Edit PDF files with Inkscape

Editing PDF files.

Adobe Acrobat is a PDF editor. Unfortunately Adobe Acrobat refuses to handle fonts that are missing among the computer system fonts. A solution would be to find out what fonts are used in that particular PDF and purchase them. It could cost $500..$700. Foxit Phantom PDF editor is able to reuse embedded fonts, however if a particular character is not used in the PDF before, you have to substitute this with some other font. That messes text editing up. You can still buy missing fonts. Also Foxit Phantom PDF editor handles images strangely. These two programs are suitable for only minor tweaks in PDF documents.

Inkscape is a handy tool for more complex PDF editing. Inkscape is freeware, an open source SVG graphics editor released under the GPL.

To edit PDF with Inkscape, 2 aspects

Inkscape PDF

Inkscape problem with some PDF files

When opening a PDF with Inkscape some characters are missing.

Resulting PDF is way too large for web

Uncompressed PDF Output. At this time, it looks as if Inkscape only outputs uncompressed PDF output. Once you export or print a PDF, look at its file size. If it is too large for your application, reduce it.

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