Adobe reader X1 dc can't find text in search- urgent

I have been given hundreds of PDF files that need to be searchable.  When I enter search word, it can't find. Please help me. Earlier it was fine.
abcd ab01Asked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi abcd ab01 (Nj01),

> When I enter search word, it can't find.

The most common reason for that is that the PDFs are image-only files, that is, there's no searchable text in them. If that's the case, you need to perform OCR on them, but Adobe Reader can't do that — Adobe Acrobat can, and so can many other products. Here are some EE articles and videos showing products that can do it:

Batch Conversion of PDF, TIFF, and Other Image Formats via Command Line Interface to PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF with Power PDF Advanced

PaperPort - How To Create Searchable PDF Files

Convert Scanned Image-Only PDF Files to PDF Searchable Image Files via OCR with Power PDF Advanced

How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software

Regards, Joe
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abcd ab01Author Commented:
so big solution. Can we have a workaround quick solution?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
No. There is no quick work-around. If you have hundreds of image-only PDF files that you want to be searchable, you must OCR all of them.
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abcd ab01Author Commented:
but that takes too long to convert scanned document to text document. Any good third party tool in the market?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> but that takes too long to convert scanned document to text document

Depends on the hardware and the OCR software and what your definition of "too long" is. I just ran a test of five (full) image-only pages from Pride and Prejudice (scanned by the Google Books project). It took 5,070 milliseconds, i.e., about a second per page, using Nuance's Power PDF on a Win7 Core i7 16GB laptop.

> Any good third party tool in the market?

To do what? For OCR, I've already mentioned three good third-party tools in the articles and videos above, i.e., Power PDF, PaperPort, and PDF-XChange Editor. There are many others, including Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader, Nuance OmniPage, and lots more. Regards, Joe
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abcd ab01Author Commented:
we have adobe acrobat and used that but not working
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> but not working

How is its OCR not working?

Let's clear up a few things. First, the title of your question says, "Adobe reader X1 dc". That confuses two products — Adobe Reader XI (btw, that's a capital letter "i", not the number 1) and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Which product are you talking about? Second, your last comment says, "we have adobe acrobat". Is that Adobe Acrobat XI (Pro or Std), Adobe Acrobat DC (Pro or Std), or Adobe Acrobat Reader DC? The Reader products (XI and DC) do not have OCR (which Adobe calls Recognize Text or Text Recognition). The full Acrobat products (XI and DC, both Pro and Std), do have OCR. Regards, Joe
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abcd ab01Author Commented:
its acrobat pro. I used both Reader DC and Acrobat Pro
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
OK, so Acrobat XI Pro has a tool called Text Recognition, which is Adobe's term for OCR. You get to it via the Tools pane:

Acrobat XI Pro Text Recognition
Is that not working for you?

You may, of course, use the Action Wizard, also in the Tools pane:

Action Wizard
This allows you to easily add your "hundreds of PDF files" to the Recognize Text action, presumably by adding one or more folders to the "Files to be Processed" section of the Action Wizard:

Action Wizard Recognize Text
Regards, Joe
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abcd ab01Author Commented:
DIDN'T WORK
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> DIDN'T WORK

Please elaborate and I'll try to help you. How didn't it work? What exactly did you try? What exactly were the results? I need more info in order to help you troubleshoot. Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
The solutions proposed have worked in many cases involving similar problems. Although the asker said "DIDN'T WORK" in this case (with no details), I believe that other Experts Exchange members will be well-served to find the suggestions in this thread in the PAQ when faced with a similar issue.
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