PDF Files

My girlfriend has been using Foxit Reader for editing pdf files on her computer and it ha worked rather well, except when we updated it to a new version, and now making a new line (pressing enter) instantly crashes the program. Sad. So I set out to find a more reliable PDF editor, only to discover that even the more professional, non-free Foxit Phantom has the same problem. Alright, on to new alternatives. Abiword can open documents, but renders them wrong. OpenOffice.org Draw has a PDF import extension, but it is extremely cumbersome to use and also renders things wrong (maybe slightly less so than Abiword). Most other editors are online services, meaning you can not use them for files with personal information. All other options I've found cost money. Word can kind of import it, but will coerce it to internally being a word document. I'm surprised that in 2016 we are still not able to create a free, working PDF editor, I think that tells rather a lot about the format itself. While PDF are surely nice for exchanging documents that do not need to be edited, they are terrible in that regard as well. My common approach to this problem has always been to create the document in another, easily editable format like odf or even html, and then export it to PDF. But this approach is only applicable when you are the original author of the document. If some genius decides to create the document as PDF, those tasked with editing it are just plain screwed. Seeing the sorry state of the editors, my conclusion must be that this format is terrible to edit, and that the state of commercial editors may be that they work, but they have been forced to by brute force.

Legal Stuff

I'm buying a house in Denmark, or at least I'm trying to, and I'm impressed with how little order there are in matters like these. My problem is, that according to the national property and building map, a building on the property is places a few centimeters inside the neighbouring property. The consequence of that being, that if a new neighbour moves in and decides to be an ass, he could demand to have the part of the building on his property removed. Clearly, I'm not interested in buying a property like that, so I set out to get this thing sorted out. That seems to be a lot more trouble than one would think. My instinct was, that one simply asked some official authority to verify the correctness of their maps and sellers claim to where the property lines go. But no, it is not at all that easy, apparantly, one has to pay a rather large amount of money to get someone to drive to the place and.. what? What is the hard truth about property lines when there is conflicting information ? When you look at the site, it seems obvious where the lines go, and quite reasonably, but when you look at the online map, it is another matter, so who is right? Well, you can pay someone to go out and have a look, I guess that i what I'll have to do.