More Adobe shenanigans... Any good alternative to Acrobat Pro?
I'm still fuming from my interactions with Adobe of the last 48 hours :mad:
Adobe has declared EOL on pretty much anything that is not CC and so it broke (or more accurately didn't fix) multiple problems in Acrobat Pro X due to the switch to El Cap. Apparently they fixed Acrobat 11, belatedly.
They are offering an upgrade route for a king's ransom: about C$400 (tax included) to get to DC Pro. This is where the fun begins: Having (very reluctantly) accepted to swallow this bitter pill, I paid for the upgrade, except that not all versions of Acrobat X are created equal! If you purchased it as part of CS5.5 (which I did), then it is not upgradable. Read this carefully again: a perfectly legal, registered copy of Acrobat Pro cannot be upgraded because it was part of a bundle! :ptptptptp
(oh and they want C$1000 for the full version)
I use Acrobat mainly to scan, combine files and reduce their size. Typically I will scan to TIFF and let Acrobat operate its magic. An important feature of size reduction while retaining good quality is OCR: the ClearScan fonts make a real difference. But that's not worth C$1k !!!
Any alternatives to the bloodsucking monopolists? PDFs created from scanners at typically very large and I find Preview pretty useless at size reduction/quality preservation (either from and image or from a PDF).
You could try opening the scans in Pages??
pdfPen seems promising, but I don't like that they're using a cloud OCR service rather than processing the files on the computer.
Just discovered that VueScan had OCR and I have a full license. Will run a test regarding file size later...
Not sure about the other functionality, but I have used this application with success several times for reducing the size of a PDF.
And... you'll like the price.
I like Panic, I've been buying Transmit for eons (although these days I rarely use stand alone FTP). Nice attitude.
UPDATE: tried it out on a variety of files... no success: the files are not shrinking and therefore don't get saved
I don't know if this will meet your needs, but I saw this app on the Apple App Store site, it appears to do what you want and it's FREE!
PDF OCR X Community Edition
I have not tried it out, I do not have any interest in the company or product, I just think it might solve your problem.
Have a good day
Update on file sizes using different methods
I finally got around to testing a mixed page (typed text + lots of handwritten notes). Here we go:
1) Pure TIFF:
- Canon scanner, native software, 300 dpi, 24 bit colour: 16.5 MB
- Canon scanner, VueScan, auto-resolution, 24 bit colour: 4.5 MB
2) TIFF to PDF conversion with Preview:
- First file: dialogue says 2.2 MB, actual is ... 15.3 MB (!!!)
- Second file: dialogue says 0.9 MB, actual is 4.3 MB (!!! again)
- Both files applying 'Reduce Size' filter: produces completely illegible file of 35 kB !!!
Intermediary conclusion: TiFF to PDF not quite the thing baby :baby:
3) Scans to PDF, no OCR
- Canon scanner, native software, 300 dpi, 24 bit colour: 2.2 MB
- Canon scanner, native software, output set to 'document': 1 MB
- Canon scanner, VueScan, auto-resolution, 24 bit colour: 0.9 MB
- Adobe acrobat driving Canon scanner w Descreen function and without OCR: 266 kB
4) Scans to PDF with OCR
- Canon scanner, VueScan, auto-resolution, PDF with OCR: 0.9 MB
- Adobe acrobat driving Canon scanner w Descreen function and with OCR: 475 kB
5) Optimised PDF (Acrobat 9 minimum):
- Adobe acrobat driving Canon scanner without OCR: 266 kB (no change)
- Adobe acrobat driving Canon scanner with OCR: 216 kB
Yes, for the more eagle eyed amongst you, I have managed to get OCR to work on Acrobat again, by standing on the loo on one foot at sunset while sacrificing a chicken :ptptptptp
In terms of quality, what do we have?
- OCR is a given, given its archival/retrieval qualities and almost no impact on file size
- VueScan with OCR is the crispest but still quite large. Excellent OCR.
- Acrobat OCR/optimised is good on printed text but lightweight on handwriting
- So Acrobat OCR/not optimised wins :rolleyes:
Obviously, I could still play around with native resolution on VueScan, but I've already lost the will to live... :D
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