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Forgive PDF ignorance and read on


Whoops! And simultaneously a grovelling mea culpa. As several readers have pointed out, you can indeed output sections of PDF files to, say, Word. Senior Whitbybird engineer Andy Fuller-Lewis wrote in to say that 'Version 5 onwards has both a select text and select graphic icon along the top and for graphic [and text] items you simply draw a box around the relevant extract and copy it to the clipboard. So PDFs aren't as restrictive as you think.'Quite so. I simply hadn't noticed the new features as the versions moved on. My version (v.6) of Acrobat Reader has the Select Text Tool icon next to the hand icon on the top row and the graphic ditto is the next one along. For text you have to hit Edit/Copy before pasting the words into another file but images are automatically saved to the clipboard.You don't necessarily get the same typefaces in the pasted version but you can then edit the pasted images and text.But no (desirable) drag and drop yet.

Daniel Sim has an answer to Alan Kennedy's problem with Reader gumming up the browser's works while it leisurely opens up, mulls over the pages and watches you tearing your hair out.Sim writes: '?they aren't so bad as many people make out [but] I hate browser integration (where the PDF opens up in an Internet Explorer/Netscape window), so I've turned it off. I simply download the PDF to disk and then open it, not using their clunky fistreamingfl technology.'The routine for version 4 is at http: //chemdat. merck. de/cdrl/services/download/en/ acrobat4. html With Acrobat Reader 6, hit Edit/Preferences/Internet and untick 'Display PDF in browser'. In Reader version 5 substitute /Options for /Internet.What happens now is that the PDF opens independently in Reader while you blithely continue your surfing.

Does this give the all clear to PDFs on the Web? Not a bit of it, unless Adobe drastically speeds up Reader.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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