Need option to disable automatic Convert to Text

Participant ,
Apr 09, 2015 Apr 09, 2015

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Using Acrobat DC under Mac.

  1. So I open a PDF that is composed of multiple scanned pages.
  2. From the (Tools?) panel, I click Edit PDF.
  3. As I flip through the pages, I realize that Acrobat is automatically applying "Convert to Text"
  4. However, I don't want this, and there is no way to turn this off. This is terribly inconvenient and distracting.

For the Settings, please add an option to disable automatic conversion. Not sure why I'm having to ask for this.

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Community Beginner , Nov 27, 2015 Nov 27, 2015
Thought I'd copy over the answer from Adobe from another very similar post.  Thanks Adobe, you got there in the end.Correct Answer by Bilal Ansari on Oct 16, 2015 8:33 PMHi everyone,Thanks for your patience. We understand that this is an annoying behaviour and now we have a solution for you. In the latest version of Acrobat DC, you can disable the "auto convert to text".Just open any scanned PDF and click on Edit PDF. On first launch, Acrobat will convert the image to text. Now all you have to d...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 09, 2015 Apr 09, 2015

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Want you edit the document content or not?

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Participant ,
Apr 09, 2015 Apr 09, 2015

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Hi Bernd,

I see that your English is a little weak, but I believe that you are asking, "Why did you click 'Convert to Text' and not expect that all of the pages would be converted automatically."

Well, in a situation where I am working with a single page out of a collection, I need the following:

  1. Cursor down to the page that I need, without the pages being converted automatically.
  2. When I get to the page that I need, I click "Convert to Text."

There needs to be an option to turn off automatic conversion.

Thanks

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2015 Apr 22, 2015

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Using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for Windows

I not editing the content of the document.  I wanted to add text.  When you click the edit pdf icon, it automatically begins to convert the document to text.  This is really annoying.  Please remove the auto convert to text or give an option to turn this off.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2015 May 28, 2015

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Agreed. Same as DeniseSullivan here, I need to add text not edit existing text and so the conversion is (apart from slowing things down) extremely unstable and causing "Internal error has occurred" errors and crashes.

I'd use comment mode, but the text there has fewer options for formating (Can't immediately see way to change colour of text?).

Please make the automatic conversion an option!

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2015 Jun 15, 2015

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I, too, am finding the inability to turn off the automatic conversion a major annoyance. Often on complex pages, the program just crashes.

Many times I only wish to edit the image, not convert it to editable text. I have found that when I do want conversion to editable text, the program does a great job. I just really need to make it not automatic. I would like (need, really) to have the option to turn it off.

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New Here ,
Sep 25, 2015 Sep 25, 2015

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Some of the PDF functions (Add text, Crop page) can be added to the toolbar. When you open a PDF you can then bypass the Edit PDF tool and select the desired function directly. ScreenShot078.jpg

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New Here ,
Sep 26, 2015 Sep 26, 2015

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Thanks much! That was very helpful.

On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM, jimm61627157 <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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New Here ,
Dec 27, 2016 Dec 27, 2016

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I cannot see how to add "Crop pages" to the toolbar. under View --> Show/Hide --> Toolbar Items it is not an option. (I have Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2015.) I want to crop parts of different 16th century scanned books as images, and the conversion mangles them beyond recognition. Importing them to MS Word and cropping them there reduces the resolution considerably, so that doesn't work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 27, 2016 Dec 27, 2016

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Use "Customize Quick Tools".

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2015 Jun 18, 2015

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I'm using the trial version and plan to purchase a PDF editor soon.  So far I find Acrobat to be a superior product but this automatic conversion without any option to disable it is just too much of an annoyance for me to consider purchasing it .  Like David, I am also experiencing crashes on complex pages when the conversion is occurring.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 18, 2015 Jun 18, 2015

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Auto-recognition goofs the original document after running recognition so not sure how it would help.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2015 Jun 19, 2015

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I agree. There are several situations where I need to preserve the images and outlined text, without having Acrobat automatically detect and convert text (for example, logos, images, etc.).

Please make automatic recognition optional!

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New Here ,
Jul 06, 2015 Jul 06, 2015

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I have lost so much time undoing the automatic recognitions.  PLEASE fix this ASAP!!!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2015 Jul 28, 2015

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Please, please allow us to disable this automatic document conversion!!! I scan documents all day long sometimes just need to enhance the background of the scan to make the watermark readable and I don't need to have all the text suddenly editable. On a 30 page scanned document, I'm wasting almost 5 minutes waiting for the conversion and then undoing it.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 28, 2015 Aug 28, 2015

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Agree with all the above. This needs fixing. Though I understand the rationale behind the recognition, it's incredibly inconvenient to me several times a day. e.g. Today I need to recreate a business card, like for like, from a pdf. I need to extract the bitmap and at present cannot. The only option is to rasterize the pdf which is frustrating to say the least.  PLEASE FIX!

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New Here ,
Aug 30, 2015 Aug 30, 2015

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I am adding my concurrence with the opinions above.  The need to edit a page does *not* imply that OCR is needed.  I would prefer that it is disabled by default with an option to make it automatic for those that need it.  The development team's immediate attention to this issue is greatly appreciated.

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New Here ,
Aug 31, 2015 Aug 31, 2015

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I agree as well. I open a lot of PDF files to crop the page down to the image and I don't need the OCR to run. Sometimes when it runs it also rotates the page and/or corrupts the image. Please give me an option for turn this off.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 15, 2015 Sep 15, 2015

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jimm61627157 wrote:

I agree as well. I open a lot of PDF files to crop the page down to the image and I don't need the OCR to run. Sometimes when it runs it also rotates the page and/or corrupts the image. Please give me an option for turn this off.

You can open the Page Thumbnails and use Crop Pages...

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2015 Sep 15, 2015

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Could we get a response from an Adobe representative on this? This is incredibly frustrating and the solution seems quite simple, and required by a great many of your users.

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New Here ,
Sep 25, 2015 Sep 25, 2015

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I second all of the above.  There HAS to be a way to turn the auto feature off.  Otherwise I'll have to just use the older version.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 27, 2015 Nov 27, 2015

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Thought I'd copy over the answer from Adobe from another very similar post.  Thanks Adobe, you got there in the end.

Bilal Ansari

Correct Answer by Bilal Ansari on Oct 16, 2015 8:33 PM

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your patience. We understand that this is an annoying behaviour and now we have a solution for you. In the latest version of Acrobat DC, you can disable the "auto convert to text".

Just open any scanned PDF and click on Edit PDF. On first launch, Acrobat will convert the image to text. Now all you have to do is click on the 'Revert to Image' button on the Right Hand Pane. Acrobat now remembers this setting and will not convert any scanned document to text unless you change it from here.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016

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That's an asinine fix. I don't want to convert back every time, I just want to edit the damn file without converting anything.

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New Here ,
May 09, 2016 May 09, 2016

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I just did this.  You won't have to convert back every time, but every time you do something different than last time, you are toggling the default, so the "asinine" verdict stands.

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May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016

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Terrible feature flaw, please rectify, albeit it's too late for me.

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