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Design Engineers use Infix to speed-up form-filling

I own a small business which is in a constantly changing marketplace. We are design engineers and professional A/V integrators endeavoring to staying abreast of the latest A/V technology. To accomplish that goal, we are required to interact with hundreds of vendors and manufacturers. Often a manufacturer will change their dealer terms and/or agreement, require an updated credit form, require a special form to be filled out to enable a drop shipment of equipment, or credit card or a spiff form completed, et cetera. This is but a small sample listing of the forms required to be filled out, which are sent to us on a regular basis. In general, they include many text fields and numerical fields to be completed on each page – additionally, some requiring photos, signatures, et cetera.

Numerous forms we receive are old and have absolutely no interactive or editing capability. Sometimes we receive documents via mail which need to be completed – the ultimate hassle. One method, often utilized by us, is to import the emailed PDF document, or scan, into a CAD application – importing a file for each page, one page at a time. Next we add a transparent layer above the incomplete form and proceed to create text fields for each entry field required. When the need for a signature arises, we import a signature – previously created with a freehand graphics application, into the transparent CAD layer. Once that action is completed, we convert the layers to a single PDF document for each page, on a one-by-one basis. Definitely a very slow procedure… to the point where we wait until the last possible moment before we actually complete the tedious process.

And then tax season arrives… where all the documents from the accountant – which require editing, field completion and signatures – are old PDFs (we believe the accounting firm recently learned email!)

This process leaves CAD documents for each form, which now require coordinated… Ugh!

After learning about Infix, we felt like we had been missing out on one of the greatest efficiency-based applications ever created. What a time saver it would be to directly edit and complete all the PDFs we receive; and simple email them back to sender. WOW, excellent! What a revelation!

– R.Rosati


That’s when my troubles began.

I’ve been using Infix on and off for a few years now and never had any regrets. It all started when I had to translate a brochure from English into Russian while maintaining the original style and layout.
 
That’s when my troubles began.
 
Lacking a proper professional Adobe Acrobat software I’d gone through a number of third-party PDF editors but even my favorite Foxit Phantom couldn’t handle the layout properly. In some cases text boxes needed resizing, in others Cyrillic symbols were not available, some editors would break down the original into too many objects making it way too tedious.
 
That’s when I stumbled upon Infix and was stunned by the number of tweaks and features I gained control over that at times it felt Adobe itself couldn’t have done a better job. Moreover Infix’s interface is originally designed around editing needs making it very convenient with all the needed tools accessible from a single toolbar. In terms of text editing, Infix flexibility makes me feel like I’ m working in a Microsoft Word environment while objects manipulation reminds of the Page Maker control over page layout.
 
To make it short, Infix became to me a one-stop solution for all my PDF editing needs.
 
Thank you, Iceni!
Regards,
Andrei


PDF editing on Mac – don’t be put off!

I was very pleasantly surprised with Infix Pro for Mac. I had been looking for an affordable PDF editor for my work. I would like to afford Acrobat, but the price tag strains my shoestring budget near to breaking. Enter Infix Pro! It’s originally built for Windows and retains its interface, but don’t be put off by it – the program will still install correctly.

One big advantage over Acrobat is that you can edit right away without worrying whether a font is missing. While I was editing a book, Acrobat noticed that I did not have the book’s native font, and substituted another one. This worried me; what if the clients specifically wanted that particular font? With Infix, no problem. I was able to make edits without any fuss.

You may have to resize boxes slightly to keep the format, but it’s a very small price to pay for ease of use and affordability. Infix Mac works just like a word processor. Of all of the alternatives, Infix Pro for Mac feels the most intuitive. I highly recommend it, and I’ll definitely be using Infix Pro for Mac for all of my editing needs.

– Linda Apton


Translating PDF brochures on a deadline

I used Infix PDF Editor for the first time this month in order to translate a very specific brochure which had to remain in the PDF format.

First I tried other software programs but the text and formatting didn’t work for me: the line would just go out of the text box or the font would suddenly change. I was about to give up on the translation when I read a recommendation for Infix PDF Editor in a forum for translators. So I gave it a try and I was very pleased.

This software reads PDF files without any problem and editing is done easily. Very complicated files, like brochures made of various layers, are easy to operate with and transform: fonts can be changed as well as their size, you can use specific characters such as letters with accents…

I found everything working easily and I was able to meet my deadline on time.

– Visnja Jovanovic


CAT Export – It’s what translators want for PDFs

Hello Iceni, I wanted to congratulate you on Infix Pro.

I’m a freelance translator and am always slightly alarmed when I receive PDFs to translate because normally you have to convert into Word before you can translate, and the conversion is always prone to cause graphics to leap around, or text suddenly becomes 1-cm wide columns, or even somehow lies on top of other text. It all gets a horrible mess.

