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 Adobe® Acrobat’s® 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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Anonymous December 4, at 9: Imagination circles the world. For whatever reason, this didn’t work for me. Just print the PDF to the Acrobat print driver with settings advanced “as image”. Unfortunately, when I chose the XPS file and clicked create, it stopped the process after a few seconds saying ‘a problem was encountered in PDF conversion’ and it does that each time I try.

I have a document originally from Illustrator, saved as PDF. Select a sample page.

I am glad this trick has helped you. I tried several deleete and could not discern any image degradation after a full export and re-import operation. Thank you very much Grant for your post.

Anyway, thank you for posting that workaround. I am sure it will be helpful to someone.

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That is all the help I can give you. And, until you do the OCR, all that data is in the. Just save to TIFF and then re-import that.


This is because all the vector images of all the individual characters in the document are retained when using this OCR output style. To print to it, you simply choose that printer instead renferable your regular printer when you print a document. This was a very frustrating afternoon! If the file you get after doing the conversion is garbled, then perform the procedure described in this post and THEN try converting it to a Word document.

It was never intended to be a “perfect” OCR utility which preserves formatting etc.

The plain “Searchable Image” output style is a decent middle of the road option, but it does modify the renderahle of the page images because they are compressed.

You have to have the Touchup Object Tool selected in both documents to complete the copy and paste. I’ve been hitting my head against my computer for at least a week trying to wrestle some text out of these old mainframe generated PDF’s with “Renderable Text’.

Believe it or not, I found that the documents I was working with ended up with better looking images by using the XPS round trip method rather than printing to PDF from Acrobat. Robertson June 16, at 7: You can not post a blank message.

Remove “renderable text” from scanned PDF – Planet PDF

PDF document to show. Not Telling Local time: One swipe of “Remove Hidden Information”, finding some overlay of lines hidden in the file, and everything is perfectly OCR’d! PDF files to a Was it a scanned document or “born digital”? But I do not prefer it. Ideas, thoughts, and various things I would like to share with the world.


Nityananda Chandra Granger February 19, at My entire solution is designed to reduce the chance that any software converts the image files. The chart below shows the resulting renderbale sizes. Thanks for reminding me about that.

Thank you Grant for this insightful and detailed technique. Body text alignment changed. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Correct Answers – 10 points. OCR will etxt you to select the textual content. If you need to edit the text, I would recommend selecting CleanScan. Most academics will be dealing with scanned documents, where the “document” is actually just a series of images of pages stored in the.

I do not recommend the plain “Searchable Image” output style because it produces really poor quality character renderings. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: XPS file can be ginormous; ten to twenty times the size of the original.