If you have already downloaded a scanned document, you know the frustration of finding specific words and phrases. If you want to quickly find text to read – for example, some explosive report it has just been released as an indestructible PDF – you can use Adobe Acrobat Pro's optical character recognition to convert scanned documents to fully editable PDFs with text that can be object from a search.
Just open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, then click the "Edit PDF" tool in the right menu. Depending on the size of your file, the complete conversion may take a few minutes. Once that is done, you can press Ctrl + F to search the text. When you are ready to export, you can access File> Save As to save your new editable document.
Note that Adobe Acrobat is different from Adobe Reader, a free application that only allows you to open and read PDF files. Depending on your Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe Acrobat can be bundled with your apps, or you can subscribe to the app for $ 14.99 per month for Windows and Mac. You can always try his free trial of a week before you commit, however, good search!
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