How can I edit the PDF files created by Lilypond or CMN using Inkscape?

  • pdf files produced by lilypond can in fact be edited as vector graphics using inkscape
  • if you open the PDF files directly, however, all the fonts will be missing
  • so convert to svg first, then open
    • use pdf2svg to do the conversion
    • on OSX use the terminal to install this:
      • brew install pdf2svg
      • this will no doubt fail several times, telling you that various files need linking
      • persevere, using the overwrite method
        • e.g. brew link –overwrite libtiff
      • once it's installed do rehash to update your paths to commands and off you go
  • after editing you can save to PDF in inkspace directly