Removing redactions from multiple documents using Adobe Professional.

I have over 7 gigs of PDF files that have redactions.  I am able to open one PDF at a time, select all the redactions and remove them.  Is there a way to automated this process?  I would like to figure this out for the 7 gigs of PDF files that I have instead of doing one at a time.

Many Thanks!
rye004Asked:
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captainCommented:
I don't think you can remove redactions in the sense that redacted content reappears again via an automated process.

Acrobat XI contains an Action Wizard formerly known as Batch Processing which you would normally use to automate any Acrobat task. Unfortunately, there is an option that deals with redactions in the Protection section when you select Create New Action, but there is no option to remove the marked content flag.

However if by your question you mean to Apply Redactions from previously marked content (I am not sure how to interpret "remove" from your question) you can do this using the Action Wizard.

You may be able to remove the redaction flags by using the 'Remove Hidden Information' (see below) and select Comments & Markups in the Settings for this Command. But use with caution as any other markups will also be removed.
Create New Action Dialog
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> I am able to open one PDF at a time, select all the redactions and remove them.

Are they really "Redactions" in the formal Adobe sense (using a Redaction tool) or are they simply black highlighters (using the Highlight Annotation tool) or black rectangular areas (using the Rectangle Drawing Markups tool with a black fill)? Or are they really formal Redactions, but ones that have not yet been applied? The reason I ask these questions is that if you actually apply Redactions, the content is permanently removed from the documents; but if you just marked the content for Redaction — did not click Apply Redactions — then the content is still there (which would explain your ability to remove them). But until we know exactly what you mean by a "redaction", we won't be able to know if it's possible to remove them in batch. Regards, Joe
rye004Author Commented:
Thank you everyone for your input.  To clarify, when I say redaction, I mean a Redaction created in Adobe before it has been applied.  I think in the newer version of Adobe this is known as "Comments".

When I right-click the document and select "show comments list", it displays all comments.  I can then select all of them (ctrl + A), then right click to delete.

Hopefully I am making sense.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> a Redaction created in Adobe before it has been applied.

OK, that explains why you can remove it — it hasn't been applied.

I'm not aware of a way to automate the process within Acrobat Pro. One idea is a keyboard macro program that emulates the process you described, that is, show comments, select all, delete, save (yes, you are making perfect sense).

Another idea is to print the files to the Adobe PDF print driver without Markups, that is, Document only, not Document and Markups (n the print dialog, an unapplied Redaction falls in Markups). But (Danger, Will Robinson!) this would remove all other Markups, too.

Either of the above ideas would have to be embedded in a script/program that loops through all of the folders/subfolders containing your 7 gigs of PDF files. Regards, Joe
captainCommented:
The action wizard to remove comments will do this, if OA is not concerned about removing legitimate comments & markups (see Joe's warning) then the method of

Create Action>Remove Hidden Information
Set Settings in right Panel to de-select everything apart from Comments
Run on test File

Should produce the desired results.

:)
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> action wizard to remove comments will do this

Hi Capt,
That's good to know. Thanks for the tip! Learn something new every day. :)  Cheers, Joe
captainCommented:
Hi Joe, No probs but as you say, USE WITH CAUTION :)

Action Wizards are sledgehammers. I would suggest backing up the folder with PDF files before proceeding even after a test was successful.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> backing up the folder with PDF files before proceeding

Excellent advice!
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