Remove PDF redaction (black box)

DickStone
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I have a PDF file that has graphic on pne page with a redaction (black box) over part of it. I  want to remove the box. I know the box is separate, since I see the underneath graphic for about 1/10th of a second when I move to that page and then it's covered over. What's underneath is a graphic, not text.

I have Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro and PDF Professional 6.

How do I remove the black box or see the graphic? I'm will to buy software if needed.
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DickStone,

It sounds like it is not properly redacted, but simply overlaid with black boxes. If so, if you can select what's underneath (try highlighting with a mouse, or if you can't then try selecting the entire document), you may be able to copy and paste it, without the black box showing over the top.

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LHerrou

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No good...
The selction tool doesn't seem to select anything on that page (it works on other pages).
Selecting the entire document and copying results in only the redaction numbers,
Snapshot picks up both the graphic and the black box.
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And when you open it in Acrobat (not Reader), can you select the black box? Do you have access to Photoshop, can you open it with that program and select the back box or the underlying image?
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In Acrobat, I can select other pages. But I can't select anything on the page I'm interested in -- not even the page..
In Photoshop, it opens as a single layer. If something is a single layer, you can't select objects -- just areas. Photoshop doesn't have the concept of 'objects' unless they are on separate layers.
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What does the Properties for the PDF show for version, file creation, etc? This may have been created with software other than Acrobat, and may behave somewhat differently because of that.

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Hi

If you use Acrobat Pro, go to Tools|Advanced Editing and select the 'TouchUp Object tool. Can you select the box with this? if so you can use it to delete the box.

hth
capt.

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Captainreiss got it. I can select and delete the box. I can now see the graphic that was under the gray box.

However, now I have a new problem. Graphics and lines in tables show up fine when the box is deleted. But all the text seems to go with the box. How do I retain the text?
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Hi

you may not need to delete it. If you right click it with the TU object tool and select properties can you change colour or fill properties.

Difficult to advise blind, if you are stuck can you upload it?

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