2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 30, 2015 7:33 PM by Dov Isaacs

    Blocking OCR in a PDF


      Is there a way to block the OCR capability when saving a PDF?  We post a PDF newspaper with legal notices and some clients don't necessarily want their lawsuit to be forever tied to a Google search of their name.


      Thanks for your help!

        • 1. Re: Blocking OCR in a PDF
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Ask in the Acrobat forum. You’ll get way more help there.

          • 2. Re: Blocking OCR in a PDF
            Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee

            You really don't mean any “OCR in a PDF.” When you export a PDF file from InDesign or otherwise create PDF with text, that text is searchable directly. There is no OCR involved. If the PDF file is available on the web and not behind a “pay wall,” you can expect that search engines will find the PDF file and extract the text for indexing.


            The idea of publishing legal notices is that they are public record and thus, somehow prohibiting access to same is very much against the actual legal concept behind a for-the-record legal notice in a publication of record.


                       - Dov