Before diving into this often visited hornets’ nest, some questions…
- What format of file do you need? Will PDF do or do you need native InDesign files?
- If this is a request from a printer, are they are aware that this is now the 21st century?
In CS4 this is the way it was done
Not sure if it still works in CS5 as still using CS4.
Other way to do this using Adobe Acrobat Pro
Open Document in Acrobat go to Advanced>Print Production>Flattener Preview
Tick the box next to Convert All Text to Outline
Thats if your still able to do this in CS5
Dov Isaacs has some points here on the Flattening Technique
Be sure to read the "Is it necessary?"
And Dov Isaacs once again on why it's bad to convert text to outlines
All the other comments and responses should also be read.
Honestly - make a backup of your file with Live Text so that you edit it at a later date. Converting all text to outlines in your document will make it ineditable.
Oh and sorry I don't know of a script.
My last post was just a "warning" to whomever else may stumble on this thread. It was more for posterity, if it helps you then great. If it helps others then great.
There are certain circumstances and unusual times where you'd need to do this. And I don't know of a way to automate it.
You can get 3rd Party Acrobat PDF plugins that will do it (my mind has gone blank on their names?)
Here's a nice tut with a transparency script also added http://www.stevewareham.com/text2outlines.php
BUT if you want to do this in Acrobat Pro
- Add a Watermark under Document>Watermark>Add
- Make sure the text covers all the space in the PDF where text could lie
- Or you could use an image - say a full page black JPG or something
- Set the Opacity to 0
- the watermark will be added to all pages
- Then Advanced>Flattener Preview
- make sure Convert text to outlines is selected
- Select the option for All Pages in Document
- Click Appy
Flatten the PDF and all the text should convert under the flattening
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Just a quick point.
You do not always have to add the watermark to convert in Acrobat. Depends on how the pdf was made.
I usually try the ouline first and if it does not work i then add the watermark
I just do it to make sure. Although it's extremely rare that I do it.
I don't really see the point of flattening it then discovering it didn't work.
I much prefer doing this in Acrobat too as it leaves the original file in tact.