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Preview cannot copy and mark up text

212 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 8, 2013 3:32 AM by Bomiboll RSS
Bomiboll Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 9, 2012 12:22 AM

Some pdf files do not allow copy and mark-up text, I do not know which pdf file do not allow this.

Is it possible to work arround this limitation ?

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 1:28 AM (in response to Bomiboll)

    PDF files can be set to disallow copying text or images. Typically there is no way around it for the recipient.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to Bomiboll)

    It almost sounds as if you're having scanned docs in PDF format. If that is the case, then there's nothing you could do anyway, it'd be an image, not text.


    There used to be PDF viewers that were able to "ignore" security settings and locks, but that's years ago and I don't know what's on offer these days, if any. So much is sure: you won't find such software in the App Store.

  • Daniel Ebeck Level 4 Level 4 (1,540 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 3:28 AM (in response to Bomiboll)

    Yes, they can, but OCR software is generally hit-and-miss. It really does depend on how the PDFs were originally created, as at their most basic level a PDF is just an image of a page. Many of the advanced features need to be embedded at creation.

    You could try talking to the originator, or try getting the original files and redo the PDF process?


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