Buddy i m surprised to read your problem. i have used both the versions but i never had a problem. can you please make some example of words that was being find my adobe properly??
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I have a similar difficulty with the search function in Adobe Reader. So I updated to V. 9.1. The problem is still extant -- sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.
I save a PDF file from the web, then open Reader V. 9.1 and open the file. I scroll down to a proper name in the file and enter it into the search field and click the "Find Next in Current PDF" option. Sometimes it works, other times it tells me "No matches were found." Yet, I am looking right at the word/name.
Suggestions? It would really be helpful if the Search function worked and worked consistently.
Offhand, I'd think the files are scans that have been OCRd incorrectly.
For those of us less informed could you please elaborate. Is there more than one way or format to scan a PDF file?
Hi together, many thanks for your responses
I'm thinking the problem source is the PDFCreate! we are using to create the PDFs from the original word files. It seems that the problem only appear on some files. And even the search than sometime works fine. But I have to do some tests now. I'll let you know if I have more infos.
The Problem was not Adobe Reader!
We use ScanSoft PDF Create! to create the PDF files directly from Word 2007. In the tool settings we activated now the option "Optimize for Web Viewing". Now it works correctly with every testet document.
But it still strange, that we didn't had the Problem with Adobe Reader 8.
Many thanks for your support.
Thanks for the explanation. I did not knew it was from that software.
Say, I have what I think is a related question. In a PDF file, how can one tell whether the PDF is searchable or not? Is there something in Document Properties that gives a clue? Thanks!
As you can read in my own reply, the problem was by the creating of the document. So I think there won't be a solution by Adobe for this problem. Try other options/applications to create the document.
The first questions is, why does Adobe 8 search work properly with all
Second, the documents in question haven't bee generated by myself, but
were official documents from Sun Microsystems / Oracle. So I have no
chance to regenerate them.
Thats a real good question, but seems not really interesting for the adobe guys...
Hope you'll be more luky than me finding the correct answer!
I was unable to use Find successfully on one .pdf document using Adobe Reader 9.4.1 but had success by viewing the .pdf document using Preview (v. 4.2) on my Mac.
You may solve the problem I believe on Adobe Reader level.
I had this problem. I did: Menu Edit -> Preferences -> Search ->Purge Cache Contents in "Fast Find" Section.
You may also consider not using "Fast Find".
The above helped for all the documents I had the problem with.
Thank you I will give it a try.
yes, that solved my problem too.
Thanks a lot for your help
I am having problem with text search in Adobe reader latest version 9.3.
One pdf file generated through a pdf printer inside a word processing program and has around 100 pages. So there is no issue of having a scanned document which is not searchable.
In this document, when I try to search the text inside the pdf file using Adobe Reader 9.0, it is working alright and it is recognising the text searched for.
However, When the same pdf file is searched using Adobe Reader 9.3 and 9.4 etc it is not searching the text which is present at more than five places in the document.
You may have been facing the same problem I had before.
All worked fine after disabling fast find
(Menu Edit -> Preferences -> Search. Deselect "Enable Fast Find")
Thanks a lot Mate... I was having the same issue and your steps solved my problem.
Seems its the Find/Search cache which is the root cause of this problem.
I did the following as you suggested:
Menu Edit -> Preferences -> Search ->Purge Cache Contents in "Fast Find" Section.
And it worked