Able2Extract Editing Panel
The Able2Extract Editing Panel is activated when the application is in PDF Editing mode. This panel appears on the right hand side of the main PDF viewing window. It provides you with conveniently accessible options for instantly modifying your PDF content.
PDF Content Editing Options
As part of Able2Extract's Text editing features, you get the ability to add, delete and modify content directly on the PDF page. All formatting and style changes made to content objects - namely vector graphic shapes, bitmap images and text, are immediately visible until the document is closed. To preserve the modifications made to your content, you will need to save the changes using the Save or Save As functionality.
To add text to your PDF content, click on the Add Text icon. Then click on the page where you want to insert new text. A green box will appear where you can type in your text as needed.
Adding Shapes (Vector Graphics)
Able2Extract now allows you to add vector graphic shapes directly to your PDF. To add vector graphics onto a PDF page, click on the Add Shape icon. A pop up dialog will appear displaying the graphic shapes that are available. Select the shape you wish to add and click where you want it inserted on the PDF page.
You can then specify the location and size of the shape to be inserted in 2 ways:
- Click on the page where you want the shape placed
- Click and drag the mouse on the page to draw a rectangle to define the size of the image
Note that if you are using the first method to add your vector graphic shape the default shape size will be used.
Adding Bitmap Graphics (Images)
Able2Extract will allow you to add bitmap image formats, including BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF (for animated GIFs with more than one frame, only the first frame will be inserted) and TIFF (for TIFF files containing several pages, only the first page will be inserted). To insert a bitmap image from your computer, click on the Add Bitmap icon. In the open dialog that appears, browse for and select the image you wish to insert and click on Open.
Using the same method for inserting vector graphic shapes, you can specify the location and size of the image:
- Click on the page where you want the image placed
- Click and drag the mouse on the page to draw a rectangle to define the size of the image
Note that if you are using the first method to import your bitmap graphic images, the default bitmap size will be used.
With Able2Extract, you can also export the image into an external bitmap file if needed. The supported destination bitmap formats are: BMP (*.bmp), JPG (*.jpg), PNG (*.png), TIFF (*.tif). Simply right click on the image and select the Export option from the context menu that appears. Then in the Save As dialog, specify the name, location and output format of your image file.
Note: To exit either the AddText, Add Bitmap or Add Shape mode, you can do one of the following:
- Close the document
- Switch into Conversion mode
- Choose another PDF editing operation
With Able2Extract Professional, you can make permanent redactions to your PDF content instantly. To redact text, click on the Redaction button. Then using your left mouse button, click and drag to draw a rectangle around the text you wish to redact. When you have all your text within the rectangle, simply let go of the mouse button and Able2Extract Professional will permanently redact the text in black.
Deleting PDF Content
To delete content, click on the Delete icon to activate the functionality. Hover over the content object on the PDF page to designate the content object you want deleted. A red frame will appear around the content object. Then simply click on the area to remove it.
Moving PDF Content
Able2Extract also allows you to move content within the PDF document around on the page. When the editing functionality is active, click on the content object you wish to move. Hold down the left mouse button until it turns into a hand. Then while still holding the left mouse button down, drag the mouse to move the content object to where you want on the page or use CTR + ARROW keys for more precise text positioning.
Modifying PDF Content - Customizing Font, Font Size, Colour (Fill, Outline), Line Width And Rotation
For editing formatted text, you can match the font, colour and size of your original PDF text. for seamless modifications. Able2Extract provides you with the most common text formatting options for seamless modifications.
To customize the font style, click on the drop down list in the Font field and make your selection from the list:
Note that Able2Extract only contains support for fonts installed in the system, PDF standard fonts, and fonts already integrated into the document. This feature is disabled if the selected element is a bitmap image or a vector graphics shape.
To change the font size, select the point size from the Font Size drop down list or type in a specific font size.
Because additional transformations may be done to the file that affect the text, such as page content scaling, rotation, and so on, the visible font size you see on the page may differ from what you specify. The changes are applied, but Able2Extract will not show any details of the transformation. This feature is disabled if you have an image or vector graphics shape selected.
Able2Extract will allow you to customize text and vector shapes with the Outline with Color and Fill with Color options. The color fields' respective check box must be checked to enable the feature. Note that the state of the checkboxes indicate if any color can be applied or not. Only when these are checked will you get a color dialog to customize your color. See below for more details on using these features:
Fill with Color
This editing feature allows you to change the color of your text or fill in a vector graphic shape with color.
To begin customizing the color of your shape or your text, put a checkmark in the Fill with Color checkbox to enable the feature. Then click on the text or shape you wish to modify. The current color of the shape or text will be reflected on the button face.
To change the color, click on the now active Fill with Color button and in the pop up dialog that appears, specify your desired color.
Note that this feature is disabled if the selected element is a bitmap.
Outline with Color
This editing feature will let you choose the outline color of your vector graphic shape or text. To begin customizing the outline color of your shape or your text, put a checkmark in the Outline with Color checkbox to enable the feature.
Once activated, click on the Outline with Color button. A color dialog will appear from which you can specify your desired outline color.
The default color is black. Note that this feature is disabled if the selected element is a bitmap.
This editing feature can be used to change the width of lines for text and vector graphic shapes. For vector graphic shapes and text, the Outline with Color feature must be checked.
To start modifying line widths, select your text or shape. Then specify the line width value from the drop down menu. Press Enter or Return to implement your changes.
Note that the line width measurements refer to virtual units, not real world units (such as points or inches). In addition, because additional transformations may be done to the file that affect vector graphic shapes and text, such as page content scaling, rotation, and so on, the visible line width size you see on the page may differ from what you specify.
