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Editing Adobe Acrobat Objects - How to Select and cut out a small piece of a pdf file

I receive by E-fax pdf documents. The document is essentially a scanned fax saved as a pdf. The document occasionally has sensitive data on a part of the page. I would like to have a tool that surrounds the data and then deletes. (something like a "reverse cropping tool...") The purpose is to store the document with everything that bis important but minimize the risk that the sensitive data could be misudes later.

I know I can do this in Photoshop. But, I would prefer to do this from within Acrobat. Is there a way to simply accomplish?

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TheACTDudeCommented:
are you using acrobat reader? Not sure if it is possible with that verison. But with standard/professional verison you can do this:

Select the Text Touch Up Tool. You should be able to highlight the information and then delete. Save the pdf.
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jjs1959Author Commented:
It is not Reader. It is the Professional Acrobat version. The entire document is a "graphic" and the text touch up tool does not work on any part of the document.
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TheACTDudeCommented:
try the Touch Up Object tool, highight and then puch the delete button
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jjs1959Author Commented:
The Touch Up Object tool highlights the entire document. I assume the entire document has been created as and is treated as a single large object. My goal is to remove just a small portion of that object.
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TheACTDudeCommented:
With this tool, you should be able to draw a box around the area you want to delete. Is this not happening?
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jjs1959Author Commented:
That is not happening. I can right click on the object with the Touch Up Object Tool and get an Editr Object Command. But, that only allows me to edit by opening another application to accomplish the task, such as Photoshop.
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TheACTDudeCommented:
I had a colleague of mine send me a pdfed fax from efax. It looks like the only option is going to be using another image editting program to remove the stuff you dont want. After this, then you can print it to the pdf writer.

Stinks that you can do this directly from Acrobat, but like you said it's treating everything like a single image.
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TheACTDudeCommented:
one other option may be to use the Square tool and cover the data you dont want other to see with a white box.
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jjs1959Author Commented:
If I use the square tool and then set security to prevent editing, would that reasonably keep others from viewing the data.
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TheACTDudeCommented:
It should.

But its always smart to test it. Try adding the security and opening it on one of the user workstations. Like I said it should, but it is always nice to see it working in person.
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
If you want to be able to search, CORRECT (which can mean that you replace it with xxxx), and copy the text in a scanned Adobe PDF file, you can "capture" the pages in one of three file formats: Adobe PDF Formatted Text and Graphics, PDF Searchable Image (Exact), and Searchable Image (Compact). All formats apply optical character recognition (OCR) and font and page recognition to the text images and convert them to normal text. The searchable image file types have a bitmap image of the pages in the foreground and the captured text on an invisible layer beneath.You can use the Paper Capture command on pages that were scanned or imported with the following resolutions:l Black-and-white images at 200 to 600 dpi (300 dpi is generally optimal).l Grayscale or color images at 200 to 400 dpi.To convert scanned pages to searchable text:1. Open the file you want to capture, and choose Document > Paper Capture > Start Capture.2. Specify the pages to be captured.3. Under Settings, click the Edit button if you want to change the primary optical character recognition (OCR) language, the PDF output style, or the image downsampling. For PDF Output Style, choose Searchable Image (Exact) to keep the original image in the foreground and place searchable text behind the image. Choose Searchable Image (Compact) to apply compression to the foreground image to reduce file size but also reduce image quality. Choose Formatted Text and Graphics to reconstruct the original page using recognized text, fonts, pictures, and other graphic elements.Note: The primary OCR language menu is available only if you perform a custom installation and choose Roman Paper Capture.4. In the Paper Capture dialog box, click OK to start the conversion.
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