[Noisebridge-board] PDFs of NB governmental docs
jacob at appelbaum.net
Tue Jun 22 09:24:19 PDT 2010
On 06/22/2010 12:54 AM, Rachel McConnell wrote:
> So I have scanned all the docs that Mitch lent me for that purpose. I
> would like to post them on the website, but several of them have
> addresses of officers and directors. Most of us have moved since then
> but I still think they should be blanked out in the copies we intend to
> disseminate. Does anyone have a PDF editor who can take on this task?
> It's only 2 docs but I just don't have the tools - couldn't find any
> free PDF editor that seemed capable of adding a black box, just form
> generators & stuff. Even Photoshop, I was able to open the PDFs but it
> broke them up into one PDF per page and I couldn't get them back
> together again! It was like Humpty Dumpty! OMG.
> So anyway, know how I can do this?
Just adding a black box doesn't actually redact the information. There's
a guide for how to do this but I don't have it on hand.
An easy way to do this is pretty non-technical - print it, redact it,
scan it, make a new pdf. You'll be able to visually see it worked before
you get to the new pdf step.
I suggest using black ink, whiteout, blackink, whiteout, and then
finally scanning it. It's a lot of work for a lot of documents but a
reasonable amount of work for a small set of data.
All the best,
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