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December 15th, 2008, 04:50 PM
In the past I was able to print schematic diagrams for a friend on A2 or A3 sized paper. He has come back to me asking if I can further assist him. He has 5 A4 sheets which he can't read even with the aid of a magnifying glass.

Is there any software that will let me work with the PDF where I could cut it in half for the purposes of printing. Alternatively is it possible to save the PDF in another format that something like a F-Spot or Gimp could let me cut and print the sections I want.

Your assistance will be most appreciated.

December 15th, 2008, 05:11 PM
I don't think there is any native way to modify a pdf.
I believe that imagemagick can convert pdfs to images of various varieties, although you may need to play around with the settings to get the quality you want.

Here's the doc page for "convert" (the imagemagick tool to convert images)

You can install imagemagick from the repositories.

Also, Gimp can open pdfs and edit them (As images I would assume)

December 15th, 2008, 05:18 PM
My bad, double post

December 15th, 2008, 05:50 PM
Has anyone tried running Adobe Acrobat writer with Wine or crossover office. I am not sure that the latest release will work, but some of the older acrobat products should.

Hope this helps. :guitar: (http://www.weblearners.com/excel-training-dallas-tx.html)

December 15th, 2008, 06:21 PM

Many thanks for your reply. I had a look at what you say about Gimp and it permitted me to open the drawings. All I have to find out now is how to best approach the problem. That is tomorrows home work as I have a prior engagement.


As I am totally new to Ubunto I think I will go down the Gimp road as I have no idea about Wine or crossover office. Thanks nevertheless for your assistance. It is just that it is against my religion (devout coward) to venture too far off the straight and narrow path.

Once again thanks

December 15th, 2008, 06:22 PM
There is also pdfedit.

December 15th, 2008, 11:06 PM
No problem. I fully understand. Using wine can be a little confusing, especially if you have never used it before. But crossover is a little easier to use if you decide to go down that road later on.


Never tried gimp or pdfedit. I will have to check them out. Thanks ;) (http://www.weblearners.com/excel-training-denver-colorado.html)

December 16th, 2008, 12:07 AM
May I suggest you take a look at GUI for PDFTK

here is the link http://www.paehl.de/pdf/gui_pdftk.html

You don't really have to "install" it, just download the linux bin file, extract and run the executable. If memory serves, you need "libgdk-pixbuf2" and "pdftk", both of which you can get with Synaptic.

Good luck

December 16th, 2008, 12:29 AM
this is in ubuntus repository

December 16th, 2008, 10:08 AM
Silly Silly me!!

What I was attempting to produce is easily achievable. Take the A4 to a photocopier and blow it up at A3. This was one of those startling revalations last thing at night in bed. Having previously the right equipment it was easy to do but as I am retired the proper thought process was in sleep mode.

Your information is not wasted as it will come in handy for more text based aspects

My thanks again to everyone for their assistance.

Retires to corner and puts on conical hat with large "D"