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disciple

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PostPosted: Sun 06 May 2012, 08:40    Post subject:  

I don't think pdfedit can add bookmarks or links. I think there are low level tools to do both of these, but I can't remember where to find them.
For guis you are probably best to try jpdfbookmarks (java!) and pdfmod (mono!) - I think both of these can add bookmarks. I doubt either can add links though... and I wouldn't be surprised if they are less robust than Foxit via Wine.

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Disco Makberto

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jun 2012, 08:31    Post subject:  

While we are at it, does anybody know if pdfedit can remove the search index of a pdf file? I have some "small" (2 to 4 pages) pdf files with search indexes, and, to be honest with you, combining search indexes with small files like these is annoying, I think.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jun 2012, 23:04    Post subject:  

What is the search index?
Do you mean the bookmarks?

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2012, 01:00    Post subject:  

Hey, disciple!

A search index in PDF's is, more or less, a search tool in the left column of the document (once the PDF is open) by virtue of which searches of the document can be made. It is embedded into the document, so technically it is not part of the document (or part of the actual pages). Thus, a PDF without a search index is simply a plain PDF without this search tool.

After some research, I think that "pdfedit" cannot remove a search index, but the situation could be different with "pdf chain". I will report back after testing.

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2012, 02:19    Post subject:  

Oh, maybe I have seen pdfs like that. They certainly aren't common.

I suspect using anything like Pdfshuffler would remove it automatically. But have you tried the "flatten" feature in pdfedit?

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jun 2012, 01:24    Post subject:  

Hi again, disciple!

>Oh, maybe I have seen pdfs like that. They certainly aren't common.

And search indexes are indeed useful when the pages are approaching ten or more than ten, I would say. However, in the case of a few pages such as mine (two to four), I think it is rather a nuisance.

>I suspect using anything like Pdfshuffler would remove it automatically.

Do you have any idea about how? And by automatic, you mean after re-saving it?

>But have you tried the "flatten" feature in pdfedit?

I installed PDFEdit, but it didn't work. I was also able to install PDF Chain, and again, I could not find a way.

At this point, I was sort of depressed because I didn't want to come back to Windows for this task as I don't like Windows, not to mention that my Windows is not working as it should. Then, I installed Xournal, tried it, and...voila! I was successful! Yaa-hoo! I just needed to open a PDF with a search index in Xournal and then "export to PDF" (re-save it). For some reason, Xournal opens a PDF with a search index as plain PDF (no search index), so it was just a matter of re-saving it.

I hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jun 2012, 04:49    Post subject:  

Disco Makberto wrote:
Hi again, disciple!

>Oh, maybe I have seen pdfs like that. They certainly aren't common.

And search indexes are indeed useful when the pages are approaching ten or more than ten, I would say.

Is it more useful than the Ctrl-Shift-F search bar in Adobe reader, that most people don't know about?

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>I suspect using anything like Pdfshuffler would remove it automatically.

Do you have any idea about how? And by automatic, you mean after re-saving it?

Yes.

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>But have you tried the "flatten" feature in pdfedit?

I installed PDFEdit, but it didn't work.

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At this point, I was sort of depressed because I didn't want to come back to Windows for this task as I don't like Windows, not to mention that my Windows is not working as it should. Then, I installed Xournal, tried it, and...voila! I was successful! Yaa-hoo! I just needed to open a PDF with a search index in Xournal and then "export to PDF" (re-save it). For some reason, Xournal opens a PDF with a search index as plain PDF (no search index), so it was just a matter of re-saving it.

Well, it's not that it opens it as a plain PDF. Xournal isn't a true PDF editor - it exports a completely new PDF. And the search index is a proprietary Adobe feature than nothing else knows how to create, so you would have got the same result by importing into anything else that can import PDFs (e.g. openoffice or inkscape maybe) and exporting.

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Jun 2012, 03:09    Post subject:  

Re: Search index

>Is it more useful than the Ctrl-Shift-F search bar in Adobe reader, that most >people don't know about?

I don't know. I haven't tried that.

Re: Xournal

>Well, it's not that it opens it as a plain PDF. Xournal isn't a true PDF editor >it exports a completely new PDF.

Yes, I was thinking in those lines.

>And the search index is a proprietary Adobe feature than nothing else >knows how to create,

Well, in that case, I think that Abobe licenses it because I know of some tools that can create a search index on a PDF file.

>so you would have got the same result by importing into anything else that >can import PDFs (e.g. openoffice or inkscape maybe) and exporting.

I think you could be right, but I am happy with Xournal.

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PostPosted: Sat 11 Aug 2012, 01:51    Post subject:    

Successfully installed on Slacko 5.3.3 using pdfedit 4.5 pet and libqt pet. It won't open a pdf, but terminates.
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PostPosted: Sat 11 Aug 2012, 07:06    Post subject:  

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It won't open a pdf, but terminates


On fatslacko works for me. If you open a console, and run pdfedit on the commandline, when you try to open a PDF, what error is given?
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Aug 2012, 18:35    Post subject:    

Thanks Muggins, I don't know what the difficulty was, but all seems to be well now. Maybe starting it first in terminal like you suggested. Then there was no problem starting from the start menu after that. Transient indefinite operator error, probably.
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