Oh, more AE weirdness. Great. Well, there's NOTHING that says you MUST go from PDF to PDF, right? How 'bout going from PDF to a simple text editor? Surely AE can't screw a simple plain-text document, can it?
Well, it probably can, but it's worth a shot, I say....
I get the boxes no matter what I paste the text into (notepad, sticky notes, photoshop, ect...). The problem/inconsistency is either with Acrobat or with how the pages are being formatted to begin with. The process is: I print a formatted page from my work server ( I drag select all text and images and then print to PDF). This has all worked fine up until a few months ago...I am waiting to hear back from work to see if any changes were made to the way these "preview" pages are being formatted that might effect Acrobats behavior. I need to be able to copy/paste so I don't have to re-render a project three times due to my own stupid typos.
Super frustrating when a programs behavior suddenly changes for no apparent reason. Arggghhh.
When you copy from Acrobat and paste to any other app you'll get a line feed at the end of every line so that can be a problem. The boxes could be caused by a number of things in the pdf that may take a while to figure out.
My suggestion would be to open your PDF's in Illustrator, arrange the layers so they are easy to edit in AE, then save as an illustrator file and import as a comp. That's the way I work on info graphic projects.
You might also be able to open your PDF in Photoshop, separate the text into text layers, then open the PSD in AE as a comp and convert the text layers to editable text in AE so you can use text animators.
Thanks Rick, Ill look at that as an option. As of now I re-printed the PDF off the server, converted it to editable text and it's working again. Maybe files are getting corrupted? IDK.