I’m not yet fully familiar with Infix Pro, but yesterday when I had to urgently translate a graphic-rich PDF, I decided to use Infix Pro’s “CAT Export” tool. It saved the bare text as a simple .txt file which I could easily translate in Trados. Then I opened my translated .txt in Infix and Infix laid it out correctly.

Result: a nice clean PDF looking like the foreign text but in English! What more could one ask for?

You deserve special thanks for that CAT Export tool.

– Stephen Fennell


PDF editing, without reading the user manual!

I frequently have to create instructional documents and since I don’t want these edited I save them as PDF documents. Occasionally I end up needing to swap images (when things are updated) or realise there is an incorrect word. While I can do this using the original document and re-saving then uploading it can be slightly time consuming.

I was made aware of Infix and downloaded the free trial. On testing the suitability of Infix for my purpose I have found it very useful. Without having to consult the help menu I was able to remove an image and insert the replacement. [I] also edited some text.

What I found very useful was the ability for Infix to recognize the text used and apply a replacement text font if needed. I had an older document that is used a fair bit but didn’t have the original word document. The font in the document was slightly different and I hadn’t been able to replicate it. Using Infix I was able to successfully edit the document without the edits looking out of place.

I would recommend Infix to anyone wanting to easily modify a PDF document.

– Emma Dowdeswell


Exotic PDF editing and translation – out of the box!

I’d like to give feedback on how Infix PDF editing saves us as a charity (University of the Nations) a lot of time.
Because of many people going through our study courses and internships, we have a lot of written research material on our file servers. Most of them are in editable and PDF file formats. But some of them, the important ones of course, we only have as PDF because the author left us already.

Because of our multi-language setting in our study courses, we need some of these documents to be translated in different languages. And now is the time for Infix pdf editing.

We tried several PDF editors (real and “so called”) and only Infix convinced us to be the tool we need. The demo version does all we need (beside the watermark, but that’s OK so far).

Text editing even with exotic fonts works out of the box (no other program was so easy for this). Image relocation works and so on. And the best of it: it doesn’t need long time to get familiar with it!!

We are very excited about this program. It saved days for us.

– Danilo Ludwig


All-in-one PDF editor for Linux

Advanced editing of PDF files under Linux is not a simple thing. There are many open source solutions, but if you need an all-in-one software, Infix PDF Editor is one of the best.

To run Infix PDF Editor 6 under Linux you need the Wine HQ compatibility layer (http://www.winehq.org).
I suggest to install “gdiplus” via winetricks (it can be deactivated if other programs installed with wine do not require this DLL).

I have tested the trial version of Infix (6.11) on a Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) machine with Wine version 1.5.30.
The installation (without PDF printer) is extremely simple and fast. Infix PDF editor works perfectly.

– Francesco Martinelli


Infix can be a “game changer” for PDF translation projects

This program [Infix] is the solution I have been looking for! I am a professional translator, and in the past when clients gave me a .pdf document to translate, I would either plead with them for a .word version, threaten to charge them more, or simply refer them to another colleague willing to deal with the headache. Infix PDF Editor has changed the way I do business.

I can use it in conjunction with my CAT (Computer Assisted Translation) memory tool to manipulate the source document and work on the translation as easily as I would with any other format. Then I can save my work, open up the PDF editor, and see in real layout how the final product will look. It is fairly intuitive to use, and a little practice goes a long way, too.

If you’ve resorted to reading this blog, I’m sure you’ve already tried all of the other “solutions” for dealing with PDF documents (copy-pasting, adding comments, whining, etc.). This is a much more elegant and professional way, and certainly worth the reasonable learning curve.

– Ben Guevara


Editing graphical “Vampire” PDFs – the easy way

As a self-publishing author, I struggled with converting Word documents into PDF format in order to upload manuscripts to the server. Especially in terms of charts, most PDF editors destroy it upon conversion. Not only need I rebuild it within the PDF editor, but in actuality I need rebuild it every time I amend the manuscript and again convert to PDF. Talk about a tedious waste of time. But then I discovered Infix. This gem allows all manuscript editing to be accomplished with the PDF environment. There is no conversion process, and therefore no need to continuously re-modify the charts and graphs.

Infix is peace-of-mind which keeps me focused on the manuscript as opposed to the tedious PDF conversion and inherent recreation. Infix is the pinnacle of PDF editors!

My first book, Messiah and the Sign of Jonah, had relatively few charts, and still the PDF conversion was an on-going headache. Then I was asked to re-write Vampire Killer 2012, which is graphic intensive; and the very reason I started researching the world of PDF editors. Upon my discovery of Infix, my hesitation to head the project has subsided and I’m on-board one hundred percent!

I encourage everyone who’s considering such a project to save yourself the time, and spare yourself the frustration. Infix is an all-encompassing simplifying solution to the world of PDF.

Christopher Jones
Messiah and the Sign of Jonah