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I have here 2 PDF files (one coming from Powerpoint, 1 from Word file), which I would like to overlay...
but I don't have any tools to do so.

any method to get 1 PDF from the 2 PDF (or the 2 source documents)?

I generated the PDF using Bullzip PDF Writer Printer driver ...

thanks
Microsoft-PowerPoint---lettre.pp.pdf
Microsoft-Word---Einladung.doc.pdf
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by:aleghart
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Aloaha PDF software used to do it.  I think it's in the paid version now:

http://www.aloaha.com/wi-software-en/aloaha-pdf-suite-freeware.php

Or, you can open the "letterhead" in Illustrator, move to it's own layer, lock it.
Then open the page images and move them to their own layers.

Fine for single page work, but using the print method is much easier.

I miss that feature from Aloaha.  Was very handy.
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by:lherrou
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angelIII,

If by overlay, you mean "merge into one document", the answer is yes. I do this all the time with the free PrimoPDF PDF print driver (http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx).

Print your second PDF (preferable from the source document) using the PrimoPDF printer driver to the FIRST PDF. The PrimoPDF driver will ask if you want to append or overwrite. If you respond "Append" it will add the second document onto the first.

Cheers,
LHerrou
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by:aleghart
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"Append" only adds the pages to the end of the document.  So, in this case, you'll end up with a 3 page document:  2 content pages and 1 template.

You need the "letterhead" feature that is not found in most PDF software.

In the free version of Aloaha you can see the letterhead feature.  But, instead of the content you just get a printed warning that the feature is disabled in the free version.  See attached.
 CombinePDF-withAloaha.pdf
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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interesting, and basically confirming so far what I found also...
no free software around that could do this for my 1-shot need :(
Anyone that has such software ready?
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by:aleghart
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I'm going through my old installers now.  I had to evaluate a dozen different PDF generators for a project a couple of years ago.  That's how I knew about Aloaha and PrimoPDF.  Will update ASAP if I do/don't find it.
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by:Tolomir
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I did use the pdfconverter from http://www.anypdftools.com/

Then I did simply create a new textbox and c&p the text.

Saved as pdf.

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by:aleghart
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Here's a version I made in Word for you.  I guessed at B4 page size, and made header for Page1 and a second header for all following pages.

You'll have to crop each image so they don't fall over the letterhead template.

See if a technique like this will be OK as a work-around.

I didn't intend on doing all the work, but it was actually easier than writing the instructions.

 combinePDF-letterhead.doc

 combinePDF-letterhead.pdf
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by:Tolomir
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out of curiosity, I guess we have to delete all documents when this question is closed due to privacy issues...
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by:aleghart
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The info is Google-able right now, so I don't think there's anything non-public about the players ELO rankings or official contact info.

http://www.google.com/search?q="les+mosellans+wasserbillig"

I couldn't understand anything, so was hoping I wasn't helping build a bomb.
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by:Tolomir
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new version.

It's an invitation to a chess tournament.
Microsoft-PowerPoint---lettre.pdf
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by:Justin Owens
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Tolomir,

What did you do to merge them?

DrUltima
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by:Tolomir
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Well I first did convert the graphics to powerpoint with the mentioned tool.

Then I simply created a textbox and pasted the text from the other pdf to that box. Then I did some text attribute modification. The only thing that failed on me was setting justify. No idea why I get the same result as left align.

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by:Tolomir
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With the textbox it look way cleaner than just transferring a screenshot.
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by:aleghart
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Word template so you can re-use the letterhead:
Looks like the original was typeset, not a word processor.  Word is terrible for things like justification, especially if you don't have proper rules/dictionaries installed.

 combinePDF-letterhead-v2.doc
 combinePDF-letterhead-v2.pdf
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Sorry, late to the party.

You can also do this with OpenOffice and the Sun PDF Importer extension.

http://www.openoffice.org/
http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/pdfimport

Basically open the letterhead document in Draw and copy/paste text and then export as PDF.  Simple and totally free.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>You can also do this with OpenOffice and the Sun PDF Importer extension.
that sounds like the best option for me, as I have installed the OpenOffice already.
will check when I get some minutes about that option.

and yes, I have used the method to combine the 2 documents into 2 (in Powerpoint) to proceed meanwhile, but it's not the nicest option. it's always too much manual work, though it only happens 2-3 times a year.

thanks for the suggestions, folks !
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by:Jason C. Levine
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You're welcome, A3.  Just let me know if you run into trouble with using Draw and I'll screencast a demo.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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thanks, folks.
sometimes, opensource software just works as well as paid software :)
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by:Jason C. Levine
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I am totally saving this thread.  A "Good Answer" from the Elite himself...
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