How do I seek and destroy image-only PDF's?
December 16, 2008 10:47 PM Subscribe
Is there Mac-based software available that will search my entire hard drive or designated folders for image-only PDF files (have not been OCR'ed) and then automatically run OCR (using Acrobat Pro or whatever) and override the original file with a searchable version?
posted by randex8 to computers & internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am in the process of scanning all of my personal and business files. I have been very pleased with the results so far and love the ease of using Spotlight or Google Desktop to locate searchable PDF files, etc.
However, I have hundreds of older PDF's that are image-only randomly scattered in different folders. Currently, I have been opening each questionable PDF and manually checking whether it is image-only or searchable. If the PDF is image-only I manually run OCR using Acrobat Pro and then save the searchable version over the original file.
I am looking for a way to automate this tedious process. So far, I have only been able to find scripts and the like that will allow you to batch process groups of PDF's. I am looking for something that will "search and destroy" on its own.
I have a MacBook running OS X 10.5.6, Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 and a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner.