It seems like we've encountered the same issue, though I encountered it through slightly different circumstances, when trying to modify a PDF generated by Autodesk AutoCAD. I also could not find any online solutions for dealing with the "Accumulated text within the attempted selection area is rotated other than horizontal or vertical. TouchUp cannot create a text selection." message, but found something that worked for me through trial and error.
My solution to this is to make a blank PDF that has the same dimensions as the original PDF. I just printed a blank page from Word, in my case after I sized the document to tabloid (11" by 17") and changed to landscape orientation.
I then selected the object that contained the text that had given me that same error (it contained more than the text), cut it, and pasted it into the blank PDF. I was able to successfully able to edit the text there. Then I cut and pasted it back into the original document, and it pasted back into the same location. In my situation I only made minor text edits, so I don't know how the positioning would work after significant text edits.
Please let us know how it works out for you!
Is there likely to be a fix for this? My team need to be able to check the text format but cannot because of the error message interrupting the touchup properties window:
"Accumulated text within the attempted selection area is rotated other than horizontal or vertical. TouchUp cannot create a text selection."
Cheers for any info
Thanks for your reply.
Yes I can select the text using the content pane but it does not allow me to check the text formatting.
Because of strict auditing we are faced with using acrobat 9 and therefore unable to use XI!
Are there any other ways to get to the text properties in a PDF?
can you please share the file so that we can investigate at our end to adress the actual problem.
As LoriAUC already mentioned that Acrobat XI has been revamped for editing, you should give a try and do the editing with Acrobat XI.
I think A11 should help you out for such editing purposes without these problems.
The file link demonstrates the problem.
I want to be able to select any text and find out what the font used is and point size!
This is an illustrator CS5 file with pdf compatibility. The file shows the error in Acrobat 9 & X.
Thanks again for taking an interest.
P.S. I have added an email link? Not sure how you upload files on this site now!
I eventually upgraded to XI, which solved the problem.
I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but I searched hard and discussed it with some Acrobat veterans, and I got nothing.
ACACACAC85's answer was a valid, if long winded, work-around. You can of course use Photoshop/Illustrator.
In previous version of Acrobat, rotated text editing was not supported and hence the warning is appearin. But for normal text editing happens. This problem has been fixed in A11. So if you are trying to edit text which is other than horixontal or vertical, then those warning is expected in Acrobat 10. Give a try with Acrobat 11 and share the experience.
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