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    Lightbulb Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Hi again!

    I want to migrate from Win to Linux and have to change some procedures for this. For example, I have to do some basic .pdf manipulations:

    - Merge some .pdf's in a single .pdf
    - Add page to .pdf from scanner
    - Add some basic comments (in Adobe Acrobat I use Text fields)
    - Add a password to open the file (compatible to Acrobat Reader).
    - Done. :-)

    I think all these basic things could be done in Libroffice Writer, can anybody confirm this, before I spend some hours with trial and error? :-)

    If there is another, better software to achieve this, would be nice to get a hint in the right direction.

    Many thanks in advance
    Kind regards

    raspu

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Sorry I can't answer questions 1 to 3. But for adding a password to a pdf file I use the package pdftk (with a front end from packman {pdftk-qgui}).

    http://packman.links2linux.org/packa...tk-qgui/757945

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Quote Originally Posted by dth2 View Post
    Sorry I can't answer questions 1 to 3. But for adding a password to a pdf file I use the package pdftk (with a front end from packman {pdftk-qgui}).

    http://packman.links2linux.org/packa...tk-qgui/757945
    I use pdf24 (free and opensource) with wine that works very well but I never used for password
    or PDF editor I suppose native for linux but it doesn't works very well, I prefere pdf24

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Tested Libreoffice Draw. There can you add comment, drag-and-drop pages (add, delete, order).
    Password can be set when exporting as pdf, security, add password.
    Don't know about scanning
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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    pdf is not meant to be an editable format
    unless you have the same fonts used in the original pdf file the output form libreoffice will not look the same
    for simple pdf tweaks you can use pdftk (search yast or zypper for it) it's a command line tool but there are several gui front ends
    if you want an acrobat like app you can try
    Master PDF Editor
    https://code-industry.net/free-pdf-editor/
    I think the free version has all the features you asked for
    Code:
    zypper in http://get.code-industry.net/public/master-pdf-editor3-3.7.10-1.x86_64.rpm
    the above link may change so download the latest to your pc and install locally

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Hi together!

    Still fighting with Libreoffice Draw. HARD fight... Work I get done in Acrobat in 5 min I can't get done in 3 hours now. Sigh...

    This Master PDF Editor looks nice, too, but what do they mean by:

    Following functions are locked in free version:

    • "Paste to Multiple Pages"
    • "Save Optimized As..."
    • "Document Actions"
    • "Document JavaScript"
    • "Page Properties"
    • "Signing PDF with digital signature"
    "Document actions"? Any kind of .pdf manipulation (add/shuffle pages from other .pdf files etc.?)? Does anybody use the full version?
    Kind regards

    raspu

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Quote Originally Posted by suse_rasputin View Post
    Hi together!

    Still fighting with Libreoffice Draw. HARD fight... Work I get done in Acrobat in 5 min I can't get done in 3 hours now. Sigh...>:)

    This Master PDF Editor looks nice, too, but what do they mean by:
    Following functions are locked in free version:


    • "Paste to Multiple Pages"
    • "Save Optimized As..."
    • "Document Actions"
    • "Document JavaScript"
    • "Page Properties"
    • "Signing PDF with digital signature"




    "Document actions"? Any kind of .pdf manipulation (add/shuffle pages from other .pdf files etc.?)? Does anybody use the full version?
    if you use those functions with the free version of the app it will embed a waternark in all pages of the outputted document.
    Document actions are javascripts that are run when you open or close the document, they are only available if the reader supports javasctripts not all readers support them and most block pdf javascript, javascripting never really took off in pdf's
    I haven't tried the full version as I don't need it, page reshuffling works well in the free version (it can be done several ways the simplest seams to be in the page thumb panel, by moving the page thumbs the pages are moved within the document)
    If you have a valid copy of acrobat you can install it in wine, I haven't tried with acrobat but wine installs and runs SumatraPDF quite nice, you'd need to run the acrobat installer with wine and wine will do the rest, it will even create a new acrobat shortcut and add acrobat to the open with menu for pdf files.

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    Yup, valid license for Acrobat available, but WINE is the very last option. I always try to solve problems with software onboard already. ;-)

    That's why I keep on fighting with Draw, making some good progress in the meantime, might be that this is already the solution (even adding a password on exporting the file is possible, apparently). Hopefully. Otherwise I will download and try one or the other software I now have on my recommendations list here.

    Thanks for now, I keep on look for the best solution...
    Kind regards

    raspu

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    wine works great
    the recommended way to read interactive pdf's on Linux is to install the current Adobe Reader under wine, as I said wine will make a launcher in the main menu, editing pdf's with LibreOffice is bad practice as it's not direct pdf editing but a conversion from a fixed layout to odf then back to pdf there is data lost in those extra conversions.
    I've installed paint shop under wine and it works great, as I said I have SumatraPDF installed and use it for reading cbr and epub files (I don't like Okular for those formats) and it's quite fast, I mean Steam Machines use wine to run hardware intensive games.

    If I remember correctly Adobe released Acrobat viii as abandonware a few years back you can try that, seeing that Adobe released the pdf format at the level of Acrobat 8 (pdf 1.7) newer versions of Acrobat don't add anything to the pdf format you can stay with viii
    https://dottech.org/93115/free-adobe...io-2-and-more/

    https://web.archive.org/web/20130108...ads/index.html

    You can always use pdftk to uncompress the pdf then edit it with a simple text editor like vim

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    Default Re: Simple .pdf manipulation - Libreoffice Writer?

    You can always try a web service like Dochub
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dochub
    if you don't mind sharing your data with the world click bellow (if you have an Acrobat license I still think wine is your best choice)
    https://dochub.com/

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