[pdftex] PDF Converter vs. PDF Distiller
jonathan d p ferguson
jdpf at sunforge.com
Fri Aug 7 17:42:07 CEST 2009
On Aug 7, 2009, at 7:52 AM, Martin Schröder wrote:
> 2009/8/6 Donna Evans Isaacson <donna at pacificonemortgage.com>:
>> Our company is looking for one program that can combine several
>> PDF pages (documents) into one, add the “sign here” sticker and
>> also convert
>> pages from PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. I’ve seen
>> for Converts and Distillers but not one program that does both. Is
>> anything available? And where would I look?
> More about pdftex here:
> Converting PDFs into Office formats is something different which
> pdfTeX can't do; there are several commercial programs that claim to
> be able to do that.
Add emphasis on "commercial programs that claim to be able to do that."
Please keep in mind that PDF was created as a kind of "digital paper."
It is designed, primarily, as a container format used for "read-only"
output. PDF is also an excellent as a forms handler (filling out
application forms, for example).
The normal workflow for PDF documents is Authoring Tool ---> PDF --->
Electronic Distribution --> Print. Notice that the arrow between
Authoring Tool and PDF is not two-way. In the above workflow, pdfTeX
is an authoring tool (a very powerful one, at that).
The idea of round-tripping content from PDF once converted to PDF
format is outside of the scope of the design of PDF, strictly
speaking. However, one can easily embed the original source
document(s) inside a PDF document, and alter that original source
document after extracting it from the PDF file.
I encourage you to read about the workflow benefits of adopting PDF
for forms and other business documents, there are many. Adobe has
extensive documentation on how PDF is used in such a context: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/
You can find out more about some of the additional commercial
programs Martin refers to by reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format
I hope that clears things up for you.
have a day.yad
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