Acrobat Automation—Flatten Annotations

Earlier this week, I was provided multiple PDFs with text markups that did not appear in InDesign. In my article PDF Markups Missing When Placed Into InDesign, we discussed the source of this type of issue. In my article Acrobat Automated!, we discussed Acrobat Droplets and I provided an example to embed missing fonts. In[…]


Maximize usability and minimize file size of PDFs using Acrobat’s Object Character Recognition

Problems with scanned documents Unable to perform a word search Unable to copy text Unable to edit text Too large to email Too large to archive Acrobat’s Object Character Recognition (OCR) can fix these problems! As an example, I’ve scanned in an 129-page proposal at 300dpi on a Sharp MX6240, which resulted in a 119.3[…]

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Acrobat Automated!

Ive been using Photoshop Droplets to automate work for years and was pleasantly surprised to find similar functionality in Acrobat. In Acrobat Pro DC, select “Tools” then “Print Production”. Select “Preflight” Acrobat’s Preflight, it offers some powerful tools for managing all aspects of your PDFs. PDF Fixups include most of the tools I typically use[…]

GREP Units

InDesign Grep Styles, Prevent Units of Measurement from Breaking

Is there a name for units of measurements that break to a new line and leave behind their number? Let’s call them strays. If strays bug you, GREP is here to help. 1. Establish your character style Set up a character style, which has No Break set. 2. Creating the basic GREP Style Set up[…]