I'm trying to archive some handwritten notes into searchable PDF format. I've tried a lot of OCR software such as ABBYY FineReader, OmniPage18, and Adobe Acrobat X Pro. Each application seems to work the same way and doesn't allow me to add text if it doesn't pick it up in the OCR scan. Because the handwritten notes are in cursive, none of the OCR software I've tried has worked.
I want to see if there is a way in Acrobat X Pro to simply scan the handwritten notes in the following way:
Thanks for the pointer. I am using Acrobat 10.1.4 for Macintosh, and I'm damned if I can find the "Touch-up Tool" anywhere. (It was on earlier versions of Acrobat, but every version of Acrobat has a new user interface, and I have given up trying to remember all the details).
What I am hoping to do is to add text to a scanned pdf (a scanned handwritten document), so that the text will show up in Apple's Spotlight index.
My experimentation has shown me that there are two ways to add text to a scanned document using Acrobat (I purchased as part of the CS6 suite).
1) I can use the typewriter tool (helpfully called "Add or Edit Text Box"). This adds text to the document, but that text does not appear to be indexed by spotlight.
2) I can choose the "Edit Object" tool, and then control click on the page and choose the "Edit Page..." menu item. This somehow fires up Illustrator, where I can add text to the document. Then I save in Illustrator, then save in Acrobat, and now the text will be indexed.
So somehow the typewriter tool and the "Illustrator in Acrobat" magic are doing different things.
Can you offer any insight? Can you suggest a less clunky way adding text? (I have hundreds of pages, and what I would like to do is to just click and type to add text).
Hope you or someone else can help
PS--after posting the above, I found the part of the help file that describes what is going on. It is titled "Start an image editor using the Edit Object tool" under "Working with objects". It doesn't address Spotlight indexing, but it does outline how this works.
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