Few software applications make me mad, fewer still make me mad enough to vent on a community forum. Adobe Acrobat is the exception.
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't acrobat the primary tool for creating and editing PDF's? If so then why is doing something as simple as removing or adding an image so stupidly hard to figure out how to do?
I am using Adobe Acrobat X (at a cost of over $400). I have loaded up a PDF that I would like to edit. I can select an image and when I right click on it I can copy or "save as" the image just fine. But please for the love of god tell me why the developers did not put a "remove" option in the right click context menu. I am a programmer and I know a lot of programmers. It seems to me that some committee had to have a meeting and go a long way out of their way to specifically tell the programmers to NOT put that option in. In makes no sense at all expect to piss off users.
But not only is "remove image" or "insert image" not in some handy to find location. It isn't ANYWHERE as far as I can tell. So please tell me what kind of "PDF EDITOR" is Acrobat if I can not insert an image in my document? It boggles my weak mind.
In addition to ranting I would also like an answer to this simple question if anyone knows.
How do I insert or remove an image??
Use Edit Content. You can remove images with that like other content. Adding is another story. But you can use the same tool to copy/paste from another PDF. Yes, Acrobat isn't much of an editor. It's a desperate last resort for when the original is lost and no amount of begging or restoring will get it back.
Thanks to both of you for replying. I can look at pro but I can't beleive that even the most stingiest user-hating MBA would put inserting images only in the "Pro" version of the companies flagship PDF editing software. But maybe the world is more full of user-hating MBA's then I think.
I suspect that if I install XI Pro trial it will break my X standard install in some weird way so I am reluctant.
Probably be easier to use one of the good free editors to make my trivial changes, then reopen it in Acrobat to turn on extended features. Either that or pay the $200 upgrade so I can acces the super advanced pro feature like "insert image".
Another way to add an image that will work with Acrobat Standard (I'm assuming that's what you're using) it to create a button, don't use any background or border color, and set its layout to "Icon only". You can then specify any image (or other type of content) as the icon and resize/move/etc. so it appears as you want. You should set it to be read-only and perhaps flatten it so it is no longer a button but part of the regular page contents.
You have a basic (but common) misconception about Acrobat. It's not a "PDF editor" in the sense that Photoshop is an "image editor" or Word is a "documents editor".
PDF files were not meant to be edited at all at this level after you create them. The fact that Acrobat does offer such editing tools is a "bonus" and should only be used as a last resort.
Basically, once you've created a PDF if you want to edit its underlying content you need to go back to the original file format, edit it there, and then create a new PDF. You can then use the Replace Pages command in Acrobat to preserve any fields, annotations, links, etc. that you've created in the old version.
Thanks for your insight Gilad. I agree that this is probably a usful way of looking at it, but respectfully I am not sure that I agree that it needs to be that way or was even intended to be that way. The intention was to be portable, being "hard" to edit may have been only been a byproduct of their orignal design decisions.
However, I just downloaded an App called Inkscape and it was effortless to select the image and then hit the delete key just as one would expect. If it is so easy for a 3rd party to provide this feature then why not for Adobe the original developer? I strongly suspect that the reasons are more "business" related.
In economic terms I think it is pretty obvious that they are exploiting their market position to engage in "rent seeking". It is morally wrong and stifles innovation. I can only suspect that working at Adobe would suck as this kind of thinking invades every corner of a corporate culture.
For me as a customer it makes me think incredible poorly of them. Every single click I make while trying to do this simlpy task of replacing an image makes me resent them more and more. And I know they don't care because they did their risk analysis and know that they are maximizing thier profits. The fact that they don't give a **** that I hate them while using their product just makes me even madder.
ps: As I suspected I can only install XI Pro trial if I first uninstall my X standard. So I can't even confirm if the new version does this oh so basic task without a bunch of extra work.
I didn't claim it was an intentional "feature" of PDF files. Your'e probably right, it's simply a by-product of the way the files are created and of their complex structure.
With Acrobat XI Pro removing an image (in most cases) is very simple. Go to Tools - Content Editing and select "Edit Text & Images". Select the image object and press Delete.
Yup the solution was to upgrade to version 11 Pro.
The Adobe Development team must be very proud of themselves. After 20 years and 11 versions the product that they advertise as being able to "Create and Edit PDF's" Can now add or remove images from PDF's. A marvel of innovation and technical acheivement. Keep up the good work guys!