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gary67
16-10-2010, 03:47 PM
Any one got a recommendation for PDF editing just need something simple to copy and paste some text from a PDF otherwise I have to practice my 2 finger typing. Would prefer free, normally use free PDF to word but doesn't want to play ball this time gets to 99% and hangs

SoniKalien
16-10-2010, 03:50 PM
If you want to copy text from a PDF to another text application, you can use the 'text select' tool in most readers to copy to clipboard...

kahawai chaser
16-10-2010, 03:57 PM
Likely to be many online pdf editors, and convert/save to Google Docs if you want...

Billy T
16-10-2010, 04:11 PM
I do a lot of text copying from PDFs and I find that some seem to be locked, or as I rather suspect, the text is an image file converted to PDF. This is something which I do to myself for emailed invoices or any other documents I'd prefer not have edited or text extracted from.

I get around most of that myself by printing the document then scanning back to text by OCR, but at least by that method it becomes reasonably clear that the end result is a copy.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

kjaada
16-10-2010, 04:14 PM
Open Office 3.0 may do the job

Snorkbox
16-10-2010, 04:15 PM
I think you are correct Billy T in so far as some PDFs are simply images and also can be locked with passwords or other security.

Snorkbox
16-10-2010, 04:16 PM
Open Office 3.0 may do the job

How? It can't frig about with docs I have made in Word and protected.

kjaada
16-10-2010, 04:34 PM
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Pdf_Import_Extension

Billy T
16-10-2010, 04:40 PM
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Pdf_Import_Extension

Won't work on an image of a PDF though. :D

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

wainuitech
16-10-2010, 04:42 PM
If the Original text is something on a word document, then use Foxitreader. It has a typewriter function to add text, it also can copy/paste into a PDF and you can save the altered PDF.

Open Foxit Reader. View>Toolbars> Typewriter Tools , you'll then get a new tool bar, mines top right Follow the rough arrow (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/PDF.jpg)

To paste some text, click the icon that looks like a pencil, go to the text file you have, then select/copy the text, go to the PDF, click where you want the text / Paste Example your question (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Example.PNG) to a FreeNas PDF.

Only problem is if its more than a Line you may have to do one line at a time.

Speedy Gonzales
16-10-2010, 05:02 PM
You can send the doc to me in an email if you want. And whatever you want copied and pasted. If its not too personal. Altho is the PDF file you want to copy text from protected?

Snorkbox
16-10-2010, 05:12 PM
I have had similar issues with our local Council who insist on publishing unprotected PDF files on their web site which I can alter using the method outlined by Wainuitech.

They can't alter docs made by me and protected and I can't alter docs with Foxit made by me with text over unless I put the password in.

However Gary67 simply wants to select text and copy and paste same I think.

If it's an image then he may be slightly out of luck other than printing, scanning and OCR.

gary67
16-10-2010, 05:38 PM
Ok no worries was worth a shot two finger typing here I come

wainuitech
16-10-2010, 07:03 PM
If its a picture you want to copy/paste to a PDF, under the menu (tool bars) I showed before, if you also select Advanced Editing tools, that will allow you to drag out a Box, to which you can insert a picture.

If its from another PDF, then depending on the restrictions the original has will depend on what you can do.