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Date:      Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:31:37 -0400
From:      Xiao-Yong Jin <xj2106@columbia.edu>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: pdf editor
Message-ID:  <86zmclqhyu.fsf@presario.homeunix.org>
In-Reply-To: <20060927131403.GA18332@mech-aslap33.men.bris.ac.uk> (Anton Shterenlikht's message of "Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:14:03 +0100")
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Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk> writes:

>> Maybe it's time to reconsider the nature of that itch?  PDF was never 
>> meant to be edited (except peripherally), and most definitely not in the 
>> sense that you're thinking.  Consider it a FINAL "print" format, like an 
>> image that's long since left the photographer, his studio and his camera 
>> and now exists only as a JPG on a hard drive.
>>  
>
> Agreed. But what if I'm writing a paper for a scientific journal
> in latex on my freebsd and my coauthors just can't be persuaded to
> use anything that's not already exist on their windows PCs? I find
> the results of latex2html or latex2rtf of poor quality (even for
> editing purposes), i.e. lots of errors, problems with references,
> etc. Maybe I need to learn how to use these tools better.
>
> Lately I was sending them pdfs and got in reply some pdfs that can
> only be viewed properly with the latest acrobat, and their comments
> are only visible on the screen anyway and cannot at all be printed.
>
> So what do I do? More broadly, what is the solution for cross-
> platform (*nix - windows - vms) editing of a complex document, with
> lots of maths, line plots and raster images?

I think any kind of mark-up file format that is open will do.
Such as LaTeX.  Graphics is the hard part, any way.

Xiao-Yong

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