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I am looking for a program that can resize a selected area in a PDF.

E.g. on Microsoft Windows with Microsoft Paint I can use the "Resize" feature:

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(but Microsoft Paint doesn't support PDF and is not vectorial).

I would prefer if the program works with Kubuntu 14.10 Plasma 4.


Attempts:

  • Inkscape can resize a selected area in a PDF but it loses the page structure.
  • GIMP is a raster graphics editor application (i.e. not vectorial).
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    I wish there was an app which combined certain PDF support features of both Inkscape (ability to modify vector graphics) and Gimp (imported PDF actually looks like the original). – Marcin Kaminski Jan 10 '15 at 22:12
  • @MarcinKaminski Yes I agree that could be the ideal! – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 10 '15 at 22:22
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Gimp which is available in most Linux distributions can do that easily.

sudo aptitude install gimp

Then open a PDF in it, select an area, Tools > Transform tools > Scale. When you're done, export as a PDF.

UPDATE: If you care about importing PDFs ehile preserving their vector structure, you can use Inkscape.

  • Thanks, but upon importing a PDF into GIMP the image is not vectorial anymore :( – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 10 '15 at 21:23
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    Ah, updated my answer. It's been a while since I've seen a PDF that isn't a crappy bitmap. Let me know if that works for you. I'd be also happy for others come up with other recommendations. BTW: PDFEdit - don't touch this with a stick... – Marcin Kaminski Jan 10 '15 at 21:44
  • Thanks, in the end I used Inkscape indeed as my PDF was just one page but if you you are aware of a solution that works for multipage PDF I would be interested! – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 10 '15 at 21:56
  • I usually don't mind editing multiple pages separately. I have a bunch of shell functions (ImageMagick wrappers) that I use for splitting, merging and extracting pages from PDFs, so that's not a deal breaker for me. I can share those if you wish. – Marcin Kaminski Jan 10 '15 at 22:03

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