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Howard Oak­ley solves Mac and iOS is­sues

Q I need to edit some old doc­u­ments cre­ated us­ing Serif’s PagePlus X9 pro­gram for Win­dows. Are there Mac apps, which will al­low me to edit them as PDF files while pre­serv­ing their fonts? by Br i a n C av e There are sev­eral ex­cel­lent Mac apps A which will edit PDF doc­u­ments, rang­ing from PDFPen Pro to the full ver­sion of Adobe’s Acro­bat CC. How­ever, PDF isn’t a for­mat which is in­tended to sup­port much in the way of edit­ing, and you may be bet­ter off sav­ing your doc­u­ments in another for­mat such as EPS, if you can.

Acro­bat CC and oth­ers al­low you to make ad­just­ments to pages in a PDF doc­u­ment, cor­rec­tions, and to ex­port the el­e­ments of each page. You could, for ex­am­ple, copy or save the text and graph­ics and then as­sem­ble them in another page lay­out app, such as Pages. How­ever, Acro­bat CC and the like don’t give the same con­trol over the lay­out and con­tent in the way that PagePlus or Pages do.

If you wanted to work on fully ed­itable doc­u­ments from PDF files, at present your best op­tion would be to use QuarkXPress; QuarkXPress can an­a­lyse the con­tents of the PDF and con­vert it into text and other ob­jects within a proper ed­itable page lay­out.

You’ll also need the same or com­pat­i­ble fonts in­stalled on your Mac, or all the text on ev­ery page will have to be re­flowed to ac­com­mo­date the change to a dif­fer­ent font.

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