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Changing colour of text in a PDF/Other Acrobat Qs

1) Is it possible to change the colour of text in a PDF - I managed it on screen but when printed it is still the original colour (changed from black to grey - came out black on the printout).

2) When I saved a PDF as a DOC, all the line spaces/breaks had disappeard - effectively merging all the paragraphs - any may to avoid this?

3) Can one change the font in a PDF file?

Thanks.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
1. If you change the color on the screen, it should also print in this color. Try to make the text even lighter. Your printer may not map the graylevel the same way as your screen. How did you change the color?

2. Which versions of Acrobat are you using? My Acrobat 6 Professional creates a pretty good match for what was in the PDF document.

3. Yes, use the TouchUp Text  tool (probably the same that you used for changing the color): Tools>Advanced Editing>TouchUp Text Tool. Then select some text, right-click on the selected text and select "Properties". You can change the font, fontsize and color (plus a few more things) on this dialog.

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RusalkiAuthor Commented:
OK, I changed text to a really light grey through Preferences | Accessability | Colour Scheme and also Select All, Tools | TouchUp Text | Text Attributes, still coming out black on the printout (Epson Photo 925)

I'm on Acrobat 5.0.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
The Accessability setting is only for the screen. The TouchUp text tool is what you need to use, and it should work. Try to set it to a color, your printer can print colors, so you should be able to see the difference if the text is e.g. red. I know that it works because I've done it numerous times myself with the TouchUp Text tool.
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RusalkiAuthor Commented:
Well, I can get the ToutchUp text to to work, but everytime I select all to change the colour it tells me 'Warning: Any changes will be limited to one line of this multiline selection', and so only changes the first line of my document. I can get it to do red, blue, any colour - including grey which is what I want... but as explained above I can only do one line?!

Thanks
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RusalkiAuthor Commented:
Hmm... In Help I've finally found it and it says that it cannot be done, is there some kind of program out there that can do it? Any more ideas welcome...
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
Enfocus PitStop Professional (http://www.enfocus.com) can do this.

Wich version of Acrobat are you using? I don't have a problem changing the font color for a whole paragraph, or even more. This is with Acrobat 6 Professional.
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FenricCommented:
In Acrobat 5 and 4 (I have no experience with other versions) the Touchup Text tool only accesses one line at a time. You can use this tool to set text color, font, character and line spacing, and lots more.

The only way to change text settings for more than one line at a time would be, I imagine, to use (application-level) Acrobat Javascript, but I have yet to find a method of using javascript to access selected non-field text.

Fenric!
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
JavaScript can _NOT_ access properties of normal text. You can do this with a plug-in, but writing your own would be overkill because you can already get plug-ins that do this type of stuff (e.g. Enfocus PitStop).
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FenricCommented:
Hi, khkremer.

That's a pity. But if JavaScript can't do it, how does Enfocus manage? Anyway, a $600 preflight package is a little over the top when all I want is an easy way to set a selected piece of text to default attributes (leading, character spacing, font, colour). Seems to me that this is probably the most serious limitation in the Acrobat format.

Guess this means Rusalki is out of luck trying to change text colour for more than one line at a time.
Thanks,
Fenric!
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
PitStop is a plug-in, and you can do pretty much anything with a plug-in. Also, an upgrade to Acrobat 6 will also do the job, so it's not necessary to buy the $600 package. If you are interested in PitStop's features, you can get a 30 day eval version.

This is not a limitation of the PDF format, just a limitation of the Acrobat version that Rusalki is using. We don't know yet what version this is (even though I asked twice for this information), but it's very likely not 6.
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RusalkiAuthor Commented:
Hi

khkremer: I said in my second response I'm on 5.0. I upgraded to Acrobat 6.0 and that can't do it either. Maybe I need tha latest update. I'll give PitStop a shot. Thanks for the advice all.
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