Welcome--and the answer is no as regards editing the PDF.
If I were tasked with this where variable data had to be present, I would design it in such a way that the brochures could be pre-printed. Then I would set up a Word document that had a text frame(s) where the sales people entered the variable data and print to the pre-printed brochures.
Or, the brochure is simply the brochure, pricing and other variable data is not part of the brochure. And the sales people would use the method which has been used for eons--a cover letter.
Could one design an application, desktop app/Win8 app/web app that could allow the sales people to add what they need into it and spit out a PDF with all the data? Sure. How much does the company want to spend?
Take care, Mike
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
The brochure is for digital use only, so I would need to find a way to edit it directly. It's only a simple edit, but I think I've found something.
In the meantime, I'm using the (newly free!) version of Acrobat Pro 7 and using the TouchUp Text tool. Luckily the whole document displays correctly, and edits can be made. Although there are some limitations.
For anyone having this issue you can download Acrobat Pro 7, along with the rest of CS2 totally free here: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html
This solution seems quite strong, but if anyone has a better solution, I'd love to hear it!
Luke, you are my hero. This is the exact sort of solution I was looking for.
Now the PDF can be edited in Adobe Reader for free and can be 'printed' as a PDF to stop it being editable when sent to clients.
I'm very pleased we can now send professional looking docs and delete all the horrid .doc files that used to go out.