I use a Mac v. 10.6.7 and Adobe reader v. 9.4.4. In my job, I get sent a variety of documents in Adobe. Sometimes I can copy and paste text and sometimes I can't. What is the secret that will allow me to quickly and reliably copy and paste text from an Adobe document to a Word document? And I've tried saving Adobe documents as text and never, not once, has the document been saved as text. The new Adobe file always is just blank. Thank you for your help.
It sounds like the documents are scanned images so, there is no text to copy/paste.
If you have Adobe Acrobat, you can run OCR first and create live text that can be manipulated but Reader can't do that.
So all I have to do is install Adobe Acrobat and from now on I'll be able to copy and
paste? No problem? If it's that easy and dependable, I'll do it.
For the most part yes.
There are some idiosyncrasies with using OCR so unless you are creating the scans themselves and can control how they are being created, you may run across some that don't work easily.
I would suggest installing the trial version of Acrobat. It's good for 30 days and by then you should have a good idea whether it will work for your situation.