Re: Accessible windows software to convert image files to PDF files


On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 07:06 AM, Ann Parsons wrote:
A .pdf file is an image file.
No, it's not.  There are image scanned PDFs, but most PDFs are not image scanned PDFs.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format, and is one of the "industry standards" in publishing.  Things created initially as PDF are primarily or entirely text to begin with.

And I've given, repeatedly (though not on this group) instructions on how to OCR process image scanned PDFs that are primarily text such that the text can be saved permanently with the file so no one else who'd get it would need to do OCR again using PDF-Xchange Viewer, which is free, and that I only wish were fully accessible, but isn't:

Dealing with Image Scanned PDF Files

Using PDF XChange Viewer to perform OCR on any PDF you receive that is an image PDF, step-by-step:

1.     Open PDF XChange Viewer from your start menu.

2.     Hit ALT+F,O to bring up the file open browsing dialog.

3.     Hit ALT+I to jump directly to the Look In combo box

4.     Hit down arrow to get into the area that’s somewhat, but not exactly, like the tree view in Windows Explorer.

5.     Hit L until you hear, “Libraries,” announced.

6.     Hit TAB two times, you should hear, “Documents”.

7.     Hit SPACEBAR to select the Documents library.

8.     Hit ENTER to open the documents library.

9.     Hit the first character of the folder or file name you’re trying to perform OCR on. Keep doing this with the first character until you hear its name announced.

10.                        Hit Enter to open the file or folder.  If you’re dealing with a file at this step go straight to step 11.  Otherwise, do the following

a.     If you know the file is in this folder then use the “hit the first character” technique to locate it and jump to step 11 once you have.

b.     If you need to drill down another folder level go back to step 9.

11.                        Hit ALT+O to open the file in PDF XChange Viewer.

12.                        Hit CTRL+SHIFT+C to open the OCR dialog box.  Immediately hit ENTER to initiate the OCR processing.  The length of time this takes depends on the size of the file being processed.  JAWS does not read the processing status box, but will announce the file’s name with star after it when the processing completes.  That’s how you’ll know it’s done.

13.                        Hit ALT+F,S to save the file and its OCR text into the original file itself.

14.                        Hit ALT+F4 to close PDF XChange Viewer.



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