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Chapter 12. Assembling a Library > Working with a Scanned Document

Working with a Scanned Document

PDF files created by scanning documents using older versions of Acrobat or from programs such as Photoshop create image PDFs, which means you can read and print the document, but the text isn’t captured—that is, it isn’t converted to letters. Instead, the document contains an image of the text. Because image PDFs are not searchable—you can’t search for specific words or phrases, for example—you’ll want to make sure to take advantage of Acrobat’s OCR (optical character recognition) feature.

Acrobat uses the OCR process to capture text in two ways; you need to choose which option you prefer before scanning. In the Create PDF from Scanner dialog, click the Settings button to open the Recognize Text - Settings dialog (Figure 12.6).


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