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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.

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