Editing a PDF w/ Acrobat (or anything that will work)?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ncdasa, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. ncdasa macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    I have a large PDF file (2000 some odd pages) of transcriptions that needs to be edited. THere are many spelling mistakes etc that i want to fix as i go through but i cant figure out how to edit the text i.e delete and retype, with Acrobat Pro or Preview or anything else. I downloaded 2 PDF editing apps but Iam having the same problem with them. They say they have editing capacity but only seems like you can insert corrections in floating windows ad stuff like that.

    I dont see the difficulty in just having a simple function that allows you to delete the original letters and then type something else in. Is this not possible or am I just completely lost and doing something wrong?

    I would just use textedit but when i open this document as a txt file it completely freezes up my computer because i guess its too big. it takes about 10 seconds for it to process simple things like scrolling down. The PDF is really fast about all that but then again i cant figure out how to edit it.

    Some one in the know please weigh in.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Was this file converted from a wordprocessor format like Word or Corel WordPerfect or was it scanned from hard copy. If it were scanned from hard copy, then it is not editable. You must OCR the document to editable text before you can edit it. This can be done using Acrobat Pro.

    If the PDF were created from a wordprocessor, then it is editable using Acrobat Pro. However, doing so is like emptying your swimming pool with a spoon. Convert the document to Word format.
  4. ncdasa thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2009

    It was originally typed in though some app like textedit or word. If i remember correctly i think i first converted it from .doc to .txt and then made it into a PDF. I know i made it into a PDF from .txt but iam not sure about the first part (.doc to .txt). Anyway I would assume it should be editable in a pdf reader but I have little to no experience with them so i cant figure it out.

    I would except like i said, when i open it in another format, even though the file is a lot smaller then the PDF, my computer cant wrap its head around it. Everything about it lags at least 10 or more seconds - scrolling, deleting, typing etc. If i could fix that i would do it although i do still like the set up for word searching a PDF a lot more.

    Anyway thanks for the help, keep it coming if there is more.

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