Xournal: how to use for an existing pdf?

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 04:19:23 UTC 2011

On 12/06/2011 10:57 PM, Craig White wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-12-06 at 08:24 -0500, LinuxIsOne wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have just installed Xournal, but how can I edit the pdf when I open
>> it from Xournal, the eraser etc.. functions are how to be used for
>> editing the existing pdf file?
> ----
> I think that you probably need an overview understanding of the PDF
> format itself.
> A PDF file can incorporate many technologies and depending upon the
> contents of a pdf file, various tools (most of them mentioned in the
> thread) will have varying ability to edit the pdf file and the one that
> is most likely to succeed is Adobe Acrobat itself, which to my
> knowledge, is only available for Windows or Macintosh. What you will
> find is that Adobe Acrobat is only moderately effective for
> maintaining/editing PDF files.
> Perhaps the best concept for dealing with pdf files is to consider them
> only as a final form document and you use programs such as OpenOffice,
> LibreOffice or Scribus as your working documents and then export them to
> PDF. Then if you need to update the PDF, you go back to your original
> document in the other program, update it and then export to PDF again.

That is what I was trying to get to the OP. If he created the files, 
usually using something like OO, then he can edit the original files and 
re-create the PDF's. If he's trying to edit someone else's pdf file, 
which they considered final, getting permission to edit them might be a 
proper courtesy and just maybe they will give him the original document, 
before it was made into a PDF, with the right to approve his edit and 
receive a copy... just as the GPL states. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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