I'm hoping someone can help me. I have access to Adobe CC - I have been learning InDesign and Acrobat and Photoshop.
Does anyone know if there is a way to protect only a portion of a PDF - just a selection of text - from scrapers? I want to post a PDF I created online, but I don't want the phone number and email address in it to be scraped by telemarketers etc...
In other words, do you know if there's a way to either:
1) In a PDF, turn text into an image so it can't be copied like text - i.e. so if I post it online the phone number and email address can't be indexed by google or scraped by a telemarketer? or
2) In a PDF, put some kind of copy protection on just the phone number and email address, so just that portion of the PDF can't be indexed or scraped?
Several years ago Google began to OCR images it found in PDFs so that any text they may contain could be searched and indexed, so I don't think using images is a guaranteed way to prevent this. You can try setting security so that content extraction is not allowed, but there's no guarantee that this restriction will be honored by non-Adobe software that attempts the extraction.
Thanks George - that's way too complicated