re: Adobe Search Question

Subject: re: Adobe Search Question
From: Shlomo Perets <shlomo2 -at- microtype -dot- com>
To: Martin Bosworth <martinhbosworth -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 08:54:35 +0300


You wrote:

> I have a co-worker who is having difficulty searching for words in an
> Adobe Acrobat PDF document. Sometimes he sees the word, and it doesn't
> come up in the text. Sometimes he doesn't get all instances of the
> word.

> He's running 6.0 and I'm using 7.0. Before I advise him on how to fix
> that, are there any changes between the two versions in terms of
> search capability I should be aware of?

I don't know of specific differences between Acrobat 6 and 7 related to non-searchable text.

With all versions of Acrobat, some of the text may not be consistently located by the Find or Search functions. Reasons for search-related problems include:
* incorrect PS driver output or settings
* font issues (Type 3 fonts, OpenType special features, corrupt font data)
* character spacing
* issues with specific authoring applications
* built-in limitations (eg phrase split across page boundaries)

Try copying the text you see in Acrobat/Reader and pasting it in a text editor (or save as RTF and open in Word); then inspect the text in the text editor (this should give some idea as to what is stored internally in Acrobat).

Shlomo Perets

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