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Topic: Favorite PDF editing tools (Read 13307 times) previous topic - next topic

Favorite PDF editing tools

A recent poll here about using Illustrator to edit PDF files inspired me to put up a poll about everyone's favorite PDF editing tools. Even though nobody recommends it, editing PDFs seems to happen quite a lot. My page on how to edit PDF files is the second most popular page on the site with around 1000 daily page views!

The poll will probably be a home run for Adobe Acrobat. I am curious though how many also vote for other tools - or indeed use Adobe Illustrator. Please cast your vote(s) and use this thread to share your PDF-editing wisdom and/or nightmare stories.

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #1
You neglected to add Callas pdfToolbox to the list.
Matt Beals

Everything I say is my own personal opinion and has nothing to do with my employer or their views.

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #2
Unfortunately, not all of us have the privilege of having Pitstop even though it should be a bundled requirement for any business buying Acrobat Pro, especially in prepress. I use the tools available in Acrobat Pro 9 and if that doesn't work for me then opening in Illustrator is my next option. If it can't be edited with either of those two it gets kicked back to the customer.
Hicks • Cross • Carlin • Kinison • Parker • Stone •  Colbert • Hedberg • Stanhope • Burr

"As much as I'd like your guns I prefer your buns." - The G

So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

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Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #3

You neglected to add Callas pdfToolbox to the list.


Added - thanks for pointing it out. It is odd that I forgot pdfToolbox even though I meet some of the Callas people from time to time. Real PDF gurus!

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #4
what's a guru? :undecided:

i have oris pdf tuner - which saved me some headaches when we got it - sadly now dropped by CGS. when i say sadly what i mean is it's simply outdated now, and the GUI is mental - it saved us some issues early on so paid for itself

i dont have pitstop either so its acrobat all the way - illy if need be too
Leave me here in my - stark raving sick sad little world

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #5

what's a guru? :undecided:

i have oris pdf tuner - which saved me some headaches when we got it - sadly now dropped by CGS. when i say sadly what i mean is it's simply outdated now, and the GUI is mental - it saved us some issues early on so paid for itself

i dont have pitstop either so its acrobat all the way - illy if need be too


guru=pompous ass

Typically someone will call themselves a guru, they should be shot on site.

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #6

guru=pompous ass

Typically someone will call themselves a guru, they should be shot on site.


Agreed. Let's get to work.
Hicks • Cross • Carlin • Kinison • Parker • Stone •  Colbert • Hedberg • Stanhope • Burr

"As much as I'd like your guns I prefer your buns." - The G

So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

Member #14 • Size 5 • PH8 Unit 7 • Paranoid Misanthropic Doomsayer • Printing & Drinking Since 1998 • doomed ©2011 david

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #7
I thught all of us smart enough to join this forum would be considered prepress gurus. I guess I thought wrong :-(
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #8

I thught all of us smart enough to join this forum would be considered prepress gurus. I guess I thought wrong :-(


Perhaps, but 'guru' is a title to be bestowed UPON one BY OTHERS (who are then laughed at and mocked by still others). To give oneself the title is just wankery.

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #9

I thught all of us smart enough to join this forum would be considered prepress gurus. I guess I thought wrong :-(
j

You thught'd wrong.
Hicks • Cross • Carlin • Kinison • Parker • Stone •  Colbert • Hedberg • Stanhope • Burr

"As much as I'd like your guns I prefer your buns." - The G

So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

Member #14 • Size 5 • PH8 Unit 7 • Paranoid Misanthropic Doomsayer • Printing & Drinking Since 1998 • doomed ©2011 david

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #10
One thing I use but not listed is InDesign. New text can be added right on top of old copy, then the old stuff deleted in Acrobat, or images can be added. Resizing is also easier in Indy. The only issue I've ever seen doing this is PDF's generated by CS3-5 and placed into an Indy CS2 or earlier file can result in colors lost or dropped or the PDF may fail to export.
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Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #11
I think Youston is......wankery
Leave me here in my - stark raving sick sad little world


Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #13

Oh now, come on beer! I've never been a sinner ... never sinned ...  :evil:


That's because you're just a babe. Wait until you turn 13...you have a lot of growing up to do yet.
Hicks • Cross • Carlin • Kinison • Parker • Stone •  Colbert • Hedberg • Stanhope • Burr

"As much as I'd like your guns I prefer your buns." - The G

So,  :drunk3: i send the job to the rip with live transparecy (v 1.7 or whatever) and it craps out with a memory error.

Member #14 • Size 5 • PH8 Unit 7 • Paranoid Misanthropic Doomsayer • Printing & Drinking Since 1998 • doomed ©2011 david

Re: Favorite PDF editing tools

Reply #14
I think Youston is..... :death:
Leave me here in my - stark raving sick sad little world