[pdftex] Editing PDF LaTeX -> Acrobat

pdf at futuristick.org pdf at futuristick.org
Fri Jan 21 04:23:05 CET 2005

Thanks, this will point me in the right direction, probably
http://www.fptex.org/fptexli1.html - as Windows, again, is the constraint.
It's just a matter of convincing IT to go with it...

> Why don't you ask for the LaTeX files and work with them yourself?
> That is standard practice for books and journals in my field.
> BTW, I find PDF produced by pdftex to be no less editable than postscript
> produced from LaTeX (or figures produced by most statistics packages), and
> the latter is normally identical across OSes.  Both PDF and postscript are
> produced in the subunits that the orginating application works in: that
> means that a circle could be a unit or it could be 100 line segments, and
> words could be words or individual characters or individual glyphs (with
> accents separate).
> On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 pdf at futuristick.org wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I appreciate the feedback, but invariably authors do not send in
>> 'perfect'
>> manuscripts, if such things really exist! I am speaking from an
>> editorial
>> perspective, mind you, where correcting errors is de rigeur, e.g.,
>> moving
>> text to fit margins, or changing the font of a character, all of which
>> can
>> be done if, unfortunately or not, the file was orginally created with a
>> postscript driver 'native' to Win32 environments. (I would certainly not
>> claim any superiority for Windows, by any means, but alas this is what I
>> must work with).
>> I agree that authors should be typesetting to a T, pun not intended, but
>> many of them are rather helpless and/or clueless, depending on one's
>> take.
>> The ultimate point to be recognized, nonetheless, is that the need
>> exists
>> and a solution is necessary to accomodate efficiency, compromised by
>> having authors resubmitting again and again when the work could be done
>> here. And I certainly don't want to demand that authors stop using LaTeX
>> and switch!
>> Best regards,
>> D. Milam
>>> On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 pdf at futuristick.org wrote:
>>>> Why aren't PDF files generated in LaTeX editable in Acrobat? In my
>> case,
>>>> I
>>>> am using Acrobat 5.0, and yes, unfortunately, must work with a Windows
>> system. There are various clients who submit LaTeX-generated PDFs,
>> which
>>>> are fine to use if they are 'perfect', but it is frustrating not being
>> able to make changes to them in a Win32 environment.
>>> Hello,
>>> And what exactly do you mean by "editing PDF files". PDF files are
>> _supposed_ to be perfect and final, i.e. you should not be able to edit
>> anything in them, except meta-things, like annotations/comments,
>> attachments, various interactive objects etc etc. But the actual text
>> layout cannot be reflowed (except for this modern thing called "tagged
>> PDF" but as far as I know this is not yet supported by pdfTeX).
>>> Imagine what a total disorder would there be if publishing houses
>> started
>>> editing author's submitted PDF files :) Instead, the original authors
>>> of
>> the PDF files should have the required typographical/typesetting skills
>> if
>>> they take upon themselves such a serious task as producing PDF
>>> documents :)
>>> (smiles added to avoid flames --- I know my opinions are controversial
>> and
>>> should be taken with a "pinch of salt", as I normally take them myself
>> :)
>>> Kind regards
>>> Tigran
>>> =========
>>> http://www.bibles.org.uk --- Bibles in PDF format (not editable :)
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