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Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:00 pm
by antdude
Hello.

According to http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/win-pdf-editor-2-0-4/, its first comment said users can edit PDF files with LibreOffice (LO)'s Draw. I can't run LO (keeps crashing and developers can't figure it out) on this very old, updated Windows XP Pro. SP3 machine even though OO run fine. However, I cannot seem to figure out how to open PDF files to edit in OpenOffice (OO)'s Draw. Am I missing something?

Thank you in advance. :)

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:09 pm
by RoryOF
You have to install the PDF Import extension at
PDF Import Extension
Note the link on that page for the version for AOO 4.0.1.

If you wish to do major editing/re-layout of a PDF, OpenOffice is not the best tool. You need a dedicated PDF Editor.

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:22 pm
by antdude
RoryOF wrote:You have to install the PDF Import extension at
PDF Import Extension
Note the link on that page for the version for AOO 4.0.1.

If you wish to do major editing/re-layout of a PDF, OpenOffice is not the best tool. You need a dedicated PDF Editor.
I just want to add text overlays and be able to save my work. I don't like Adobe Reader since it doesn't let me save my text inputs. I don't want to buy its expensive full Acrobat program for something I will rarely use. :(

Will OO be adding an internal PDF feature into its Draw like LO?

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:28 pm
by RoryOF
There are freeware/shareware PDF editors. Google is your friend.

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:07 pm
by antdude
RoryOF wrote:You have to install the PDF Import extension at
PDF Import Extension
Note the link on that page for the version for AOO 4.0.1.

If you wish to do major editing/re-layout of a PDF, OpenOffice is not the best tool. You need a dedicated PDF Editor.
It didn't install. :(

I even tried the other one in http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras. ... /Downloads (just hangs with no errors and forces me to end task OO's processes).

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:19 pm
by RoryOF
If you are using OpenOffice 4.0.1 you _need_ the version at

PDF Extension.png

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:24 pm
by antdude
RoryOF wrote:If you are using OpenOffice 4.0.1 you _need_ the version at

PDF Extension.png
Ah thanks. I wonder why it didn't use the latest version instead for the green button. I tried the correct one, but its installation kept freezing OO. I found out that the previous older versions were installed so I had to uninstall them (still got errors). Then, I was able to install and use the newer version. However, its rendering wasn't great (overlapped texts) with complex PDFs (e.g., IRS forms -- http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf).

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:51 pm
by RoryOF
As I told you, it may not be the best tool for your task. Google for PDF editors and see what you find. I don't edit PDF files directly. Some data in PDFs I OCRed (Optical Character Recognition) and reset to suit my needs. Other Forum volunteers may recommend PDF editors from their experience.

Re: Edit existing PDF files?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:40 pm
by Vitesse
PDF XChange has some limited edit functions, which I've used in the past. I've also had some success editing simple PDFs in Draw, but it's very hit and miss - I think it depends on what program originally created the PDF.

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer