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Acrobat X Std and Pro - PDF editing comparison

If I have Acrobat X Std, can I edit PDF files that I did not create, or will I need to have Acrobat X Pro?

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Jim


JIM WADSWORTH 776 days ago


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Refer to Acrobat X Standard's online Help.
It describes what Acrobat X Standard can do and the tools available within Standard.


For Editing PDFs start here:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/acrobat/standard/using/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd6151097
94195ff-7cd0.w.html


The discussion on editing text and objects begins here:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/acrobat/standard/using/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd6151097
94195ff-7c7e.w.html


What is all to often overlooked/ignored is the statement on the "Choosing a tool" page.
"A common misconception about PDF documents is that they should behave like any other document that contains images and text, letting you freely move or edit items on a page. A PDF is like a snapshot of your original document. You can perform minor touch-ups, but if your PDF requires substantial revision, it’s easier to make changes to the source document and regenerate the PDF."

It cannot be stated strongly enough that only *minor* changes to small text strings on the PDF page are supported.

Why?
PDF is not designed to support "editing" of content, layout, or format such as one is used to when using a word processor or page layout application.
What PDF "is" can be ascertained from a close read if the ISO standard for PDF (ISO 32000).
Consequently Acrobat (or other apps for that matter) only support *minor* edits.


Your client will be able to use the Edit Text tool available with Acrobat X Standard.
This tool lets one perform *minor* edits to text strings.
Expect to do this to a few words at a time and at best a complete line.
The tool's capabilities are *not* comparable to what one is used to in a word processor.


Even when doing *minor* edits it is best to save often and even save as to a new file name.
It is all too easy to goober the PDF page content (and the PDF).


Best Practice for a success path is to always perform content, format, layout edits in the source authoring file. Then output a new PDF for collection of Comment/Markup annotations via a Shared Review.

With either FrameMaker or MS Word one can do "round trips" of Comments between the a single, master authoring file and the output PDF.
However, this requires the use of Acrobat X Pro.


Be well...


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David Austin answered 776 days ago  |   Comments (2)  |  New Comment

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Thanks david.

I had viewed that matrix beforehand, but all the links from that to explain in detail how to do this task, went to Acrobat Pro sites - which prompted my query.

As i have to recommend to a client which version to use, and the cost differential between the 2 versions is substantial, I need a definitive statement on the capabilities of Acrobat X Standard when it comes to PDF editing of others output...

Thanks again for your help.

Regards

Jim

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Sorry David...didn't mean to Report that answer...it made my life a wsee bit easier...don't know if my client will appreciate it, but I do.

Thanks again

Jim

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