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Is there a way to convert a common UTF-8 encoded PDF to a JPG without using ImageMagick or Ghostscript?

The reason I'm asking is, that I have to replace or "simply" double layer a small part (date) of a PDF document. I don't want to install all that stuff for it and wonder if there is a different way to do it.

Sadly Google couldn't give me an anwser so I decided to give SU a chance.

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Why is it migrated here? The question is about PHP, so it belong on stackoverflow. – Victor Marchuk Feb 23 at 9:15

If it is not to be done dynamically you can do that "by hand". Every good PDF Printer does that. For example Bullzip or PDF24. If you want to do it in a script, maybe you can also use one of the various online converters like for instance.

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If you want to edit the resulting image file, you will need an image editor. If you are on a UNIX platform, that will probably be gimp.

If so, you're in luck, gimp can handle PDFs, just open the file directly in gimp, edit it and save as you wish.

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If you're using Mac OS X, just open it in Preview and then use Save As to export it as a JPEG. If you're not on OS X, perhaps you could edit your question to provide a lot more detail about your environment -- what kind of Unix are you using, what distribution, what packages do you have installed, and so on.

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