Category Archives: Infix News

Positive review turns out to be an historic occasion

As a historian by profession, I work with a huge amount of PDF files ranging from journal articles through electronic books to scans of primary sources. In the case of primary sources especially, these files often require heavy editing as they can show stains, illegible characters or other forms of damage incurred over centuries.

For a long time, I have been looking for a PDF editor that could handle these complex files as well as advanced OCR operations. In addition, I also required a product running under Ubuntu (even if it meant that I had to use Wine).

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Work Modes in Infix PDF Editor

Infix makes PDF editing really easy. But it’s not just for editing. Often, you’ll want to simply read PDF documents without actually making any changes, and Infix can obviously do that as well.

So how do you open a PDF in Infix without accidentally making changes? By using one of its three Work Modes.
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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

How to Rubber Stamp a PDF Document in Infix

When you need to quickly annotate a PDF document or add eye-catching comments, stamps are a versatile solution that offer a little more than simple comments.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the stamp feature in both Infix Standard and Infix Pro.
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Form Filling in Infix: Interactive and Traditional

Let’s face it. Nobody enjoys filling in forms. That was true before the age of the internet and remains true today.

In theory, computers and the internet should eliminate much of the pain of filling in forms. But in reality, many organisations have yet to catch up with modern techniques that could improve this process. Often, forms are still emailed around in a basic, flat PDF format, and the sender requires you to print the form out, manually fill it in, scan it back into the computer and send it.

Some modern PDFs do come with some interactive properties to make the form easy to complete, but these can be time consuming to create in the first place. Some businesses simply don’t have the time.

This is where Infix Form Filler can help.

The Infix Form Filler application allows you to edit both Interactive PDFs and Traditional PDFs on your computer, preventing you from having to print them out and filling them in by hand. Form Filler is free.
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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

Arranging PDF Content Using Align and Distribute

Anyone with experience in creating and editing PDFs will know that getting a page layout just right can be time consuming. Time can easily be wasted when you’re nudging an image or text box one pixel at a time to get it to the right spot on the page. Lining up your objects by eye is not certain to achieve the look you want, either.

This is where two features in Infix Pro can help. In this article, we’ll look at Align and Distribute.

●        Align allows you to select any number of objects and adjust the position so that they automatically line up with each other. (A good alternative to this feature is manually aligning objects to a Guide).

●        Distribute takes a group of objects and evenly spreads them across or down a page.

Used separately or together, these are powerful time saving tools to help you achieve a high quality finish without painstaking, slow edits.
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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

Arranging PDF Content Using Grids and Guides

If you’ve used desktop publishing or image editing software, you should be familiar with the concept of grid lines and guide lines for creating and managing layouts. Both help you to align elements on the page for a more professional look.

  • Grids run horizontally and vertically across the entire page, giving you a number of points to snap to.
  • Guides are individual lines that are inserted manually as and when they’re needed. Multiple guides can be added on a single page; they only apply to that page and are not replicated throughout the document.

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How to Use Infix on Multiple PCs Without Reinstalling

Often, users want to use their copy of Infix on more than one computer. They might want to use it at work, at home, on a friend’s computer or in the library.

Although we have no commercial connection to Cameyo, we recommend it often. It’s like a Dropbox for apps: a way to move software from place to place, using the cloud for added convenience.

Much like you’d move an mp3 on a memory stick, Cameyo moves applications. It does away with the need to keep reinstalling the software, so it effectively makes it completely portable.
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