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Chapter TEN. Touching Up and Modifying a... > TIP 84: Editing Text in a PDF

TIP 84: Editing Text in a PDF

Here's a common scenario: You send deluxe information packages in PDF format to a select few clients. To customize the packages with the recipients' names, you could generate multiple source documents. But do you have to make separate PDF files for each client? Or suppose you publish a catalog and want to maintain a current date on the catalog whenever you send it to your prospective clients. Do you have to re-create the PDF each time you need to modify the date?

Consider the Source

Sometimes the touch-up results aren't what you expect. It isn't Acrobat's fault; it's related to what you used in the source program. For example, many Word documents contain bold or italic text. Or so it appears. In reality this is probably just a bold or italic text appearance. Unless you are using a bold or italic font (Arial Bold or Arial Italic, for example), when you try to touch up text in Acrobat you won't have an exact match for the replacement font since Acrobat doesn't simulate a bold or italic appearance.

The solution is simple. Before converting a document to PDF, check the fonts you are using. If the fonts and font faces you use are embedded and subset, you can predictably make changes to the text in Acrobat. Font embedding and subsetting are covered in Tip 48, in Chapter 6.



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