PDF/A and MakeSearchable

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PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:47 pm

After I scan some pages with "SXC_EnableSource", "PXC_NewDocumentEx" and so on I have a valid "PDF/A" Scan-Result.

OK, but how can I make this document now searchable and still valid as "PDF/A" !?!?

After "RunOCR..." a new PDF will generated and this document is not a "PDF/A".

So please help!

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by John - Tracker Supp » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:21 pm

Hi,

can you please post a 'before and after' sample PDF - zipped, and can you advise if you are using our PDF SDK engine or some other ?

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:32 pm

John - Tracker Supp wrote: can you please post a 'before and after' sample PDF
There exist not realy a "before PDF", because I scan a paper document before I want to make it searchable.
For thist I use "PXC_NewDocumentEx". This will make a great PDF/A.
But now I must make it "Searchable" by start "RunOCR...." <- And this will steal the "PDF/A" :|
John - Tracker Supp wrote: and can you advise if you are using our PDF SDK engine or some other ?
I use only the "PDF-XChange PRO SDK" (version 5).
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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by John - Tracker Supp » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:54 pm

Hi,

understood - the OCR engine is actually using an Existing PDF despite the fact you have created it using the Scanner library as it is saved and then re-opened to OCR and apply the text searchable layer - for now there is I am afraid no work around but I have spoken to the development team and we can add a 'small tweak' in the next but one build to our XCPRO40.dll library which is responsible for adding the functionality to all area's - we cannot add before as we have already completed and submitted the next release to our test team before release early in May.

I cannot give you a specific time I am afraid - but this will be approx. 8-10 weeks or so after the next release.
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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:02 pm

Could be just because we planned the new release for the end of May.
OK, If necessary, we would have this feature replacement delivery as an update.
So please do your best for eventualy earlier 'small tweak'! :wink:
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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by John - Tracker Supp » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:04 pm

We will of course do our best :)
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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:22 pm

There is a ticket (internal only) for this: RT#2466: PDF/A and MakeSearchable
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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:14 pm

Meanwhile build 309 is out. But I see not a difference. Or do I anything wrong?

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:02 am

Hello Dorwol,

I can see that ticket #2466 has been assigned to a developer but is not yet marked as resolved.
Guess the guys could not implement this for build 309.

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:25 am

OK, but what now? I need this function for my application very urgent and John says in April approx. 8-10 weeks.

Meanwhile my application is ready to release but waiting for this litte but very necessary feature. Because this is n not a "nice to have feature". Thus you will agree with me. :?

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:57 am

Is there a way in combination with your viewer SDK or with the Printer Driver or any other way to save a searchable PDF as PDF/A?

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:41 pm

Hello Dorwol,

Still no further news in ticket RT#2466, but to answer your latest question - yes using the PDF Tools SDK and the Drivers you should be able to create PDF/A files and they should remain searchable as well.

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Dorwol » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:52 pm

yes using the PDF Tools SDK and the Drivers
I can't realy believe that.

If I try to print any already seachable PDF (after scan) , the result is a image only pdf (without searchable text-layer!). So the possiblility to seach is erased.

What do I wrong please?

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Re: PDF/A and MakeSearchable

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:13 pm

Hello Dorwol,

Using the PDF Tools SDK you create the PDF/A File from images scanner.
Then OCR it - to add the text layer. This breaks the PDF/A compatibility.
Now using this non PDF/A file as source - copy the whole page content into a new PDF/A file using the PDF Tools SDK again.

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