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Re: editing a PDF [Re: emacs 30.5.0 editing epub]

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Subject: Re: editing a PDF [Re: emacs 30.5.0 editing epub]
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2023 17:57:06 -0400
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On 3/21/23 7:51 AM, Ulrich Deiters wrote:
You can try to convert PDF to PostScript, e.g., with pdf2ps, pdftops, …
PostScript is human-readable and can be edited with emacs.

Depending how the PDF code was created, however, the PostScript code
may be difficult to interpret, or even contain blocks of binary code.
Unless you recognize some strings like

     … (some text) show …

which can eventually be modified, it is risky to make changes. As Yuri
stated, PDF (or PostScript) code is meant to be executed. Changes might
result in a buggy code, and then the interpreter or the printer will balk.

Ugghhh. You and Yuri have made me dislike PDFs even more than before. Yet still those executable(s) could be reverse-engineered. Better than that, what FOSS app(s) would be happy replacement for the Acrobat-Industrial Complex?

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