Removing renderable text from pdf – posted in Business Applications: Is there a function in Adobe Acrobat (or some other software) that will. For all those people out there – students, academics, archivists, and eBooks readers – who have been stymied by Adobe® Acrobat’s® stubborn. A-PDF OCR is an effective application that works for your convenience. It enables you to get the texts from the scanned paperwork and PDF.

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PDF first, before trying this much more time consuming technique. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available here. I’ve forgotten my password.

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Anonymous June 4, at 1: That depends upon what you mean by “edit. I honestly don’t know much more than what I have already posted here in this blog post. It seems people keep coming up with creative ways to try to prevent people from performing OCR on their documents.

If somebody can suggest something I would be very happy. From time to time, a customer will send me a PDF which generates the error.

Removing renderable text from pdf

Optional If you had to use either of the last two options above then you may want to double check that things have actually started processing. Anonymous December 4, at 9: Cipher October 11, at 7: While that isn’t a problem for a mostly-image scanned document because there is a relatively small amount of “rendered text,” it is renderabld nightmare delege mostly-text documents because of the vast quantity of individual vectors they contain.


This process generates some really large transitional files. Body text alignment changed. Thank you very much Grant for your post. It is acceptably readable but it looks weird and those words or letters aren’t selectable.

Acrobat DC ends the dreaded “Renderable Text” Error for Scanned Docs

Remember me This is not recommended for shared computers. Anonymous February 8, at 9: After printing, the document will be ready to be OCRed by Acrobat.

That did it for me: Text that is actually only an image should convert rather quickly because this process seems to simply move the image portions of the documents straight over without any conversion or alteration whatsoever. Rather than pop up a dialog and ask what you want to do, the software just chokes. Actively thinking of new things.

Oh well, I do renderagle that many Mac machines come with a Windows emulator, so maybe people could use that to enable them to use my technique. Ah, the games that get played in discovery, but, I digress. I love answering questions. Name the files appropriately so you can better judge the results of your experiments.


I have an older version. As you can imagine, this makes for an incredibly large file see the table below and it takes a really long time.

Fix the OCR error Could Not Perform Recognition in Acrobat

How are we to know better than you whether the file has been OCR’d? At one time, I even helped a small law firm discover that the other side had deliberately embedded vector text to prevent OCR. It may seem simplistic, but if you receive documents without searchable OCR, ask for it.

Your final files are likely to be somewhat larger than the original file, depending on the original document and which OCR output style you choose. Research shows this is very important to your overall productivity and health.