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Thread poster: linadia
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May 26, 2004

Hello all,

I have a pdf file with scanned content, so I'm unable to copy and paste it into another file. Does anyone know hoe to do this?

Thank you


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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- May 26, 2004

Moving your posting to the Software Applications forum.

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You can't May 26, 2004

nadiaa wrote:

Hello all,

I have a pdf file with scanned content, so I'm unable to copy and paste it into another file. Does anyone know hoe to do this?

Thank you


It's like getting a fax or hard copy — there's no copying and pasting. You might be able to use character recognition software to produce editable text, though I don't know how well that would work.


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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ABBYY FineReader 7.0 May 26, 2004

You should treat it as an image file. First open the pdf file with ABBYY FineReader 7.0 and then convert it to a Word Document. I often do it and get satisfactory results. Hope that helps.

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Doaa El Hefnawy  Identity Verified
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Specify the language May 27, 2004

Well, if your document is in English, then you are certainly in luck. You can use OCR as Selcuk suggested or you can use a program that converts pdf files into word files. There are some suggestions in this thread
http://www.proz.com/post/141276#141276. However, if your file is in arabic then it would be complicated because you will have to buy an OCR specifically for arabic. The prices range for these products anywhere from $400 to $4000. As for the conversion software, no one was able to suggest one that worked with Arabic even though it might be among the languages supported in some products but it still does not work. So, good luck.


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Shang
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copy and paste into another file May 27, 2004

Open it with Acrobat. Click on Select Image tool on toolbar, choose the area you want to copy, press Ctrl+C, and paste the content into another file.

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linadia
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Thank you all May 27, 2004

Thank you all for your help.

Actually the document is luckily in English which makes it easy to try an OCR to turn the image to an editable format.

Thanks again


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linadia
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Thank you all May 27, 2004

Thank you all for your help.

Actually the document is luckily in English which makes it easy to try an OCR to turn the image to an editable format.

I tried to copy and paste the image to a word file but it's pasted as an image.

Thanks again


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Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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use Paper Capture plug-in May 27, 2004

you might also want to see thread http://www.proz.com/post/136215#136215
where a similar issue was discussed.

Paper Capture is a free, little known OCR plug-in for Acrobat, easy to use and with pretty good results. See http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=1907.

Roberta


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linadia
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Can't find the paper capture in Acrobat 6 May 27, 2004

Roberta Anderson wrote:

you might also want to see thread http://www.proz.com/post/136215#136215
where a similar issue was discussed.

Paper Capture is a free, little known OCR plug-in for Acrobat, easy to use and with pretty good results. See http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=1907.

Roberta


Hi Roberta,

Thank you for your help.

I have Acrobat 6 but couldn't find paper capture any where. I looked in the help and on their site but found nothing. So I downloaded the paper capture plug-in from the link you gave me but it works only with version 5.

So do I have to go back to Acrobat 5 to use it, or there is a built-in tool in Acrobat 6? In the tutorial, they say they have but I couldn't find it.

Thanks


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Paper capture in Acrobat 6 May 27, 2004

is in the menu Documents > Paper capture.

Assuming that you have full Acrobat version.


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Stephanie Sullivan
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ABBYY FineReader May 28, 2004

I've also had good results with this software. You can download text recognition add-ons for various languages and they also do a free trial.
http://download.com.com/3000-2079-10228095.html


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linadia
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Paper capture plug-in worked May 28, 2004

Hello all,

Thank you all for your replies and suggestions.

I tried Acrobat 5 with the paper capture tool and it worked, but some parts of the document could not be recognized so they remained in image format.
The result was OK, better than nothing.

As for ABBYY Fine Reader, I'm familiar with it. I use it to scan texts and it's helpful.

Thank you and good day to you all.

nadia


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Paper Capture commands to find any unrecognized text May 29, 2004

After running the Paper Capture tool, you might want to try its commands to find any unrecognized text: it will show you the "image", bitmap original and allow you to type in what it should actually be. Quick and easy.

HtH,
Roberta


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linadia
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Can you explain more how to do this please? May 29, 2004

Roberta Anderson wrote:

After running the Paper Capture tool, you might want to try its commands to find any unrecognized text: it will show you the "image", bitmap original and allow you to type in what it should actually be. Quick and easy.

HtH,
Roberta


Thank you Roberta for the tips.

During the process of recognition, it gave error messages that some parts of the document could not be converted to text.
But I'm afraid I don't know how to do this.

Thanks

nadia


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