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Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and Web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). The family comprises Acrobat Reader (formerly Adobe Reader), Acrobat (formerly Acrobat Exchange) and Acrobat.com. The commercial proprietary Acrobat, available for Microsoft Windows and OS X only, can also create, edit, convert, digitally sign, encrypt, export and publish PDF files.

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PDF Unlocker for Mac
Want to remove a security password from PDF files? Know simple tips and tricks to remove security and restrictions from PDF files on a Mac OS X. Follow each step carefully to unprotect an Adobe PDF document.
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OWASP: Avoiding Hacker Tricks
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OWASP: Avoiding Hacker Tricks

Learn to build secure applications from the mindset of the hacker and avoid being exploited.

Unlock PDF
Know the step by step procedures to split secured PDF documents. Also, learn a simple technique to remove passwords from protected PDF documents. This blog provides two ideal solutions that help users to split password protected PDF files.
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Unlock Secured PDF
Are you among those users who are facing Adobe Reader highlighting problems? Then don’t worry here we have described the reliable solution that can solve “highlight function not working in Adobe Reader DC” problem easily. So, read the blog and get your query resolved.
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Extract Data From PDF File
Learn simple and easy methods to extract text and images from PDF documents. Extract data from the selected pages of Adobe PDF files. The user either manual or professional solution to save data from PDF document.
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Free PDF Watermark Creator
To make data more confidential it is needed to generate a watermark on a PDF file. So, read the blog and get the complete knowledge about PDF watermarking. Also, learn simple ways to insert watermark in PDF files.
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PDF Restriction Remover
Here is the list of top 3 best PDF Restriction Remover software with their key features and pros and cons. One can choose the specific PDF security remover program according to their need.
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PDF Merger Software
Know simple methods to join multiple PDF files into one. This article explains both a manual as well as a trouble-free method to merge multiple PDF files. Select any method as per your requirement.
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SysTools,

Very nice piece of software. Thanks for making it available as Freeware.

Endorsed.
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PDF Restriction Remover tool
PDF files can have any type of restrictions one among them is editing. It is applied to protect the document from any modifications. But, sometimes in order to update the details user demands to edit a secured PDF form. Therefore, in this blog, we have discussed a simple approach to edit locked PDF.
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Thank You
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Free PDF Watermark
A Watermark is applied to protect intellectual property, basically, it adds more professionalism. Many people want to add a paid invoice watermark in PDF files so that paid invoices can be easily identified. Read this blog & learn some techniques to add a text watermark in PDF invoices.
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Free PDF Merger
Most of the times we combine PDF files using online PDF joiner software. But, is it safe to use online PDF merger tools? So, to get all answers read the blog and get the complete knowledge to merge PDF files efficiently.
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OWASP: Forgery and Phishing
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OWASP: Forgery and Phishing

Learn the techniques to avoid forgery and phishing attacks and the types of attacks an application or network may face.

Extract data from PDF invoices in just a few clicks. Know complete details about PDF invoices and understand the need to obtain text from PDF invoices. This blog is going is going to describe the complete and best solution to perform PDF invoice data extraction.
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Do you have so many invoice documents and searching for a method to separate invoices. If yes, then read this blog and know about best PDF Invoice Splitter tool. With this advanced utility, you can easily perform the splitting of invoices into several documents and save them in the desired location.
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pdf recovery
Are you looking for the perfect solution to fix the error message "The File is Damaged and Could Not Be Repaired"? Then, go through this post and know the step by step process to resolve the error message.
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*Adobe Acrobat 9 was used for this article.  Particular steps may vary depending on software versions.

Adobe Acrobat has many, many variables that my be utilized to customize your forms for clarity and ease of use. The Form Editing Tool will be your best friend.

Start by creating a framework of your form in Word and converting it to Adobe—see this article on getting started.  Once you have designed and named your form fields, right-clicking and selecting Properties will allow you to customize them further.

You can make a field required:
Pic1.pngThis will outline the field in red for the user to signify they must complete the field.
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You can change the alignment of the text entered in a field:
Pic3.pngResults:
Pic21.png(Left)
Pic22.png(Center)
Pic23.png(Right)
 
You can enter a default value to populate the field with:
Pic7.pngThis information will automatically appear in the field:
Pic24.pngbut may be overwritten:
Pic25.png 
Selecting Multi-line allows you to hit Enter in the field to add more than one line of information:
Pic10.pngThe font will automatically shrink to accommodate this.
Pic26.pngSelecting Scroll Long Text will add a scroll bar to the far right of the field if you enter enough information:
Pic12.pngPic27.png 
Selecting Allow Rich Text Formatting will allow you to edit the font:
Pic14.pngWith this option activated, right-clicking in the field will bring up the formatting menu:
Pic28.pngSelecting Limit of X Characters will prevent the user from typing more than a specified amount in the field:
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PDF Page Numberer
Know simple techniques to insert page numbers in Adobe PDF files. Learn both online as well as offline solution to add page number to PDF. Complete steps are given to to carry out bates numbering task efficiently.
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pdf watermark
Know the simple process to add, remove and update PDF watermark by using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Follow the steps described in this blog carefully and perform PDF watermarking in an easy manner.
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remove security from pdf
Want to delete password from PDF files permanently? If yes? Then, go through this post and get the best solution to remove password security from PDF in bulk.
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PaperPort is a popular document imaging/management product from Nuance Communications. It is in widespread use by both individuals and businesses.

