I am talking about the Send for Review feature where people can insert
and delete text and make comments. That's what I mean by editable.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dov Isaacs [] 
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 9:48 AM
To: Flato, Gillian; Charlene_Glover at; Frame Users
Subject: RE: PDF to Word Conversion

Editable PDF? Are you kidding? PDF is a final form file format. Any
that you can do in PDF should be restricted to emergency situations
PDF does not maintain any of the context of the original source
The concepts of words, sentences, paragraphs, etc. is limited at best
(if the document is fully tagged) and nonexistent at worst!

The real problem of the OP is that the client just "doesn't get it" with
regards to the fact that the document model of almost any two layout or
word processing programs are usually not even close. There simply no
1 to 1 conversions of FrameMaker to Word or vice versa. Something is
to get lost in such conversions either in terms of content,
formatting, quality, or some combination of same. This is discounting
issues of the inherent instability of Word with longer documents and its
apparent inability to maintain document format from one release to
or even one "current printer driver instance" to the next.

        - Dov

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Flato, Gillian
> Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 9:35 AM
> Why does he want it in Word? Rather than converting to Word, which
> be time-consuming and result in a document that has problems, find out
> what his goal is. For example, an Engineer recently said that he
> a document in Word. When I asked him why, he said it was because he
> wanted to edit it. He didn't know that one can make PDFs editable.
> I explained that to him and showed him how to add edits to the PDF, he
> was happy. So find out what his reasons are and you may be able to
> address them with Frame and PDF.
> -Gillian

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