I'm not an Acrobat expert by any means, but have you tried OCR Text Recognition? I'm on Acrobat 8, and for me, that's Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognize Text Using OCR... I think it's available in Acrobat 7, but I'm not sure. Have used it occasionally to varying degrees of success.
Figured it might be worth a shot. -Lise On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:59 PM, Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com>wrote: > Well, at least you've got it down to a font problem. > > If you don't have access to a Mac that may have the missing fonts, you > may want to try a third-party tool, such as: > http://www.pdftodocconverterpro.com/ which at least gives you a free > trial. > > But if you can't find a Mac and the converters don't work, you > probably need to start typing. > > Art > > Art Campbell > art.campbell at gmail.com > "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 > Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson > No disclaimers apply. > DoD 358 > > > > On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Shuttleworth, Roger > <Roger_Shuttleworth at tvworks.com> wrote: > > Wow, that was worth a try! However... > > > > I reprinted the PDF to the Adobe PDF printer. No problems. The file > displays OK. > > > > I tried Save As RTF from the redistilled version and got an informative > message: > > > > "Acrobat was able to make this document accessible but found the > following oddities: > > > > Some font(s) missing information needed to determine the characters that > correspond to the symbols (glyphs) in the font. [90 of 90 glyphs (Apple > > Chancery)]" > > > > [I wonder what "accessible" means in this context? I'm none too familiar > with Accessibility settings, but when I tried a Full Check it said, "All of > > the text in this document lacks a language specification." But perhaps > I'm barking up the wrong tree here.] > > > > Apple Chancery is indeed an embedded subset in the original PDF. > > The resultant RTF is rather interesting but of no use to me. It consists > of all caps, and a sample appears below: > > > ___'YYUIOGZK_SKSHKXY_YNGRR_HK_SKSHKXY_UL_ZNK_V[HROI_UX_;=5_LGI[RZ___]NU_NG\K_ > GT_OTZKXKYZ_OT_GZZKTJOTM_')+_SKKZOTMY_GTJ_VXUMXGSY_ > > > > Saving as text produces similar all-cap text. > > > > It's beginning to look as though I'll have to retype the doc...the > original source doc is lost (not by me, I might add!). > > > > Roger > > > > > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: knowhowpro at gmail.com [mailto:knowhowpro at gmail.com] On Behalf Of > Peter Gold > > Sent: March 10, 2009 1:08 PM > > To: Shuttleworth, Roger > > Cc: Art Campbell; framers at lists.frameusers.com > > Subject: Re: OT: Cannot extract text from PDF > > > > Have you tried: > > > > * Copy/Paste > > * Printing to PDF from Acrobat Pro, then trying to extract text by Save > As? > > > > HTH > > > > Regards, > > > > Peter Gold > > KnowHow ProServices > > > > On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM, Shuttleworth, Roger > > <Roger_Shuttleworth at tvworks.com> wrote: > >> Thanks for your help. > >> > >> I can save other PDFs without a problem. > >> My Acrobat version is Acrobat Pro 7.1.0. > >> The Application was AppleWorks. The PDF Producer is Mac OSX 10.3.9 > Quartz PdfContext according to the Document Properties window. There seems > to be > >> nothing else interesting in the metadata, and no security applied. > >> > >> Roger > >> > >> -----Original Message----- > >> From: knowhowpro at gmail.com [mailto:knowhowpro at gmail.com] On Behalf Of > Peter Gold > >> Sent: March 10, 2009 12:47 PM > >> To: Art Campbell > >> Cc: Shuttleworth, Roger; framers at lists.frameusers.com > >> Subject: Re: OT: Cannot extract text from PDF > >> > >>>> I have a PDF that was created using Mac OSX 10.3.9. It displays fine > on my Windows XP SP3 machine, but I cannot extract the text and create a > > Word > >>>> doc. When I try Save As, I get nothing produced except an error: > >>>> > >>>> > >>>> > >>>> Bad PDF; could not read page structure. <Bad PDF; error in processing > fonts: cannot find CMAP resource file>  > >> > >> If the PDF was made using Mac's Preview application, this could be the > problem; > >> check document info for Creator. > >> > >> If you get the same error when trying to Save As with all documents, > >> the Acrobat installation may be corrupted. > >> > > > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as rentagoodbook at gmail.com. > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/rentagoodbook%40gmail.com > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. >