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PDF files were not meant to be edited in this way. It works well for some, but not others.
Basically you need to go back to the original file format used to create the PDF, edit it, and then create a new one.
If that's not possible you can try exporting the PDF to an editable format, like MS Word, and then edit it there and finally convert to a new PDF when done. Make sure to keep a copy of the Word file, in case you want to edit it further in the future.
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The Acrobat editing functions work reasonably well for "good" PDF files. In your case, I assume you are dealing with a file that has problems. Acrobat is able to display the file correctly, but once it needs access to more information in the PDF file in order to edit it, things go wrong. Try67's advice about always keeping the original file around is very important. Unfortunately that's not much help when you are trying to edit a file that you did not create yourself.
If exporting the file to MS Word does not work (which I would expect, based on the state of the PDF file), then saving the PDF document as a series of high resolution TIFF images, importing these images back into Acrobat, running OCR, and then editing may be your only option.
Okay. I figured this was going to be the answer, but I hoped I was wrong. This is a book and the files were create by Tate Publishing, which went out of business before they published the book. I am trying to help the author publish them on Amazon.com, these are the files that Tate Publishing gave him. I have no contact with Tate, so I can't request the source files if they still have them.
No. I cannot edit either. Bought "PRO" to do wedding invitations. edit tool only 'moves' page around.
tutorial video unhelpful. my file will not edit - (except on right click - which is very limited -)
either not a good program, or not a good tutorial!
1. open file
2. click 'edit pdf' tool
3. click text or image you wish to edit - OOPS!! NOPE!! this gives me a cross-hatch mouse pointer that ONLY moves the entire page around..
That means the entire page is an image (probably a scanned one).
the entire page is pdf? that's not my doing... the program did it when i saved - to your program, in your files, in your format.
this is a poor program for me to use for wedding invitations.
- i deleted 'reader' so that would not affect anything... i changed 'properties' to ensure 'dc pro' is default.
it still does NOT WORK!
(entire page moves with cross hatch pointer.)
thanks for your reply and advice - but like your tutorials - it is useless to me inediting my wedding invitation.
How did you create the PDF file?