PDF saved to gibberish

Subject: PDF saved to gibberish
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:45:38 -0500 (CDT)

Hi, all.

I have tried two ways to save the text of a PDF to .txt and both attempts produced a weird, symbol-font type gibberish.

This is what it looks like once it's pasted into Plain Text: . In the .txt file, it shows lots of male and female symbols, exclamation points, musical notes, and geometric figures.

I used the Acrobat Save as Text command, and also selected all the text and pasted it into a .txt file. Same result both times.

I selected the gibberish and assigned different fonts to it; the gibberish showed up in the selected fonts. It seems as the text has been assigned to a different character set.

The PDF document properties show a Security Method of "No Security, " Document Assembly, Comenting, Signing, and Creation of Template Pages are Not Allowed.

Everything else, including Content Copying, is allowed.

Any ideas as to what's going on, and how I can successfully extract the text?




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