[pdftex] How to covert pdf file into latex file?
jonathan d p ferguson
jdpf at sunforge.com
Fri Jul 14 21:34:46 CEST 2006
On Jul 13, 2006, at 4:16 AM, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> however, this presumes foresight. "i know i'm going to lose this
> source, so i'll make an extra copy in the pdf". doesn't seem a
> particularly efficient way of ensuring you've still got a copy (i'm a
> believer in backup procedures, myself).
> what's more, nothing said so far (beyond "make plain text and re-mark
> it up") seems actually to have offered the op any sort of help.
I agree that it requires a cautionary foresight--- so does
distributing the source files and making backups.
I am often faced with the task to alter a "we lost the source" PDF---
made by someone other than myself. For such a task I must use Acrobat
Pro or Illustrator. I know of no other reasonable way. If the changes
are extensive, I'll cut-and-paste the text and completely reformat
Usually such lost source PDF's originate with Word, but irrespective
of proprietary software, the task of editing an existing PDF
motivated chen hong-jun to ask in the first place, so using the
attachfile package or \pdfobj could ease the pain of future editing
situations--- assuming of course, that the source file was originally
written in *TeX.
Needless to say, I agree with James Quirk, (as I quietly remember
> Using PDF as a source-code container makes perfect sense in a number
> of applications. For example it allows the generation of
> self-substantiating, computational articles that allow the
> interested reader to sample the reported work first hand.
> The motivation for the approach is described in:
> and for an interesting essay on the concept of ``reproducible
> I would recommend:
Anyway, thanks for pointing out the brand-new attachfile package!
It works marvelously!
have a nice day.yad
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