The current version of PaperPort is 14. The previous version was 12 (yes, Nuance got superstitious and skipped 13). Both of these most recent versions come in two editions, Professional and Standard. All four products — PP12 Standard, PP12 Professional, PP14 Standard, PP14 Professional — have the ability to create a searchable PDF file without any other software needing to be installed. PP12 was the first release that could do this (and it was carried forward into PP14).

Prior PaperPort releases require Nuance's OmniPage (a separately priced OCR product) to be installed in order to create a searchable PDF file that PaperPort calls a PDF Searchable Image file (because it contains both the raster image and the text created by OCR). The reason that PP12 and PP14 can create a PDF Searchable Image file is that it contains the OmniPage OCR engine under the covers — via the OmniPage Capture Software Development Kit (CSDK).
 
Sidebar on PaperPort Version: If you are running PP12.0, I recommend that you upgrade (free!) to PP12.1. This EE article explains how to do it:
PaperPort 12 - Free Upgrade to Version 12.1
If you are running PP14.0, PP14.1, or PP14.2, I recommend that you upgrade (free!) to PP14.5 (there was not a public release for either 14.3 or 14.4). This EE article explains how to do it:
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Any ideas how to make the fonts vectorized in the searchable .pdf? I am asking this question because I would not like to install a pirated Adobe Acrobat to convert one pdf book into a pdf book with vectorized fonts. What I got from PaperPort did not meet my expectations. the fonts got blurry. I expected them to get clean and vectorized, to be able to zoom in without those annoying pixels.
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Hi Serg,
Thank you for joining Experts Exchange this week and reading my article.

> Any ideas how to make the fonts vectorized in the searchable .pdf?

I do not have great expertise in font technology and am not aware of any way to control the font settings when PaperPort creates PDF Searchable Image files via the methods discussed in this article.

> I am asking this question because I would not like to install a pirated Adobe Acrobat to convert one pdf book into a pdf book with vectorized fonts.

I find that a strange comment — why would you even consider installing pirated software? We do not condone that here at Experts Exchange and, in fact, the Experts Exchange Terms of Use strictly prohibit any posting related to such activities (under Section 6, Code of Conduct). If you know that Adobe Acrobat will solve your font issue, and it is for only one PDF book, then I recommend purchasing just one month of Adobe Acrobat DC. For around 25 bucks, you'll avoid pirating software ($22.99 for one month of Acrobat Standard DC or $24.99 for one month of Acrobat Pro DC).

> What I got from PaperPort did not meet my expectations. the fonts got blurry.

It's likely that the fonts are blurry only when viewing the image layer. If you view just the text layer, the fonts should be fine. For example, I printed the first page of this article with the PaperPort Image Printer in B&W at 300 DPI to a PDF Image (not PDF Searchable Image). The whole page is attached as a PDF, but here's what it looks like:

font in image
The fonts, indeed, are blurry, because that's a view of the image (in Adobe Acrobat). I then used Nuance's Power PDF to convert to a searchable PDF, but told it not to keep the images. The whole page for that is also attached as a PDF, but here's the same small sample as shown above:

font in non-image
The fonts look great, because that's a view of the text (in Adobe Acrobat), since there is no image layer in the PDF.

> I expected them to get clean and vectorized, to be able to zoom in without those annoying pixels.

The fonts are fine in the text, as shown above. They get pixelated only when viewing the image layer. Another way to observe this is to Copy the text from the PDF Searchable Image file (created by PaperPort via one of the methods explained in this article) and then Paste it into a text-capable product, such as Notepad or Word — the fonts will, of course, appear fine. Regards, Joe
image-only-PaperPort-PDF-Image.pdf
text-only-Power-PDF-searchable-do-no.pdf
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In a previous article published here at Experts Exchange, Signature Image with Transparent Background, I explained how to create a graphic image of your scanned signature with a transparent background. As discussed in that article, having the transparent background is crucial so that the signature may be placed on a document without overlaying the surrounding text.

In that article, I mentioned putting the signature on PDF documents via the Stamp feature in Adobe Acrobat. I recently received a message from an EE member who thanked me for that article, but asked me to explain exactly how to create such a Stamp in Acrobat. This article shows how to do it.

