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Topic: Confused if Acrobat is enough, overkill and alternatives
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 128449
From: arenson
Date: 2/25/2005 12:44 PM


I have never needed to edit a PDF file until now....basically this is what I need:

- Ability to take a PDF file and open it, then change it--like one would a word processing document. Then save it either as a PDF document or something else.

PURPOSE: I have been trying to use an internet based fax and voicemail service, to get rid of my fax machine, and possibly my phone line together. Fax service ( will send mail to a real fax machine (my recipients). It will also send their real faxes to me as PDF. I want to open those PDF files and edit, then send back to their real fax machines.

From their point of view they are sending to my fax machine.

Well, I looked at JAWS. But it seems that only CREATOR works on the MAC, making me wonder if I will be able to open up the PDF files I receive from the fax service and edit them. I guess I would need the EDITOR, but that is only a WINDOWS product.

So looking around further I see extractors, but they seem to send to a graphic format. Or some will let me copy the text, but they are for WINDOWS too.

It seems, but is not clear, that Adobe, the original and expensive product, MAY do what I want, but the advertising and reviews scare me...overkill. I don't need most of the features, and it is still not clear that with Adobe Standard, for example, or Professional, I can take any PDF and just open it, then change sentences, spelling, add new sentences, and save EITHER to another PDF (which I can fax) or to some common word processing format.

If I have to buy Adobe, I will, but if there is something that does what I want without forcing me to get a whole lot of features i don't need (I am not sure if I ever need to create original PDFs--might be nice, but just not sure--), that is fine.

I am in Japan, by the way, though most, but not all of my work, will be in English on a system that includes Japanese fonts.


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