[opensource] PDF Editing

BRIAN SWANEY swaney.29 at osu.edu
Fri Jan 26 17:56:37 EST 2007

Thanks for the advice, but...

I'm not rich, in fact, I'm very poor. I'm looking for an affordable way of editing her PDFs, not where I pay some guy a bunch of money for some software that I'll just have to buy again the next time I reformat.

By the way, I got a copy of OneNote from the NtSig thing at the involvement fair and haven't figured out how to use it (still). I hear about all these pieces of hardware it works with, but have none of those. I am trying to stick with open source methods of doing this stuff, if possible.

I spoke with her after class today about the LaTex source and she said that she doesn't feel comfortable giving out her source code to one student because that would be unfair to the rest and if she posted it, none of the Windows users (the majority of the class) would even be able to read it. Therefore, my options are limited to either printing stuff out in massive quantities for each class or finding some way of editing her notes from a PDF format. They are still limited in the pricey software too, as my hard drive is subject to massive deletion.

-Brian Swaney
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I saw a third-party app for Windows (about $50) that allowed users to open
and edit any PDF and convert it to Word format.  If you find a free software
solution I'd be interested.

I used to have trouble with this as well but then MS released an "Education
Pack" for my Tablet PC.  I've been using it for about 3 years taking notes
and recording every lecture.  In the first version it allowed users to
"Print to OneNote" which allowed annotation on top of images.  That was
workable, but not ideal.

OneNote 2007 (part of the MSDNAA) includes this as native functionality and
it works much better.  Any handouts that my professors give me are fed into
the document scanner hopper right after class and placed in the appropriate
OneNote folders.  For example, one professor is a bit of a neo-luddite and
only gave out the Syllabus on a sheet of paper.  It's stored as an image in
OneNote, but images are scanned with OCR by default so I can instantly find
text that's included in embedded images.

It also has the capability to scan recordings for words using voice
recognition and even recognizes common accents (Indian, Chinese, etc.)
giving the capability to scan audio for key words.

For the luddite professor, I usually just download the PDF of the PowerPoint
(WTF?!?) and dump it to OneNote for annotation during lecture.  I can also
start playing the lecture from the point of the annotation - rather than
having to jump around within the audio to find a key concept.

The Tablet I have is available online for about $800.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: BRIAN SWANEY [mailto:swaney.29 at osu.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2007 2:47 PM
> To: mark at marknoble.com
> Subject: Re: RE: [opensource] PDF Editing
> She purposely only does them half-way, so that students come to her
> lecture and fill in the rest. Being so long, and considering how often
> I'm staring at my computer screen, it will likely be better to edit
> them.
> She refuses to format them in any other way and told me to ask OIT for
> support with editing them (then got angry when I forwarded theior
> refusal). She also refuses to post them earlier than a few hours before
> class.
> -Brian Swaney

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