Better PDF text search engine than Acrobat?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 31, 2022 Aug 31, 2022

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MY PROBLEM: Often when I search a large PDF document for information I will get multiple hits when I search for a specific single word (or phrase). But often I am searching for two or more words that appear close together. If I type in the the phrase I want, it often comes back with zero results because the phrase I entered does not appear in the document as I typed it. 

 

AN EXAMPLE: I'm search for camera settings in a 350+ page PDF user manual and I would like to know the different burst (multiple shots) rate options. I type in "burst rate". There are zero results for this exact phrase ... BUT ... I don't need the exact phrase. It may turn out that the title of the page is "Burst Settings" and on that page is the word "rate" and the answer to my question. 

 

MY QUESTION: Is there a PDF search engine (maybe Acrobat?) that will allow me to enter two or more search words and it will order the results depending on how close (e.g., in character spaces) the search words I entered are in the document. One would think that this is not difficult to program. Also, with so many programs using "AI" these days, this task shouldn't be that hard???

 

Maybe Acrobat (the paid version) will do this? If not, any suggestions?

 

Thanks,

 

- Simon

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Sep 08, 2022 Sep 08, 2022

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Hi,

 

When using the search in Acrobat pro, I get the following window when I try to search .

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there is also the option to index the documents that might provide you with what you want

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But I guess you need to try it out to see if it works for you can try for free, be careful as you get charged as soon as the trial period ends - https://www.adobe.com/uk/acrobat/free-trial-download.html?mv=search&sdid=X2PHHWM8&ef_id=EAIaIQobChMI...

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2022 Sep 13, 2022

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BarlaeDC -

Thank you so much for the help. I'll get a trail version and give it a try. 

- Simon

 

 

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Sep 13, 2022 Sep 13, 2022

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It's long been a rather hidden gem in the Acrobat products.  Find is good, while the lesser-known Advanced Search feature is much more robust!  It's worth experimenting with to see if it does some of the things you need.

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Dave

 

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 21, 2022

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To all who replied to my question ... THANK YOU!

I really appreciate the screenshots with the call outs and pointers so I can easily see what to do.

I'll give it a try.

- Simon

 

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Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Re screenshot #3: It's really annoying that these options are only available when searching multiple files, though.

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