> Transfer and edit PDFs
I need to edit some old PDF files that I previously created using Serif’s PagePlus X9 program for Windows. Are there any Mac apps that will allow me to edit them as PDF files while preserving their existing fonts?
There are several excellent Mac apps which will edit PDF documents, ranging from PDFpenPro ( smilesoftware.com) to the full version of Adobe’s Acrobat DC. 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 DC ( bit.ly/adbeacro) and other apps enable 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 DC and its ilk don’t give the same control over the layout and content as apps like PagePlus and Pages do.
If you want to work on fully editable documents made from PDFs, your best option is to use QuarkXPress ( quark.com); this app can analyse the contents of a PDF and convert it into text and other objects within a properly editable page layout.
You’ll 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.