Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Acrobat Pro question

I have pulled a web site with Acrobat Pro 9, and made a PDF document of it. But the lines are very long, so I'd like to make the text bigger (for screen reading). But amongst the hundreds of tools I find in Acrobat Pro, I don't see anything to change font or text size! Very puzzling. Can anybody help? (A googling did not help much.)

(I guess a side question is, what methods are there for taking a large site and save the whole thing in a handy package, in a universal format.)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010   15 comments links to this post

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At 13 Oct 2010, 20:06:00, Anonymous ttl said...

But amongst the hundreds of tools I find in Acrobat Pro, I don't see anything to change font or text size! Very puzzling.

How would you propose that such a feature would work? Keep in mind that PDF is a page description language (a descendant of PostScript), not a high level document file format.

If you increase the point size of the typeface, the glyphs will render on top of the glyphs on the line immediately above. Or whatever happens to be there.

What you ask is a bit like asking a JPEG viewer to be able to reposition the individual objects depicted in the image.

 
At 13 Oct 2010, 23:18:00, Blogger eolake said...

I can see that, OK.

But since Acrobat is a Pro tool, I thought it was for *making* and exporting PDF. And since it is making a PDF from an exported web site, it must be making some decisions as to how to render the text then translated to page format. So one would think the user could have some influence on those decisions. It's silly if it does all that automatically, and there's nothing one can do to influence it.

 
At 13 Oct 2010, 23:34:00, Anonymous Bruce said...

You can open a PDF in Illustrator and have much more control over it. But usually each line of text shows up as a separate element, making it hard to resize and reflow several lines at the same time.

I think the easiest way to do this is start with a blank document in Pages, Word, or InDesign, and copy and paste the text and photos separately from your PDF.

 
At 13 Oct 2010, 23:43:00, Blogger eolake said...

Right you are.
But this is a big site.
http://www.facimoutreach.org/qa/indextoquestions.htm
http://stobblehouse.com/text/FACIMarchive.pdf
http://stobblehouse.com/text/FACIMarchive.zip
And importing into a PDF directly is the only handy way I know...

Well, I guess I could save the whole site in Firefox. At least html pages are flexible.

 
At 13 Oct 2010, 23:46:00, Blogger eolake said...

No, it seems browsers only let you save one page.

I guess a side question is, what methods are there for taking a large site and save the whole thing in a handy package, in a universal format?

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 09:01:00, Anonymous neeraj said...

"... what methods are there for taking a large site and save the whole thing in a handy package, in a universal format?"

Sometimes I use "HTTrack Website Copier" to make a local copy of a complete Website. That program changes all links to local links, so that you can read the whole site offline as if you were online.

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 09:03:00, Anonymous neeraj said...

Addendum: This program is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 09:35:00, Blogger Ken said...

Not sure it creates a "handy package" but SiteSucker (Mac) will pull down a site

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 09:35:00, Anonymous neeraj said...

I forgot to mention: Its freeware.

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 11:11:00, Blogger eolake said...

Thanks, guys.

I used SiteSucker a couple of times, for example for a site which was an an extremely slow server, so I just let it sit there, collecting the content.

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 13:20:00, Blogger eolake said...

Huh, I even still have it on my disk!
But it won't seem to work. Maybe cuz it's an intel Mac. I'll try upgrading.
I guess one could jut make a zip file of the whole thing, for offline browsing. Though I do think the PDF file is neater.

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 14:14:00, Anonymous neeraj said...

HTTrack Website Copier is for Mac OSX.

 
At 14 Oct 2010, 21:41:00, Blogger eolake said...

I couldn't find Httrack for mac, but I updated sitesucker, and I must say it works beautifully and fast to recreate a whole site hierachy on disk, complete and functional.

http://stobblehouse.com/text/facimoutreach-org.zip

 
At 15 Oct 2010, 22:54:00, Anonymous ttl said...

... what methods are there for taking a large site and save the whole thing in a handy package, in a universal format?

For hypertext, there is no more universal format than HTML.

What you might consider doing though, is replace the stylesheet with one of your own (with your preference of typefaces and sizes), a bit like the readability bookmarklet and Safari Reader do.

 
At 16 Oct 2010, 10:57:00, Blogger eolake said...

Ah, is that what they do!
Thanks, interesting.

 

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