Preview unable to text search in some PDFs?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Julian Vrieslander, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. I've been trying out Preview 2.1 in Panther. For reading PDFs, I
    actually prefer it over Acrobat Reader. The UI is simple and clean, and
    the page rendering seems a bit faster.

    But there's a problem. I was just testing it on a 57 page PDF (a Nikon
    camera manual) and the text search would not function. I entered search
    targets that I knew were in the document, but Preview could not find any
    hits. Searching the same document in Acrobat Reader 5.0 worked just

    Note that I have seen Preview 2.1 successfully perform searches in other
    PDFs. It was very fast, and I liked the way results were shown in
    context in the drawer.

    Is Preview unable to do text searching in certain types of PDFs, or am I
    missing something?
    Julian Vrieslander, Nov 11, 2003
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    Not all PDFs actually contain text, even if they look like they do.
    Some contain pictures of each page of the document rather than the
    letters that make up the pages. It all depends on how the PDF was
    created. That might be the case with this document. Try opening this
    document in Acrobat Reader and see if the text is searchable there.
    Tom Harrington, Nov 11, 2003
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  3. As I wrote in my original post, the document is searchable in Acrobat
    5.0, but not in Preview 2.1. So there is something else going on here.
    Julian Vrieslander, Nov 11, 2003
  4. More info. In Preview, the Text selection tool does not work on this
    document. In Acrobat Reader, same document, Text selection tool works

    I've now verified this behavior on two different Macs, one of which has
    a clean install of Panther and the new Preview application.
    Julian Vrieslander, Nov 12, 2003
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