I think I am slowly going mad with frustration. I have been trying to blank out part of a graphic in a PDF file from work, to produce a new PDF file which will be readable in its edited form by anyone (Windows or Mac) who opens it. Lacking specific PDF-editing software, I have whited-out the undesirable part using Skim. AlI looks great until I open the file at work (Vista… don’t start me on that subject), when the edit is altogether absent. Fair enough – Skim is maybe adding my edit to the metadata, and the Acrobat Reader version at work is failing to recognise it. So, back at home, I try printing the Skim-edited file to DevonThink Pro, and saving it from there. This time, opening it at work causes the edit to appear – but as an overlay to the original, with a time lag that varies from near-instantaneous to a couple of seconds. It is very disconcerting to see the original contents flash before your eyes, and I am quite keen that this doesn’t happen in the final version if at all possible.
I do not want the original content of the blanked-out section of the graphic to appear in the final PDF, even for a flickering second or two. I do not want to buy PDF editing software just for this one tiny job (this is my employer’s first and only PDF deliverable). For various complex and insurmountable reasons, I cannot ask the original creator of the PDF to modify it and send it back to me, so I have to make the change myself. My Windows PDF software at work is limited to Acrobat Reader. At home on my Mac (Leopard), I have the usual PDF-related suspects (Preview, Skim, DevonThink Pro, Pagehand, for example), and I am prepared to try another utility if you recommend it, as long as it doesn’t cost anything (not because I am a skinflint, but because this is a one-off and I really don’t want to fork out cash for something which I intend to use only once and for a maximum of five minutes). I can’t help thinking that I am missing something very obvious, but can’t for the life of me see what it might be.
Please, does anyone know of a way of eliminating a small rectangular block from the front page of a PDF file, so that it will universally remain edited with no trace left of the original, and which can be saved as a PDF that can be read by anyone (i.e. no particular OS or software prerequisites)? Thank you!