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I am having trouble merging two pdf files with Adobe Acrobat X pro. When attempting to do so, I get the following error (on Windows 7 enterprise sp1 64x):

"Object Label badly formatted"

Please help..
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This means that one of the PDF files is corrupt, and unfortunately there is not much you can do about that. One problem with corrupt files is that they may seem fine unless you want to do something that actually requires that corrupt piece of data (in your case, you are trying to merge the files, which requires Acrobat to look at every single piece of data in both files).

Your best bet is to go back to the generating application and recreate the PDF file in question. Oftentimes you can find out which file it is by doing a "Save As" operation. This also will have to revisit every bit of information in the file, and may tell you which file is corrupt. If that does not help, just try to regenerate both files. If that is not an option, you are forced to do something that is usually frowned upon: You need to refry your files(s). This means printing a PDF file to the Adobe PDF printer. This will convert the file to PostScript, and then back to PDF. This step will kind of destroy your PDF file and try to regenerate it from it's ashes, but that is a lossy process, and therefore should be avoided at all cost. So, try to refry both PDF files, and then try to generate two new merged PDF files:
- original file A and refried B
- refried A and original B

One of these operations should succeed.

If you cannot print, you can try to save the files as high quality TIFF image files and then run OCR on the resulting file, and then export to MS Word format (you can actually save the OCR step, because the export should do that for you). And then, convert the resulting Word file back to PDF. This may not be quite as good looking as the original, but should be close.
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