Posted by: ADsevenfour | July 27, 2009

How to use OCR in Adobe Acrobat


Really good article from Designer Daily ….

Most freelancer probably had to go through this at some point in their career, a client either gives you a sheet of paper with the text on it and gets no digitalized version of it, or he gives you the text as an image. You could install some open-source OCR programm or even pay for one, but why would you do that when you can do it in Acrobat?

If you scan with Acrobat

If you are using Acrobat 8, I’d recommend that you scan your text directly from the software. You should check the “Make searchable (Run OCR)” checkbox, this will run the OCR programm and you’ll have your text ready right away (not available in previous versions of Acrobat). Acrobat 8 will also rotate your file automatically if it can’t run the text recognition.

Read more here

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  1. Would anyone be able to tell me how to take the text from a pdf and import it into Microsoft Word and make it fully editable?

    • Hi Dave,
      It depends how the PDF was created.
      Normally you can simply copy and paste the content from the Pdf using Acrobat reader and the Text highlight tool. However, people sometimes turn this feature off when creating the PDF in any one of several applications capable of PDF creation. The easiest way I have found to get round this problem is to open the PDF in an alternative program, Illustrator works very well for this, and copy and paste the text this way. If you have a full copy of Acrobat Pro you can alter the settings on PDF’s but again, it comes down to how the document was initially created. If you send me the pdf i can have a look for you.

      Andy.
      andy@ad74.co.uk

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