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How to convert a .pdf file in to adobe Illustrator format?

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Does anyone know any  software or utility which can convert a .pdf file in to adobe Illustrator format where i can make changes to that pdf file ?

 
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by:weed
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Yeah, Illustrator..heh
PDF is illustrator 10's native format. Just drop the PDF on it.
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I  Tried droping the pdf on illustrator 7.0 does not work .
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Illustrator 7 doesnt have PDF as its native file format. Only 9 and up.
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Trying exporting the pdf file to an EPS file, then use EPSconvertor from ArtAge software.

http://www.artage.com/pages/products/products.html

 EPSconvertor takes any EPS file and converts it to illustrator (v5.5, I think) and extracts any images to Tiff format.
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For further pdf editing capability consider Enfocus pitstop which allows for enhanced edited of a pdf file, including modifying of paths, editing / replacing text and re-mapping colours.

http://www.enfocus.com/products/overview.php?nr=3

Nb. Trialware available for download.
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Plant Pdf is also another good resource for pdf tools. Try this:

http://www.planetpdf.com/mainpage.asp?webpageid=615&SearchType=Product&SearchString=&SearchPlatform=5&SearchCategory=7&CompanyID=&SearchApplicationType=-1&SearchLicenseType=-1

Which is a search for mac based pdf tools for editing pdf files.

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After thought - if the pdf file can be printed or Export to an EPS file - illustrator may allow direct editing of the file. File > Open or Drop the EPS on the illustrator app.
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by:dialektkid
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Do you have photoshop?

If you do open the pdf in photoshop and save as an eps.  You can edit the eps in Illustrator.

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I dont believe thats possible dialektkid, since Photoshop will rasterize the pdf file.  Infact it cannot open any file with vector quantities unless it's a PSD file which can then be outputted into pdf/eps format.  If you want to make changes to a PDF file, either Corel Draw or Illustrator can do that for you & also do any conversions that you need.
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Erhanb is right. Photoshop will rasterize and render it completely uneditable.
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