My kingdom for a highlighter
November 30, 2006 5:46 AM Subscribe
PDF/ search filter: Highlighter, highlighter, where for art thou highlighter?
posted by Smarson to computers & internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My work involves searching through pages and pages of PDF files for minute tidbits of info. which at the very least, can be slow and hard on the retinas. I'm looking for a way to speed up my searching while simultaneously trying to avoid early onset eye death. I've figured out how to search for multiple terms in a PDF via the "advanced search option" function, but what I'd really love is if there was a way to highlight my search terms in the document itself and possibly in various colors (like the Google toolbar is able to do with web pages using it's term highlighting application).
Option #2: I actually tried copying and pasting the contents of one of my lengthy PDF's into Google Docs and then using the Google toolbar's highlighting function to get the in-document highlighting with all the pretty colors. Worked great except for it fails to highlight things like the U.S. dollar sign ($) and percent symbol (%) which happen to be two important things I'm looking for in these PDF's. Is there a way to force the Google toolbar to recognize these symbols and thus highlight them?
My optic nerves thank you in advance.