I don't know how far back the Stamp feature goes in the history of Adobe Acrobat releases, but I do know that it exists in Acrobat X and Acrobat XI, both Standard and Professional. The screenshots in this article are from Acrobat XI Pro on a W7 Pro 64-bit system.

In Acrobat, open the PDF file that you want to sign with the transparent signature image which you created after reading my previous article. The right side of the Toolbar in Acrobat will look like this (may vary somewhat depending on your Acrobat version):


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Click the Comment tab and you will see the Annotations section, including the Stamp tool:


Annotations.jpg
Click the drop-down on the Stamp tool, then Custom Stamps, then Create Custom Stamp:


Create-Custom-Stamp.jpg

You will get this browse-for-file dialog:


Select-Image-for-Custom-Stamp.jpg
Click the Browse
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You're welcome, Roy. I'm glad you found the article to be useful and that you can now create a signature in Acrobat. Regarding your request for advice in developing yourself in the field of education, I suggest posting a question in the Q&A section of EE by clicking the big blue Ask a Question button at the top of all pages. Questions in articles (or videos) should be related to that article (or video), whereas any question is appropriate in the main forum. Regards, Joe
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Thank you for the compliment, Megan — much appreciated! If you take a moment to click the thumbs-up icon at the bottom of the article, I'll be grateful. Thanks, Joe
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Exploring SQL Server 2016: Fundamentals
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Exploring SQL Server 2016: Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft SQL Server, a relational database management system that stores and retrieves data when requested by other software applications.

PaperPort
I. Introduction

In a previous article (now deprecated), I discussed how to upgrade — at no cost for licensed users — Nuance's PaperPort Version 11 (hereafter, PP11) and PaperPort Version 12 (PP12) to the latest "point" releases, namely, 11.2 and 12.1. At the time of that article's publication, PP11 and PP12 were the two latest versions. Now the latest version is PP14 (yes, Nuance was superstitious and skipped 13), and its latest "point" release is 14.5.

I decided that adding PP14 to the previous article would result in a long, unwieldy article. In addition, a user of one version is not going to be concerned about the other two versions, so I decided to create three separate articles for PP11, PP12, and PP14 users. This is the PP14 one.

The earlier point releases of PP14 — 14.0, 14.1, 14.2 (there was not a public release for either 14.3 or 14.4) — are known to have bugs that were fixed in 14.5. This article provides links to 14.5, as well as other useful information on upgrading.

II. Comparison of Standard and Professional Editions

For PP14, there are two consumer editions – Standard and Professional. The feature comparison matrix is available in the Files section of this PaperPort wiki:
http://sites.google.com/site/wikipaperport/files

Here is a direct link to the PDF:
Comparison Matrix of PP14 Standard and PP14 Professional

III. Links to Downloads

The links are to a direct download
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by:Brian Wright
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You're right!  It's NAPS2.  I may try to fix Paperport later, but it's taken me so much time that I need a break from it.  The NAPS2 was easy and meant the immediate need that I had in scanning a document.

Thanks again for all your help and support!

Brian
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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
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You're welcome. Good luck with NAPS2. Let me know how it goes for you after you've had more experience with it. Regards, Joe
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pdf splitter and merger
Know how to split one Adobe PDF document into multiple PDF files in an efficient manner. Learn different solutions i.e. manual as well as professional solution to divide PDF into multiple files.
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SPLITTING OF SINGLE PDF FILE INTO MULTIPLE RANGE SMALL PDF FILES

lets say 400 PAGES PDF FILE
SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS:
VISUALLY SELECTING PAGES RANGES and renaming as user defined in batch
1-5 - (5 pages) - file output name as ---> pdffile10001_number
6-10 - (5 pages) -file output name as --- pdffile10002_number
11-35 - (25 pages) - file output name as ---pdffile10003_number
36-47 - (12 pages) -file output name as --- pdffile10004_number
----
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378 -400 (3 pages -file output name as --- pdffile10300_number

should be batch process in saving pdf files separtates based on user defined pages and renaming name.
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by:marry smith
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To split PDF file into multiple parts, you can try few easy manual tricks which doesn't require any third party software or any other cost. You can use some built-in features and functions of one PDF file into multiple new PDF files. Read more:- http://www.split.pdffile.org/
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*Adobe Acrobat 9 was used for this article. Particular steps may vary depending on software versions.

1. Create a framework of your form in Word, leaving space where you’d ultimately like the Adobe fields to appear.  (Note: I use the blank lines as space holders in Word, intending for the Adobe fields to line up with them.)
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2. Once the form is formatted to allow for the fields, print the document to PDF:
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3. Open the PDF.  Click Forms > Start Form Wizard:
 
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Select “An existing electronic document” and click Next:
 
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Select “Use the current document” and click Next:
 
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4. The Wizard is very smart and may very well predict all the fields you need.  If this is the case, and you are satisfied, skip ahead to step 11.  If the Wizard misinterpreted your form, or there are tweaks you’d like to make, continue on with step 5.
 
