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Acrobat cannot run OCR due to renderable text on page

Community Beginner ,
Apr 23, 2024 Apr 23, 2024

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A search to solve the above and create a seachable document where the text is recognized. Goal is to change the text as the document is written in an old typewriter font, making it hard to read.

 

One of the solutions found in the forum is: Convert the PDF to TIFF file format and then back to PDF which creates INDIVIDUAL tiff pages. I've got 150 pages so the question is how to create the TIFF files so that they are ONE book with 150 pages, not 150 individual TIFF pages so I'm not OCR and recognizing the text in 150 individual pages? \

 

Larry

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Acrobat 2024

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Apr 23, 2024 Apr 23, 2024

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After exporting the pages as TIFF images go to Create - Combine Files into a Single PDF, and select all of these files. It will convert them to PDFs and merge them as a single file. Then you could run OCR on that file.

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Apr 23, 2024 Apr 23, 2024

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Actually, it's better than that! If you run a jpg, png, or any other kind of file AFTER it's converted to a PDF, you must run OCR. However, if you run TIF files through, it will first ask you if you want these as one file or separate. Click on one file, and it will combine it into a PDF AND run the OCR without any intervention on your part.

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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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Gary, that would be great, but where do I get the option to select, combining it into one file? Thx

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Apr 26, 2024 Apr 26, 2024

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Hi @Lrrryo (Sorry I was away on a short holiday, got back last night)

 

When you drag two or more files onto the Acrobat icon in the Dock, that should automatically bring up this window (note: I just grabbed two PNG files on my desktop to generate this window. So this works regardless of the file type as long as they are capable of being converted into PDFs by dropping them onto Acrobat.

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I suggest you grab two or more pages of your document and drop them onto the Acrobat icon. If you do not see this, then please get back to me.

 

Let me know what happens either way

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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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Yes, I can do that but I have 150 pages. How can I automate combining the 150 pages to one document?

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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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Yes, I can do that but I have 150 pages. How can I automate combining the 150 pages to one document?


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Combine files should be the solution:

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ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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A search to solve the above and create a seachable document where the text is recognized. Goal is to change the text as the document is written in an old typewriter font, making it hard to read.


By @Lrrryo

Do you want to recognize old scanned pages into recognizable text? If they are challenging to read, they may also be difficult to recognize. The human eye is indeed better than the machine with text recognition.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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