Sunday, December 15, 2013

Acrobat -- Convert Comments To Redactions



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Update (06/02/2014): A free DEMO version of this script is now available here. This version will convert the last 3 highlight comments in the file to Redactions.

One of the best features of Acrobat Pro is the Redaction tool. It provides the only safe way of removing information from a PDF file. However, this feature is unfortunately missing from Acrobat Standard.
But did you know that it's technically possible to create AND apply redactions in Acrobat Standard? There's just no direct access to this hidden feature through the application's menus. Until now, that is!

Using this new tool I've developed you can bring this feature into your Acrobat Standard and convert your regular comments into Redaction markups, and then apply them, all with a single click!
You can select between converting all the comments in the file, just the highlights, or just the currently selected ones.

So instead of spending a lot of money on an upgrade, make the most of the application you have and add this handy tool to it!

Let's have a look at an example (the screenshots below were taken in Acrobat Pro, but the same applies for Acrobat Standard). I've marked up the parts of this page I want to remove. Notice I created comments of various kinds: a square comment (in red at the top), some highlights (in yellow), and a strike-through (in red at the bottom).
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I selected to convert all the comments, and the results are:

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Now I've clicked on Yes, and the redaction markups are applied. The selected data and graphics are gone!

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IMPORTANT: Applying the redaction markups is NOT REVERSIBLE! The only way to get back the redacted information after doing so is to close the file without saving it.

ALSO IMPORTANT: This script is only compatible with Acrobat 9 or higher.


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

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Acrobat -- Copy Combo or List Values To Other Fields



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Using this script once can easily and quickly copy other the values from one combo-box (also known as a drop-down) or list-box field in a PDF to other fields.

Let's say we have a list of technicians in our file and we want the user to be able to select up to 3 separate technicians. We create the first field and populate it with the names:

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Then we run the script and select the field to copy from and the field(s) to copy to:

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And the results are:

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

Monday, December 2, 2013

Acrobat -- Split and Sort Scanned Booklet Pages



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If you've ever scanned in a booklet you know that splitting the double pages and re-organizing them in the correct order can be a tedious job... Well, not anymore!
This new tool for Acrobat will split booklet pages into a single page format, and then sort them to the correct order.

The tool can handle both Left-Bound and Right-Bound files. So for example, a left-bound file that looks like this:


Will be converted to this:


Here's a real example of such a file:

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 And after running the script on it using the button it adds to Acrobat's Tools menu:

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This tools also comes with an Action (for Acrobat Pro XI only!), that can be used to process multiple files in this way with ease.

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