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**Solved!** Editing Text Within a PDF (Installed extra fonts)

ElectroWolf 5,755 797 September 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Gah! So while I love PDFs for their portability (obviously), and final-deliverable, attempting to go back and change them is a huge pain in the ass (understandably). Unfortunately, I'm stuck in a position for work where I am unable to get around the fact that I need to remove some text within a PDF. And, I'm having a hell of a time trying to do so!

Basically, what happens is that we have this third party software that generates a PDF, based on various backend data. I believe it uses PDFTK (PDF Toolkit) to generate the PDF. Unfortunately, it generates it with some very strange fonts, which don't appear to be embedded within the PDF itself. One of the main fonts it uses is "U001-Reg". Since this is not a system font, there's no way for me to go in and delete the text that's win the document. I can try to select a font that appears to be somewhat close to the original and add text to the document, but it won't allow me to actually delete the text that's already there in the document.

As far as software, I only have Acrobat Standard installed on my desktop. It appears that if I want to take it a step further, and actually perform "redaction" (crossing out of the text) in the document, I need to upgrade to Acrobat Pro ($$$$) to do so. Unfortunately, the user who I'm doing this for actually wants the text deleted, rather than crossed out / covered over. So, I don't even think the redaction would cover my needs in this case.

As a last alternative, I can go in, take the rectangular tool, and try to make a white rectangle over each and every little bit of text that I want to. Once done, I can either print it out (which will remove all traces of the text, obviously), or I can export it to a TIFF, and then reconvert back to a PDF and merge all the pages back together, and then run OCR one more time, so that it fully gets rid of the underlying text underneath of the white boxes I put in. However, this seems like a huge amount of work, for what should be a simple act of wanting to just delete a little bit of text from within the PDF.

Now with that long explanation out of the way, does anyone have any alternative recommendations for software to use, that would be able to do what I want to? Is there any way for me to be able to find that random font (U001-Reg) and install it, so that I can edit the documents? I'm looking to try to make this as streamlined as possible, and as simple as possible in the end. I'm going to have about 65 total documents to do, with each document about 20 pages long a piece. So, I've got a ton of pages to do overall!

Thanks for any help and ideas you have!

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Here [smallfiles.org] is the font.
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You could try Foxit PhantomPDF Standard [foxitsoftware.com] which could allow you to edit PDFs and a whole lot cheaper than Adobe Acrobat Professional.
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word in office 2013 can open and save pdf files

http://www.microsoft.com/office/p...ce-preview
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Quote from hbarnwheeler View Post :
Here [smallfiles.org] is the font.
Holy Balls!!! Where did you get that font?! I Googled for quite a bit, and couldn't find it. Thank you!

I installed the font on the PC, and tried to run it again, and got the same error. However, after a quick restart, it seemed to work, and I was able to add / delete the font. Thanks!

Now a new problem - there are multiple fonts that are on there that I don't have. I discovered that there's actually a number of fonts that are on there, that I don't have installed. They are:

- U001-Bol (Same as U001-Reg, just Bolded)
- NumbusMono-Reg
- T3Font_0

It appears to still need those fonts as well, for me to fully be able to delete the text across the full PDF.

I think for necessity, it appears that the only other critical font that I need is the "NumbusMono-Reg" font. It doesn't appear that I'm using the other two fonts anywhere in the text that I need to delete. Would you be able to get me this font as well? Or if you could tell me where you got the font, I can try to get it myself instead.

Thanks again!

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You could try Foxit PhantomPDF Standard [foxitsoftware.com] which could allow you to edit PDFs and a whole lot cheaper than Adobe Acrobat Professional.
Hmm, I gave it a shot, but it didn't let me edit the file. However, it appeared that I need to download / buy the more advanced version, to be able to do the editing. I haven't had a chance to try to see if I can download that yet as a trial.

Thanks!

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word in office 2013 can open and save pdf files

http://www.microsoft.com/office/p...ce-preview
Interesting. I'll keep that idea in mind. Thanks!
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Hmm, I gave it a shot, but it didn't let me edit the file. However, it appeared that I need to download / buy the more advanced version, to be able to do the editing. I haven't had a chance to try to see if I can download that yet as a trial.

Thanks!
Yeah most trials are either a full version for a limited amount of time or they allow you to give it a trial run but will not allow you to save files or have all of the full features. I'm not sure which with FoxIt but since it is a feature to modify PDFs then it is probably a limited trial.

However, if you're a Microsoft Office freak then I'd go with that method for simplicity.
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Holy Balls!!! Where did you get that font?! I Googled for quite a bit, and couldn't find it. Thank you!

I installed the font on the PC, and tried to run it again, and got the same error. However, after a quick restart, it seemed to work, and I was able to add / delete the font. Thanks!

Now a new problem - there are multiple fonts that are on there that I don't have. I discovered that there's actually a number of fonts that are on there, that I don't have installed. They are:

- U001-Bol (Same as U001-Reg, just Bolded)
- NumbusMono-Reg
- T3Font_0

It appears to still need those fonts as well, for me to fully be able to delete the text across the full PDF.

I think for necessity, it appears that the only other critical font that I need is the "NumbusMono-Reg" font. It doesn't appear that I'm using the other two fonts anywhere in the text that I need to delete. Would you be able to get me this font as well? Or if you could tell me where you got the font, I can try to get it myself instead.

Thanks again!
I just found it online by searching. I was able to find the Nimbus and other U001 font, as well. You can get them here. [smallfiles.org]
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I just found it online by searching. I was able to find the Nimbus and other U001 font, as well. You can get them here. [smallfiles.org]
You roxxors!

Those two fonts installed just fine, and upon restart, I can now edit the text that I need to with the various fonts. Thanks!
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