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Re: Producing pdf files with copyable text



On 8/11/07, Paul Smith <phhs80 gmail com> wrote:
> > > When using Acrobat Professional, the pdf files that I obtain from,
> > > e.g., a web-page of a newspaper contain text that one can copy to a
> > > word processor. However, in Linux, with
> > >
> > > 1. print to a ps file;
> > > 2. use ps2pdf to convert to pdf from ps,
> > >
> > > the pdf files does not contain copyable text, as the text is
> > > bitmapped. Can one obtain, in Linux, pdf files with copyable text? Any
> > > ideas?
> >
> > I suppose that depends on the creation method.  For instance, you can
> > use OpenOffice to "export" a document as PDF, and you can install a PDF
> > printer driver for CUPs, and "print" a PDF.  You get different results
> > both ways, you might want to try that.  But I found exporting a document
> > resulted in a PDF with copyable test, printing to the CUPS-PDF driver
> > resulted in uncopyable.  I picked a non-standard font for my test, just
> > to see if one would still be copyable if I didn't use the basic fonts
> > commonly employed in PDFs.
> >
> > I'd imagine how you created your PostScript file would have made a
> > difference, too.  Whether it's controlled text, or pre-rendered
> > graphics, possibly the use of some fonts might be a potential problem.
> >
> > Info from the cups-pdf RPM:
> > --------------------------
> > "cups-pdf" is a backend script for use with CUPS - the "Common UNIX
> > Printing System" (see more for CUPS under http://www.cups.org/).
> > "cups-pdf" uses the ghostscript pdfwrite device to produce PDF Files.
> >
> > This version has been modified to store the PDF files on the Desktop of
> > the user. This behavior can be changed by editing the configuration
> > file.
>
> Thanks, Tim. Maybe, the problem is in the creation of the PS file, as
> CutePDF (a freeware PDF printer tool for MS Windows) uses ps2pdf to
> produce PDF documents, which with copyable text. See
>
> http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp


I have filed an enhancement request:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=251801

Paul


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