How can I select text in this pdf file?

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How can I select text in this pdf file?

Post by tim126 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:43 am

I have a pdf file, and can't select the text in PDF-Xchange Viewer. The cursor doesn't change to the selecting icon, when I hovers it above the text. When I click and drag the cursor over a text region, it doesn't pick up any text. See the screenshot below.

When I open the pdf file in evince (a pdf viewer in Ubuntu), I can select the text in it.

I was wondering how I could select text in the file in PDFXChange viewer?

Can I fix the file first, before PDF-XChange viewer can allow me to select text in the file?

I am attaching the file in this post.


I run PDFXChange Viewer (version 2.5, and build 312.1) in Ubuntu via Wine-4.0.3.
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Re: How can I select text in this pdf file?

Post by Willy Van Nuffel » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:25 pm


It seems like the problem is only there for this specific document. It is a document with scanned text (image) and a text-layer.

PDF-XChange Viewer (latest version and used in Windows 10) can not select the text in (the current version of) your PDF.

Because PDF-XChange Viewer is no longer supported by Tracker Software, I am afraid that this problem is not going to be resolved.
The advise is to use PDF-XChange Editor in case you like to be able to select the text in the specific document.

Work-around : re-OCR the PDF with PDF-XChange Viewer : Document-menu > OCR-pages... , and save the PDF again.
After this, you will be able to select the text.

See your attached PDF with renewed text-layer.
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