Thursday, April 26, 2018

Acrobat -- Convert Comments To Redactions

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Update (26/04/2018): The demo version will now also convert Square comments, so you can redact non-textual objects as well.

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, and then apply them.

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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Acrobat -- Highlight All Instances of a Word or Phrase in a PDF

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Update (23/04/2018): New available, a free demo version of this tool, that will highlight up to 3 matches of the search term in the document.

Ever needed to make the same comment again and again and again? Now you can do it with one click! This script will highlight (and add a comment to) all instances of a specific word, partial word or phrase. The color of the comment, author's name and type of search (case sensitivity, whole word match) can also be set. Very useful for editing and review scenarios.

New feature: Use the Transparent color to make a pop-up effect over your text.

Here's how it looks like:

And the result of running the script...

For more information about this tool you can contact me directly.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Acrobat -- Duplicate Pages of a PDF file (including Form Fields)

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Updated (14/09/2018): It's now possible to duplicate multiple pages at once, instead of just one at a time.

Using this script you can duplicate a page in a PDF file one, or more, times, while preserving the form fields on it in tact. There's even an option to automatically rename the form fields so that they could have unique values.
This is a fast and easy way of creating multiple copies of a one-page form, or to set up a file for n-Up printing.

When you run the script you're presented with this dialog window, where you can select which page(s) to duplicate, how many copies to create and whether the fields on those pages should be renamed (so each copy is unique) or not:

When you press OK the tool will immediately duplicate the selected pages and place the copies at the end of the current file.

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