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Chapter 12. Catalog, Indexes, and Searches

Chapter 12. Catalog, Indexes, and Searches

Acrobat includes a handy feature called Acrobat Catalog, which creates indexes of PDF files. These indexes save you time when you're looking up a word or words within a PDF or a collection of PDFs. To find a word in an unindexed PDF, you have to use the Find command, which laboriously works its way through a document, testing every single word.

When you process a PDF with Catalog, the program creates a database, listing the location of every word in the document. In other words, all the finding is done ahead of time, so when you need to look up a word, its location is already stored in the index. To look up a word in an indexed document, you use the Search command, which is much more powerful than the Find command.


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