Thursday, August 25, 2016

Acrobat -- Spell Check Suite

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This suite of tools adds full spell-checking capabilities to Acrobat.
You can now check and mark up regular text and bookmarks in addition to the standard check for form fields and comments which already exists in Acrobat.

Update IV (25-08-2016): New update for this tool! It can now handle ligatures symbols as well as end-of-line hyphenated words better than before.

Update III (18-06-2014): A new feature just added to this tool, allowing you to define "No Spell Check" zones, which the tool will ignore when it spell-checks the document.
Another improvement is the option to define whether or not to perform a case-sensitive spell-check. By default the check is case in-sensitive.

Update II: Now this script includes a batch process, which allows you to spell-check multiple files one after another (provided you have Acrobat Pro, of course).

Update I: A free demo version of this tool is now available here. It allows you to select a dictionary and then spell-check the first page of the currently active document.

The languages available for checking are:
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (Canada)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • German (Germany)
  • German (Switzerland)
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Norwegian Nynorsk
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

In Acrobat X the following languages are also available:
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew

The main menu of the suite looks like this:

The language dictionary selection looks like this:

Each of these dictionaries can be customized: Words can be added and removed from it, either using a simple input dialog or through a file (which allows adding or removing multiple words in one go).

When you run spell-check a document, the misspelled words are underlined and the suggestions for the correct spelling are added to the highlight:

Update: Added functionality to check just a part of the document. This is ideal if you have a single document consisting of multiple languages. You simply add "Spell Checking Zones" to your document, and only the words within those zones will be checked.

Here's how such a zone looks like (notice that only the misspelled words inside the zone were marked):

If you have any questions regarding this tool, contact me directly.


TarekAHF said...

Will this spell check tool work with Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat XI Pro?

Gilad D. (try67) said...

Hi Tarek,

Yes, it will.


Anonymous said...

"Acrobat -- Spell Check Suite"

I have installed the Demo version.
But when i start Acrobat i get a JavaScript window saying it cannot be installed.

What do I do ?

Help !!


Gilad D. (try67) said...


Eric, you're probably trying to execute the file instead of saving it. Follow the instructions file and it should work fine. If you still have problems contact me directly, please.


Richard Trujillo said...

Will this Spell Check All CAP word. Need to have the as an Option

Gilad D. (try67) said...

Yes, if you don't do a case-insensitive search then it will check all-caps words as well.

Adam Zlámal said...


does the spell checker work for Adobe Reader?

Adam Zlámal said...

does it work for Adobe Reader?

Gilad D. (try67) said...


I have a separate version of this tool that is compatible with Reader:

Adam Zlámal said...

thx, can you please explain checking CAP word: " if you don't do a case-insensitive search then it will check all-caps words as well." Where is this option? I don't have it in demo and I can't see it in menu print screen either... And is it possible to spell check CAP words in Reader version?

Gilad D. (try67) said...

This option is not available in the Demo version, I don't think, but it is available in the full Reader version, yes.

Geoff Lai said...

Hi, Does this suite work with the latest Acrobat DC version? Thank you.

Gilad D. (try67) said...

Yes, it does.

Tom Wilksch said...

I'm giving the demo a go, but get 'an internal error occurred' when trying to select the language I want. It seems to work but default to American english, but I need it as UK English. Any ideas?

Gilad D. (try67) said...

@Tom Wilksch
Make sure you set the preferences as described in the installation instructions file.
If it's still not working try disabling Protected View under Edit - Preferences - Security (Enhanced).

Michael G. said...

I tried the trial version, Acrobat Pro DC on windows.
It creates comments. How can I change the actual text?

Michael G. said...

I try the trial version on Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, Windows.
The script creates comments.
How can I change the actual text in the PDF?

Gilad D. (try67) said...

@Michael G.
You can't. This tool doesn't actually change the file (it can't), it only marks the incorrect words. You need to fix them manually using the Edit Text tool, or better yet, by going back to the original file used to create the PDF and fix them errors there.

Laura Klein said...

Hello! Will this work with Acrobat Standard (rather than Pro)? If not, do you have another version that would work with Standard?

Gilad D. (try67) said...

@Laura Klein

Yes, it will work with Acrobat Standard.

Unknown said...

The trial version worked fine in Acrobat DC.

I just purchased the full version and installed the SpellCheckerSuite.js into C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Acrobat\Javascripts\ and the "Spell Checker" menu item appears under Edit. When I choose Edit>Spell Checker I see "DICTIONARY:" as the first menu item. When I click that, choose English (United States) and click OK, most menu items are still grayed out and the menu still says "DICTIONARY:" at the top. Do I need to install dictionary files from somewhere else? I have tried restarting Acrobat, but still get the same result. What else should I try?

Gilad D. (try67) said...


Make sure you set all the preferences as described in the instructions file, especially the one about the global object.