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For myself (and it appears many others) this is the worst feature Adobe Acrobat (maybe Adobe period) currently has. Trying to edit a PDF is a nightmare with this idiotic scan. It repeatedly scans, over and over (once isn't enough?) it takes forever, and oddly it tilts random images off center.
What is the purpose of this? To frustrate users into using another PDF editor? I could understand if it was a work in progress, but you can't even turn the damn thing off. I've tried all the "steps" recommended and nothing. Yes, I have the latest version.
Threads like this appear through-out Adobe support. It's currently a garbage feature - allow me to turn it off until it's useful. Until then, I'm using another editor.
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When you Edit PDF what want you edit?
In this case, I simply want to be able to add/remove text, and switch a few images. Rather uncomplicated - you would think.
However, every time I scroll past (without even touching) an image, it starts the entire 'performing page recognition' again - for the entire 80 page document. In every awful encouter I've had with this 'Auto OCR' (even docs with only a few pages) the process itself takes far too long and wastes time rather than saves it.
As of now, it's an annoyance and I'd prefer to turn it off completely, but even that doesn't seem possible.
You can disable this at Edit PDF:
Mine is and has been unchecked, but when I clicked the edit tab it started performing text recognition anyway. (it was unchecked before, during and after the recognition process, and I leave it unchecked by default).
I hit excape and clicked the X but not quickly enough to stop the first few pages. The reason I do not want this is that I don't need it and it sometimes changes the spelling and formatting to be incorrect. The other annoying thing not previously mentioned is that it automatically saves the file (the pop up window showing the scan progress says "saving" before you can close it). I do not want this saved because it made my doc look weird. When I hit undo, it just started scanning again.
Again, the recognize text box was unchecked throughout.
I am with Clint. I need to turn this "feature" off but the Recognize Text box is greyed out within the Edit PDF
option, right under 'Settings'. This OCR is really bad when i have a full page of music and the scan starts and
turns every note on the score editable. I want to maintain the "Image" asis from Finale. The OCR is a nightmare in this context. Thank you in advance for your help.
This checkbox is only active for scanned documents.
This isnt the correct answer its not 'recognise text' its 'page recognition' which scans graphics. and ruins them. turn this off please adobe. thanks
and why cant i UNDO the scan? it is just completely stupid.
once again this is not 'recognise text', i have unchecked that box and it is still doing the scan. its just done it again. completely wasted my day and night trying to fix this document because of this feature.
and one more thing! it saves it automatically too! so when i close the unsaved document to try and revert back to the original, it has still ruined all my graphics! hurray!!!!
The checkbox doesn't do anything, even with a scanned document, you uncheck and it still does the whole perform page recognition ordeal, moves things around, reduces the clarity, and all kinds of things nobody would ever want to do.
I completely agree. This is shoul dbe optional. Devalues the product. Guess Canva it is
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MAN I am in an absolute rage right now over this feature and was about to post something like this myself.
i cannot actually believe how annoying this is. I have made my documents in indesign. My graphics and layout and colours are DONE. I dont need acrobate to touch that. All im trying to do is edit some text fields as i am making an interacive PDF.
Everytime i click slightly out of the text fields or something when im adjusting, it decides to scan my whole page and 'recognise' everything and make it all editable and movable. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT THIS TO HAPPEN AUTOMATICALLY?
its ruining my design, my files are ruined and i have to start all opver again to try and do this text fields without clicking in the wrong place or it will happen again!! im on like my tenth time now. I have had enough!!!!! turn off this stupid feature
P.s. AND BY THE WAY this is not 'Recognise text' that is turned off. this is called 'page recognition' and i dont know if im just too much in a rage to see how to turn this off but i cannot see anything anywhere to disable it
I have had the same problem, but just with the latest update, though - as of today. I had to go to the Acrobat preferences, and under "Convert from pdf", view EVERY format in the list, and check the edit options for ALL of them, to uncheck the "Run OCR if needed" wherever it appeared (changes it to 'false'). and so far it is working. Previously, it would want to OCR scanned images sometimes, but then I could turn off the check box as indicated above (which also removed any OCR results), and all would be fine until the next time I checked the box on because I did want to OCR something....
Don't know if you still have this issue but I managed to find a way to get it to stop. In prefrences under reading change the reading order option to 'use reading order in raw print stream' and then the screen reader option to 'only read the currently visible page' I havn't had it try to recognise my document since doing that.
OH wow I did not realize the page recognition is different from the text recognition. no wonder the checkbox is useless....
And thank you Kym5E5E, I've just tried your suggestion, fingers crossed! Do you happen to know what those settings do? I don't really understand what the reading order even refers to.
I don't actually know what those settings do but I've never noticed a difference without them.