Line Cap Style
This editing feature allows you to customize and make refined adjustments to the look of the line endings of text or vector shapes in large PDF page art.
This feature is activated when the Outline with Color feature is checked on. When active, select your text or shape to modify. Then from the Line Cap Style drop down list, you can select from the Butt, Round and Projecting Square styles:
Line Join Style
You can select from three types of line join style with your text or vector shapes to further customize page content objects in detail such as branding logos.
To edit your line join styles, make sure that the Outline With Color option is checked. Once is checked on and the feature is active, select your text or shape. Then from the Line Join Style drop down menu, select from Miter, Round or Beveled styles:
For sharp corners in PDF page objects like drop caps or vector image borders that use a miter line join, you may need to adjust the Miter Limit value. This is a limit value that determines how “pointed” a miter line join appears before it becomes cropped into a bevel line join. By increasing the miter limit, you can attain a more sharper-looking point on your PDF page objects.
You can specify the miter limit value for your PDF in Able2Extract Professional. This feature is active only when the Line Join Style attribute is set to Miter. In the Miter Limit spin box you can click on the up or down arrows to adjust the limit value.
This feature will allow you to specify the outline pattern of your text or vector shapes. With the Outline with Color option checked on and your text or shape selected, use the Dash Pattern drop down list to select the formatting of your outlines.
The Rotate feature can be used to rotate your content objects. You can rotate them clockwise and counterclockwise by 90 degrees or by 180 degrees. Select the object you wish to rotate. Then simply click on the appropriate rotation button on the PDF editing side panel: Rotate Left, Rotate Right, Rotate 180 degrees.
Page Editing Options
These options will allow you to make general modifications to the existing PDF document's pages. These options are also accessible from the Edit menu and are only active when Able2Extract is in PDF Editing mode.
Use this command to delete unwanted pages from you PDF document. Click on the Delete command in the side editing panel. The following Delete Pages dialog will appear:
Here you can select the page or range of pages to be deleted by entering the number of the First Page and Last Page. Once your page values are entered, click on Delete and your page or pages will be deleted from the PDF. Note that the PDF’s page sequence is instantly affected to reflect your modifications. Click on the Save button to save your changes into a PDF document.
Able2Extract Professional also offers the ability to permanently wipe out the content of the page itself from the document. To access this functionality, put a checkmark in the Wipe Out Pages' Content checkbox. This will essentially redact whole pages instead of only selective parts of a page.
With some PDF documents, you may want to rearrange the pages in the existing PDF. Use this command to move specific pages in your PDF document. Click on Move in the side editing panel and the following dialog will appear:
Select the page or range of pages to be moved. Enter the number of the First Page and the Last Page. Then enter the location in the PDF where you want those pages inserted into the Put Before Page field. Click on Move and your pages will be moved accordingly. Then click on the Save icon to save your newly rearranged PDF document.
Note that the page sequence will change instantly with each page you move. Thus, for any subsequent pages you move, you will need to refer to the last modified page order (not the original) to determine your next Put Before Page value.
Use this command to split and extract a page or range of pages from the existing PDF document into a new PDF file. Click on the Extract command to get started. In the following dialog, enter the page or the page range you want extracted.
Click on the Extract button. In the following Save As dialog that appears, you can save the new PDF file to your computer as desired. The original PDF document opened in Able2Extract will not be modified.
Insert from PDF
Use this command to merge or insert PDF pages into your existing PDF. This feature is extremely useful for assembling documents from different PDF files.
Once you click on the Insert from PDF command, you can browse for and select the PDF file which contains the pages you wish to use. Click on Open. In the next dialog, you will be able to select the page or page range you want to insert into your existing PDF file. Enter the number of pages in the First Page and Last Page fields.
Then specify where in the document you wish to place them by filling in the Before Page field. Click on Insert and your pages will be added to the PDF opened in Able2Extract. Use the Save command on the toolbar to finalize your new PDF.
Use this command to resize a selection of PDF pages. Click on Resize from the side editing panel. You will then get to select which pages you want resized by entering the page numbers in the First Page and Last Page fields. You can then decide on your page sizing options by Width and Height.
You can also resize PDF pages according to paper sizing standards for content intended for print or for different industry requirements. Select the paper size from the list of available options from the Size field.
You can then select a point around which to resize your page if you wish through the Anchor option. Click on Resize and your PDF pages will be sized accordingly. Click on the Save button to accept and save the changes to the PDF document.
This command will allow you to scale specific PDF pages and the content on those pages as well. Click on the Scale command to get started. You will get the following dialog:
Specify the page or page range to be scaled in the First Page and Last Page fields. Then enter the scale factor in the Scale field. Click on Scale and the pages you selected will be scaled accordingly. Then click on the Save button to preserve the changes to your PDF file.
Use this command to rotate pages in your PDF document. Click on the Rotate command. Once selected, you can customize your page rotation options.
Start by selecting the PDF pages you would like to rotate. Then in the Angle option select your rotation setting from the available options. Click on Rotate to complete the process. Then click on the Save button to finalize your changes to the PDF document.
PDF viewing software is not required to follow page rotation settings. Able2Extract will show the rotated pages as specified when displaying the PDF file. However, note that when performing conversions of the document, Able2Extract may re-rotate the pages it believes is right for the conversion process.
Undo or Redo PDF Modifications
All text editing operations are undoable and re-doable for all PDF editing operations: Text, Page, Document Information, and Viewer Preferences. Simply click on the Undo or Redo icons on the toolbar to either retain or delete your changes.
Note that this functionality stores all changes that were made to your PDF before you save them. Upon saving your edits, Able2Extract clears the list of all operations and your recent modifications become unavailable until the next changes are made.