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    novelljodi NNTP User

    Default how to change "author" information in PDF files


    I'm using openSUSE 11.0

    I'd like to change the content of the "author" field in the file information of a PDF file (the information displayed for example when hovering with the cursor over the file in Konqueror).

    How can I do that and with wich application?
    (Only PDF version of the file available, no text version)


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    Join Date
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    Default Re: how to change "author" information in PDF files

    There's a GUI program called pdfedit, which I had on Ubuntu which might do the job, but I can't confirm this now because the Ubuntu machine's at work. I don't see it in the standard repo, maybe in a contrib repo. Or build from source.

    Another program that definitely will do the job is pdftk, however in a somewhat unfriendly way because it's a CLI tool and mainly used for stream transformations (extracting pages, rotating document, etc). You do it like this:

    pdftk document.pdf dump_data output document.dat
    # edit the text file document.dat and change the value of the Author field
    # then put the info back into the PDF like this
    pdftk document.pdf update_info output newdocument.pdf
    which is a bit tedious.

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    West Yorkshire, UK

    Default Re: how to change "author" information in PDF files

    Some programs will insert the information from their properties dialogue into the PDF automatically. Lyx has a separate entry under Document>Settings. It depends on what software you are using.

    Sometimes you simply need to edit the properties, save the source file and create a fresh PDF.
    Last edited by john_hudson; 11-Apr-2009 at 03:18. Reason: Additional comment

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