editing any files, particularly editing pdf files
Date: 10 Mar, 2008
Posted by: admin
In: linux, open source & software
Can I edit a pdf file
It’s not easy but …
My Dad asked me how to edit a pdf. Here’s my response:
It’s not quite a “forget it” situation but nearly … I suspect that your scanner / copier is embedding images files (JPEG or TIFF) in a pdf “wrapper”. It’s unlikely that it performs OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on them, so the text you see isn’t in the PDF, it’s just a picture – you can test this by using the text selection tool (looks like a capitla I) in Adobe Reader and clicking and dragging over some text … if it’s text you’ll be able to select it. Or, you could send me one of the files and I’ll have a look (if you’re not my dad, don’t do this!).
PDF Transformer and Finereader
The leader in this area is a company called ABBYY (sometimes their software is bundled with scanners, so have a check and see).
They have a couple of products that would suit:
Finereader has a host of features including the ability to create editable files (eg MS Office documents or Star Office documents) from pdf files. It also allows minor edits (like spelling alterations) to be made to pdf files: Adobe Acrobat has this feature too, it’s about £250+. FineReader also allows standard OCR of documents that are either scanned or photographed (!)
If you decide to purchase I get a small amount from sales made after clicking the above product links (the names of the software) that go to the Amazon website.
Which to buy?
Other OCR and pdf-2-editable options
Well, Tucows lists some of them …