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PDF files with lines & rectangles in Preview work like forms
Authored by: eyeless on Aug 09, '12 08:27:35AM

Just noted that PDFs created with Microsoft Office 2007 on PCs can now be opened correctly with Preview, while they could not earlier be opened without Adobe Reader (correctly), so some things have changed ... .



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PDF files with lines & rectangles in Preview work like forms
Authored by: fferitt25 on Aug 14, '12 08:43:56AM

That might have simply been some update you didn't run.

I deal with Word and WordX Docs all day long using Mac Office 08 and Win Office 07 (for the past 10 months) - converting to PDF for various reasons.

I get formatting issues - but that's typically because someone has done some crazy formatting on a newer version and it breaks either on the older software or going from Mac to Win.

As Reader and Preview are nearly interchangeable with PDF Files.


AS FOR the Topic:
Preview in older versions - the only editing I ever have found was a quick fix to move pages around or add / delete pages in a multipage PDF file. But yeah no go for content tweaks via older Preview versions.

Probably since they named the Application "Preview". But sounds like they are adding in editing capabilities witht the newer versions - so I wouldn't be surprised at some point if they rename it.

I'm still stuck in SNL (so for now I can check the old stuff)



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PDF files with lines & rectangles in Preview work like forms
Authored by: eyeless on Aug 14, '12 01:27:51PM

Yes, my comment was slight off topic, but one thing I also wanted to note was that Adobe Reader is still mostly necessary on the Mac for the simple reason that it still can handle more variants of PDF files, but also wanted to note with my comment that Preview is getting closer to make Adobe Reader totally redundant. We also tested the PDF in a a previous version of Preview where it was not possible to open, while it was possible to open with the latest version of Preview (and on both systems with later versions of Adobe Reader it was readable). A quick search on the web also reveals that it has been well known that many PDFs created in MS Office 2007 (Windows) does not play well with previous versions of Preview. MS Office 2007 does something odd when it creates PDFs (at least with certain formatting). So the point is that one can always try Adobe Reader if a PDF does not look good in Preview, but that you will more likely not have this problem with the latest version of Preview.



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