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6. Dynamic PDF > 82. Integrate pdftk with gVim for Seamless PDF Editing

Integrate pdftk with gVim for Seamless PDF Editing

Turn gVim into a PDF editor.

gVim is an excellent text editor that can also be handy for viewing and editing PDF code. It handles binary data nicely, it is mature, and it is free. Also, you can extend it with plug-ins, which is what we’ll do. First, let’s download and install gVim.

Visit http://www.vim.org. The download page offers links and instructions for numerous platforms. Windows users can download the installer from http://www.vim.org/download.php. As of this writing, it is called gvim63.exe. During installation, the default settings should suit most needs. Click through to the end and it will create a Programs menu from which you can launch gVim.

The first-time gVim user should run gVim in Easy mode, which will make it behave like most other text editors. On Windows, do this by running gVim Easy from the Programs menu. Or, you can activate Easy mode from inside gVim by typing (the initial colon is essential) :source $VIMRUNTIME/evim.vim into your gVim session.


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