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Editing PDF's in the portal

  Asked By: Marlin    Date: Feb 18    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1298

We have a client with a requirement that the document library store
pdf's but allow them to be checked out and edited like the Office
docs. He has Acrobat installed and can edit the docs normally but when
he retrieves from the portal, they are always read only.
What would it take to modify the system to allow editing of PDF's?



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Alphonso Mckay     Answered On: Feb 18

I think he needs the ability
to select "Edit in Adobe Acrobat" from the drop down list for the
document, similar to how we select "Edit in Microsoft Word".

Not sure how to do it, but I'm thinking that opening the document  in
it's native application should do the trick. But I've also seen where a
document is not checked  out and is opened in Read-Only mode, but changes
made can still be saved.

Answer #2    Answered By: Daron Oneill     Answered On: Feb 18

There is an SPS HOL (hands on lab) that specifically talks about how to add new menu items to the drop down. I'm sure the SPS HOLs are available publicly.

...but as Bill mentions, you may not need to do anything special if the PDF will open in Acrobat.

Answer #3    Answered By: M Juarez     Answered On: Feb 18

In our system  we have found that pdfs  opened from the site invariable
want to open framed in internet explorer.

We have two ways of dealing with it right now.

Our SOP for minor changes is to go to the doc library, switch into
explore view, copy to a holding/editing directory, open from there
and edit, save,then copy and paste back into the library.

Since the nature of the pdf does not lend itself to editing  easily in
acrobat, this task is done rarely. Or put another way, editing in
acrobat is a pain in the tush.

More often than not the original source file is edited  in its native
program and then converted to a new pdf with the same name which is
then saved right over the old one.

I know its not the answer you were looking for, but it is how we deal
with it.

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