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Removing renderable text from pdf – posted in Business Applications: Is there a function in Adobe Acrobat (or some other software) that will. For all those people out there – students, academics, archivists, and eBooks readers – who have been stymied by AdobeĀ® Acrobat’sĀ® stubborn. A-PDF OCR is an effective application that works for your convenience. It enables you to get the texts from the scanned paperwork and PDF.

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So sorry to report that despite diligently following the steps, the ” Robertson June 22, at You are genius Grant. I don’t understand why, the pdf seems crystal even under massive magnification. Oh well, I do hear that many Mac machines come with a Windows emulator, so maybe people could use that to enable them to use my technique. I used to try to make things perfect but I had to learn to settle for “good enough” for the sake of my sanity and, well, having enough time left to do what I was working with the documents for in the first place.

Thank you for the article. I was able to renderabel from.

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However, they will also be a lot more useful. Thanks for the tip. Searchable still shows the image and the OCR is a hidden layer — making the view the same as before. This process generates some really large transitional files. The reason I do not suggest printing to.

Was it a scanned document or “born digital”? It inspired me to use Automator on my Mac to basically create the workflow you described. What can it be the problem? As you can imagine, this makes for renderble incredibly large file see the table below and it takes a really long time. It will read the file and not raise any red flags.


This will remove all of the document metadata including some of the rendered text that might be causing the error. Save the file where you can find rednerable then double-click it to start the install.


Javascript Disabled Detected You currently have javascript disabled. Now look in the “Memory That is all the help I can give you. You should be able to answer that question yourself.

Any help is appreciated! The problem with that trick is that it often forces two complete re-encodings of the image that comprises the page. I have tried this technique on several problem PDFs to try to find a renddrable solution.

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It might even work with newer versions of Acrobat Pro for Windows. Thanks Grant for taking the time to documenting the process in such detail. So, for every new bill, coming from the exact same seller from now on, the software extracts the data automatically.

So, my best advice is for people to follow one of the primary rules for asking questions on-line: However when I went to actually print the document, the top portion of the email was stripped out.

Please log in to reply. XPS file has a separate vector graphic for each separate character in the file, that is a lot of data.


That is an incredible tip, Jonny. The last option – Searchable Image Exact is used a lot for legal documents where it’s a necessity to maintain an exact representation of the original page.

I honestly don’t know much more than what I have already posted here in this blog post. Name the files appropriately so you can better judge the results of your experiments.

While that isn’t a problem for a mostly-image scanned document because there rederable a relatively small amount of “rendered text,” it is a nightmare for mostly-text documents because of the vast quantity of individual vectors they contain. Anonymous September 20, at 2: You currently have javascript disabled. I tried several experiments and could not discern any image degradation after a full export and re-import operation.

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Anonymous February 8, at 9: Is it necessary to eliminate the two error messages, “This page contains renderable text” and “Unable to proecss the page because the Paper Capture recognition service experienced an error. When I am changing OCRed text in to notepad then line break is missing. If Acrobat doesn’t want to print to the Acrobat printer driver, selete will pop up an error dialog right away, so you don’t really waste any time just trying it.

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