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5. Naming fields.  The Wizard predicted correctly where I wanted all my fields, but it based the names on what it is used to seeing in forms. I.E. the Signature and Date fields were labeled below the lines and it drew those names in. For the other fields, it pulled in the wording after the commas, so I’d like to change that. Right click on the field you’d like to edit and click Properties:
 
Image7.png(You can also click Rename Field, which brings up that option alone, but I usually opt to bring up Properties so I can adjust many factors at once.) Change the Name and Tooltip fields to your desired names:

Image8.png
6. Formatting fields
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Power PDF Advanced
This article explains how to perform batch conversion of PDF, TIFF, and other image file formats into PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF files via a command line interface, using Nuance's latest document imaging software — Power PDF Advanced.
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Hello,

i tried to use the command line but i always get the error message "File open error" although I have write to all directories stated in the command?! It always says "Converting H:\TEST.HTML TO H:\TEST.PDF" which I think means that the Syntax itself is correct but either the Input or Output file cannot be opened?
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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
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Hi Chris,
First, thanks for joining Experts Exchange today and reading my article — I appreciate it!

The input file cannot be an HTML file type. The Help output, even in the latest version 2.1 of Power PDF Advanced, still says this:

-I input file full path. * can be used for filename (*.pdf, *.tif)

As I mentioned in the article, I discovered through experimentation that the input file type may also be GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. But I just tried HTML in both v2.0 and v2.1, and can confirm that the input file may not be HTML. As you saw yourself, it gives an error message that says "File open error." My advice is to open the HTML file in whatever web browser you prefer and then print it to whatever PDF print driver you prefer. Once you have the PDF file, run Power PDF again, this time using the PDF file as the input instead of the HTML file. Of course, you may not even need to do that if you're happy with the file from the PDF printer. Regards, Joe
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Update 21-May-2015: I temporarily removed the source code to make major changes to the program. Regards, Joe

INTRODUCTION

This article presents a solution to a question asked here at Experts Exchange. The situation is that there's a large number of subfolders (400 in the original question), each of which has a number of PDF files (two in the original question). The goal is to combine/merge the PDF files in each subfolder (in ascending date order) into a single PDF file, storing the combined file in each subfolder. The source PDF files in each subfolder may have any file names and the user should be able to specify the file name of the combined file.

REQUIRED SOFTWARE

The method presented in this article requires AutoHotkey, an excellent (free!) programming/scripting language. The quick explanation for installing AutoHotkey is to visit its website. A more comprehensive explanation is to read my EE article, AutoHotkey - Getting Started. After installation, AutoHotkey will own the AHK file type, supporting the solution discussed in the remainder of this article.

The program utilizes another excellent (free!) piece of software — PDF Toolkit (PDFtk). It comes in both command line and GUI versions. The command line version is called PDFtk Server
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Hi

Will the "Combine-Merge-PDF-files-20140826.ahk"  file not be attached again?
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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
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Hi Centex,
I've decided not to post the full program. I'll be rewriting the article as a "design roadmap" with some crucial code snippets, such as how to call PDFtk Server, but will not be posting the complete source code. Regards, Joe
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Update 21-May-2015: I temporarily removed the source code to make major changes to the program. Regards, Joe

In a previous Experts Exchange article, How To Rename-Move a Batch of PDF Files Based on Contents of the Files, I presented a program that solved a question asked here at EE. In that article and program, the situation was that a large number of PDF files in a folder had to be renamed automatically (en masse) with a suffix contained somewhere in each of the PDF files.

For example, a file might be named:

D123456.pdf

And inside that file at a fixed location (specific page, specific line, specific column) might be:

John Smith

In this example, the requirement is to rename the file as:

D123456 John Smith.pdf

A more recent question here at EE has a similar requirement, except that the suffix is contained in a specific cell of a corresponding Excel spreadsheet. In this newer question, there's an automated process that creates hundreds of PDF documents from Excel spreadsheets. The problem is that the PDF documents need to be renamed after they are created. The renaming should add a suffix to the current PDF file name, as in the previous question, but the suffix is in a fixed cell location of the Excel spreadsheet from which the PDF was created.

For example, a file might be named:

Order Number 12345.xls

In which case, the automated PDF creation process would create:

Order Number 12345.pdf
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Adobe Acrobat

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Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and Web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). The family comprises Acrobat Reader (formerly Adobe Reader), Acrobat (formerly Acrobat Exchange) and Acrobat.com. The commercial proprietary Acrobat, available for Microsoft Windows and OS X only, can also create, edit, convert, digitally sign, encrypt, export and publish PDF files.