Modifying PDF Files With PDFedit On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

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Author: Falko Timme

This article shows how you can install and use PDFedit on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. PDFedit is a free and open-source editor for manipulating PDF documents.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

I have tested the following procedure on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. If you are using Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (or later), there's a PDFedit package in the Gutsy repositories that you can install.

 

2 Installing PDFedit

Unfortunately, there's no PDFedit package in the official Ubuntu Feisty Fawn repositories, but I found one on www.getdeb.net. Open a browser (e.g. Firefox) and go to http://www.getdeb.net/app.php?name=PDF+Editor. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the version you'd like to install (e.g. Ubuntu Feisty 32 bits - 0.3.2):

On the next page, click on the Download: pdfedit link:

Firefox will ask you what you want to do with the file. Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default):

The Package Installer starts. Click on the Install Package button:

You might have to type in your password:

Afterwards, PDFedit is being installed:

You can leave the Package Installer after the installation:

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From: rmathur

Excellent technique, however make no mistake every OCR that extracts text from PDF does not necessarily convert to error free text, there are bound to be errors that you need to fix manually, probably fine if your document is just a few pages but if your document is large fixing errors could be pretty cumbersome.

Good news is you can do so online without downloading any software at all. At http://www.onlinedocumentconversion.com
you can upload, convert to doc rtf or txt formats online & then save. Plus you have the advantage of errors being fixed by site operators for you.

It is advisable to use this site when you are short of time, OR you have largish documents, not confidential and you don't mind external operators help you or edit for you at cents 50 a page or so.

BTW Free sites often do not have manual support nor online 'after sales service' of editorial staff. 

From: Anonymous

Nice spam jerkwad.

There is no OCR going on here.

Oddly enough, PDFedit is a pdf editor not an OCR software.