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Subject:Re: PDF saved to gibberish From:Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net> To:Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>,TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Mon, 14 Jun 2010 21:12:53 -0400
I went through this exact same thing using pdf files supplied by my
company's home office in China. We were trying to get Word (or at
least rtf) files. The result was using ABBY PDF Transformer as
recommended by another subscriber to this list.
We bought several copies of it (only one installation allowed per
license), and are EXTREMELY pleased -- no more problem pdf's.
-- Ken in Atlanta
At 10:45 AM 6/14/2010, Nancy Allison wrote:
>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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