Have you a url for this?

I did find ps2eps. So I read the form in Abrobat Reader, opened in OO,
and all I could see was a title description and a bounding box for the
image nicely and safely calculated by ps2eps. When I printed this
apparently blank page, I got the form! But this lack of wysiwyg did
prevent any meaningful editing of it. Having sent off the info under
trusty old vim and mutt, I could still fiddle up the bit I have to swear
at this end. But that's a triviality really.


	With best Regards,

	Declan Moriarty.

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