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How to produce an editable PDF doc?

I have a scanned document with some text that I'd like to edit. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition on Sep 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Free or Low Cost OCR Solutions?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free or low cost solution that will let me scan to searchable PDF using OCR? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

But I don't *want* anyone to recognize it...

How do I prevent OCR on a document (typically a PDF but I could use another document format if necessary)? I know that when I scan it from a hard copy to a PDF I can disable/stop the OCR process, but Adobe allows it to happen on any PDF I scan in, whether OCR was eliminated at scanning or not, and I have to stop that (I have work product I'd like to distribute electronically, but my boss would like to make sure it's not searchable and it's as hard as I can make it to copy). I can use any software or process within reason.
posted by mrs. taters on Jan 25, 2013 - 27 answers

Performing OCR on a Franktur/Blackletter PDF and getting a searchable image PDF

I have Adobe Acrobat X Pro on Windows 7. Is there any free or inexpensive way to use OCR to create searchable image PDFs from image-only PDFs of texts written in German in Fraktur/Blackletter script? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Apr 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Paper, begone!

My (very) small office just got a new whiz-bang scanner that can scan stacks of paper to image-only PDFs. Ideally, I'd like to use this to do away with paper filing, but this is harder (for me) than it sounds. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Oct 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Ease my Prezi pains

I'm trying to turn PDFs made from presentations on the Prezi website (prezi.com) into text documents and am looking for a program to OCR them with. Since Prezi's PDFs come out rather odd with some text trailing off the edge that isn't pertinent to the current slide I need something that will allow me to make a selection box around the text I wish to OCR as opposed to auto OCR'ing the entire page. What Windows program should I be looking at?
posted by MeatyBean on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Image PDF with OCR - how, without Acrobat?

The full version of Adobe Acrobat has a way to OCR scanned images, so that the image is still viewed in the PDF, but you can search for text in the document. How do you do that without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on May 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Not just for sniffing

How do I use a highlighter? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 27, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me wrangle PDFs

I'm trying to go paperless, and have scanned and OCR'd huge stacks of paperwork into PDF documents. Can you recommend a tool to split, merge, delete pages etc from PDFs? [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Soliciting scanner software suggestions.

Any recommendations for scanning / PDF management software for my Mac that is cheap or, better yet, free? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I increase contrast on a multi-page PDF?

How can I quickly and easily increase the contrast on every page of a PDF? [more inside]
posted by Outis on Feb 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I seek and destroy image-only PDF's?

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? [more inside]
posted by randex8 on Dec 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Sort, OCR, export text from PDFs

I am in need of a server-side Linux or Unix-based software solution that will sort uploaded PDF files that can be PDF-native (that is, created in such a way that the text in the PDF is freely copyable), PDFs with embedded text over images (usually the result of a previous OCR job), and PDF-scanned, which are PDFs containing no text, only scanned images. The PDF-native files and PDFs with embedded text it will extract text from, the PDF-scanned files it will then OCR and export that text. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Best Windows TIFF combiner?

What is the best Windows TIFF combiner? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Jan 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Need magic to convert PDF to Excel

OCRfilter: any software that will take a PDF and convert it to Excel? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Oct 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Document scanning, archiving, and OCR?

Document scanning and archiving? (MI) [more inside]
posted by mireille on Feb 16, 2005 - 7 answers

How can I manage my paper documents using my computer?

Document management. I get a lot of paper documents (bills, letters, invoices, etc) and want to catalog them digitally. I want a program that scans a sheet (or multiple sheets), turns them into PDF and catalogs them (title, category, and maybe even del.icio.us style tags). Acrobat will do the first two stages, but I want something that does the cataloging too. Any suggestions? OCR not needed whatsoever.
posted by wackybrit on Jan 9, 2005 - 10 answers

How can I convert a scanned pdf to searchable text?

I need to convert a scanned pdf to searchable text, without printing it out and scanning it back in using OCR. Also, I'd like a cheap or free solution since I'm not likely to use it often ever again.
posted by nomis on May 6, 2004 - 17 answers

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