I am using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
I have an arabic text in pdf document in which I am unable to search for words. No words in the document are found even though they do exist.
I will appreciate any help as to why I cannot search for words in the document.
Can you make sure that your text is not an image, or outlined?
It could be related to the fonts used in the PDF, let us know what are the fonts used in the document by going to the following menu… File > Properties, then click on the "Fonts" tab to see the list of Arabic fonts. To make it easier for you, do provide screenshot of the list.
It's not an image, but I don't know if it's outlined or not
What happens when you select the text, copy it and then paste it in an editor, like Word? Does it come out looking like it should?
If I copy it and paste it, I will have unreadeable characters
Then the font encoding in the PDF file is bad.
Apparently, the font is not a genuine Arabic font. I mean it is like AXT fonts in the past where the character drawing is an Arabic character shape but the font table is not Arabic. In the past with AXT fonts, we couldn't search either.
If you have original InDesign or MS. Word document, you may use other Arabic fonts that you purchased or that came with your Adobe subscription.