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    Default How do I open/edit PDF files?

    I have some pdf files on a usb stick which I want to edit, Evince cannot do this, and if I try to open in Libre there is no option to import pdf there either. Is there an app. or plugin for libre to allow this.

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    Short answer, not really.
    Long answer, see any pdf editor for opensuse 11.3?

    What you may be better off is using an online service like this or any of many similar sites, worked better than libreoffice (layout issues) or gimp (rasterize everything) when I tried it.

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    you can use PDF Studio. It's a commercial app. Or you can use pdfedit, pdfchain etc. Last 2 are free & opensource.
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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    thanks i'ii give them a go

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    A lot depends on what you want to do with them; broadly speaking you cannot edit them in the normal understanding of the word but, for example, I have used Scribus to complete a single page form that came as a PDF. I have also made a screenshot of a single page, put it in a graphics program and then overlaid the original with text in a foreign language and exported that to PDF so that it looked as if it had been edited but hadn't. I've also separated and combined PDF pages for different purposes. And I've exported a complete book as text from a PDF, loaded it into LyX/LaTeX, edited it in that and then exported it as a fresh PDF. So there is a variety of ways of getting round not having a PDF editor as such if you want to do particular tasks.

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    Thanks, really its just pretty basic text editing that I want to do, I'll give pdfedit a go.

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    OK, I'm trying to install PDFedit, I've unzipped it and ran configure after installing 'boost' files, configure seemed to run well until I got this message right at the end, what do I do now!

    checking whether we want to prepare pdfedit-core-dev package... no
    checking whether we want to build PDFedit gui... yes
    configure: error: QTDIR environment variable must be set



    How is the QTDIR variable set

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    Be advised that some PDFs are protected against those kind of things, and some are even just images.... so it's really a case to case issue... For the most, you won't be able to edit PDF's like a normal document, either in Linux or Windows... (Yeah, I know there is Acrobat, but it works when it works and that's it...)

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    jimt123 wrote:
    > checking whether we want to prepare pdfedit-core-dev package... no
    > checking whether we want to build PDFedit gui... yes
    > configure: error: QTDIR environment variable must be set

    I cannot annswer your question but pdfedit is available from her
    http://software.opensuse.org
    for openSUSE.

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    Default Re: How do I open/edit PDF files?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimt123 View Post
    OK, I'm trying to install PDFedit, I've unzipped it and ran configure after installing 'boost' files, configure seemed to run well until I got this message right at the end, what do I do now!
    I can't help with your custom compilation efforts of pdfedit.

    But I am puzzled over why you don't instead install it from an rpm already built ? Did you search for here? - software.opensuse.org: Search Results

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