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Adobe Reader shows pdf's with "linked files" correctly, but Illustrator CS5 asks to "replace missing links", which I do not have (and even if I did, I wouldn't enjoy dealing with each one).

It is obvious, that a .pdf contains the "links" (since I can print them perfectly), but Illustrator for some reason doesn`t use them.

How do I edit pdf`s like this in Illustrator?

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Illustrator always seems to have these weird issues... Crap piece of software if you ask me (even though i sometimes use it myself) :P –  poepje Jul 3 '12 at 12:58
    
Do you mean that Illustrator won't open the file? If so (and for other problems with Illustrator files becoming impossible to open or getting corrupted) this might help: daxxter.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/… You could maybe use this method to hack open the code of the file and remove the references to linked files, then save and reopen. Ugly but it works. –  user568458 Jul 3 '12 at 14:13
    
Is there anything in the Links Panel once you open the PDF? Is the artwork actually missing images? –  Scott Jul 3 '12 at 20:31
    
No, tIllustrator does open the file. Yes, Scott, the artwork is actually missing images: there are missing links in Links panel. –  Justinas Dūdėnas Jul 5 '12 at 7:03
    
How is Illustrator supposed to find images that don't exist on your system? Of course they're missing. You don't have them on your computer, changed the path to their directory, etc. –  RKS Aug 21 '12 at 6:56

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Best Practice: Try and obtain the original layout(source file). There are always problems when trying to edit a PDF in Illustrator.

If you cannot obtain the source file:

Suggestion 1: Instead of opening the PDF with Adobe Illustrator: Step1: Create a new file in Adobe Illustrator with the same dimensions as the origial PDF Step 2: Go to: File > Place and select your PDF file, place page one. Stept 2.1: note: After you have place the PDF file you might need to Embed it;(Embed button is in the Tool Option pannel that is bellow the Main Menu). Step 3: Go to: Window > Artboards > Create New Artboard Step 4: On your new artboard repeat step 2 but place the 2nd page in the PDF Step 5: Repeat step 2 and 3 and 4 untill you have placed(and embeded) the whole PDF in Illustrator.

note: not recommended for file with more than 20 pages, it will work but Illustrator might crash, so save every 2 min :)

Suggestion 2: Try to edit the PDF with Adobe Acrobat, not with Illustrator. link: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html *note: not Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat, the full software, its not the free version.

Suggestion 3: There is a great add on for Adobe InDesign that lets you import PDF's to InDesign: http://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id

So instead of using Illustrator to edit your PDF you would use InDesign, and also add the plugin above, you will then use the plugin to import the PDF to InDesign, it works like magic sometimes, I have used it myself after @Alan Gilberson told me about it.

Good Luck!

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It's not Illustrator's fault. The original author did not embed their links when they converted to PDF. This too happens in Photoshop with both images and fonts. It happens mostly with place.

This is a user head-space issue and not a software fault. Mind your settings when saving as PDF and you will be fine. Anyone who must deal with printers often has to ensure they are are saving correctly or else the printer can't print.

As for editing, if you need the images then how do you expect to edit something that does not exist on your system? If you need to edit the vector objects then you can just ignore the prompts for the linked files, however, this is likely not the case as you will want to see how things mesh with one another. The best option is to ask the original author to save the file in the proper format. Depending on how you transfer the files between you, you may end up with a very large file size. If you're going to be responsible for the final product either printing or putting it on the web, there's no better way around having them also send you all the original files as that allows proper management of your Illustrator final.

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I probably didn`t explain well: the images ARE in the pdf, because they are displayed by acrobat reader on any computer. Still, the same pdf file, when opened with illustrator, didn`t find these images and reported missing links –  Justinas Dūdėnas Aug 23 '12 at 20:24

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