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replace highlight with redaction

Explorer ,
Jul 17, 2023 Jul 17, 2023

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Is it possible to replace highlighted text with a redaction?

 

My college highligted the text to redact (he only has the reader).

I have to redact all highlights.

I would like to do this all at once instead of going through the whole document.

 

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Community Expert , Jul 17, 2023 Jul 17, 2023

Sure. Change the middle part to this:

 

		if (annot.type=="Highlight") {
			annot.type = "Redact";
			annot.fillColor = color.black;
		}

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Jul 17, 2023 Jul 17, 2023

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Yes, this can be done with a script:

 

this.syncAnnotScan();
var annots = this.getAnnots();
if (annots!=null) {
	for (var i in annots) {
		var annot = annots[i];
		if (annot.type=="Highlight") annot.type = "Redact";
	}
}

 

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Jul 17, 2023 Jul 17, 2023

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Thank you!

It works great, but the redactions are in white, and I would like them in black.

Is this possible?

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Jul 17, 2023 Jul 17, 2023

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Sure. Change the middle part to this:

 

		if (annot.type=="Highlight") {
			annot.type = "Redact";
			annot.fillColor = color.black;
		}

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Jul 17, 2023 Jul 17, 2023

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Thank you, I knew it was simple 🙂

 

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Jul 09, 2024 Jul 09, 2024

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Can you give me step by step on how to do this. 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2023 Oct 21, 2023

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Is there any way to actually apply redactions to these after completing the script? Thanks! 

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Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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Sure, add this line:

 

this.applyRedactions();

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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Thank you so much! Is there anyway I could also add something in there to redact shapes? I have also been using rectangles to highlight text in images that I would like to redact 

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Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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If that text is part of the image, you can redact the whole image or nothing. You can, however, edit the image in Photoshop and “redact” manually.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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Another question actually - is there a script to redact highlights/shapes after you have flattened the document? 

 

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Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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You can redact anything, but you can't use a script to detect highlights or shapes after they were flattened. Only text, or meta-objects (such as comments, fields, links, etc.).

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Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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Hi! Is there a way to do the opposite? Redact everything NOT highlighted? I've been searching all over and this is the closest I've found. Sorry to ask a different question.

I'm working with a document that has many lines. And I want to keep say 20 that i've highlighted and redact everything else not highlighted. Or perhaps there is an easier way? 

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Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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It's doable, but not a trivial task. You would need to calculate the areas for all the rectangles between the highlights, and then place Redaction annotations over them, and apply them.

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New Here ,
May 08, 2024 May 08, 2024

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Hello

 

Total newbie here,

 

i get this in the debugger "NotAllowedError: Security settings prevent access to this property or method.
Doc.applyRedactions:7:Document-Level:Redact" when running

 

this.syncAnnotScan();
var annots = this.getAnnots();
if (annots!=null) {
for (var i in annots) {
var annot = annots[i];
if (annot.type=="Highlight") annot.type = "Redact";
this.applyRedactions();
}
}

 

Could anyone point me to what i need to do to apply the redactions. 

 

 

 

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May 08, 2024 May 08, 2024

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Use the script in the JavaScript console.
Why do you apply the redactions in the for loop?

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May 09, 2024 May 09, 2024

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Move this line to be the last one in your code:

this.applyRedactions();

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May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024

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I have add:

this.applyRedactions();

But does not apply the redactions. Text text is still visible, but only redacts if I hover over. I wanting to redact what is highlighted and save the file as redacted version.

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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Post your full code, please.

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