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Tips for editing scanned PDFs – Part 2

In part 1 we covered cleaning-up a single-page, scanned PDF to make it ready for OCR. This produced a better quality scan which was then more likely to give better OCR results.

This tutorial shows a similar process but for a multi-page PDF – one that’s just too long to make editing each page by hand a viable option.

Although the example PDF used isn’t actually a scanned document (we couldn’t find one long enough!) the same steps can be applied to a scan.

Watch the short movie which makes use of the ‘Copy Across Pages’ feature of Infix.


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Tips for editing scanned PDFs – Part 1

Dealing with scanned PDFs can be tricky since the quality of both the source material and the scan can vary enormously. Scans have to be processed using OCR so they need to be good quality to get useful results. If not, you’ll tend to get gibberish text which can render the whole OCR process a waste of time.

Two common problems are a lack of contrast in the scan and unwanted artifacts such as scribbles on the paper.

Fortunately Infix can help with these problems.
Watch the short movie to see how.

Part 2 shows how to achieve similar results in long PDFs where editing each page isn’t an option.


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Wrapping text around awkward shapes

Sometimes you need to make your paragraphs flow around a picture or diagram, hugging the boundary but not overlapping it. This is difficult to do using just paragraphs and adjusting right and left margins.

Infix has a trick up it’s sleeve which can get you out trouble in this respect. Hidden deep in the text editing menu is the Line Width sub-menu and it’s made for just this kind of situation.

Take a look at the movie which explains how it works, much better than a short blog-post could ever do.

Watch the tutorial.


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Ignore page headers and footers in PDF

When you want to get the text out of a PDF for translation or any other reason, headers and footers can cause problems. Often repeated across every page, they break up your text-flow and are time consuming to remove.

Fortunately it’s pretty simple to tell Infix PDF Editor to ignore header and footer regions before you export the PDF.

Use the Crop tool to drag-out a box which includes all the text you want from a typical page, but excludes the header and footer areas. Then press the Return key to finish. The next time you export the PDF, all text outside of your crop-box will be ignored.

It’s easier to see it in action, so we’ve prepared a short movie showing how it’s done. You can also read all about the Crop tool in the on-line user-manual.


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MemoQ 8.1 adds TransPDF integration

Great news for MemoQ users – TransPDF is now available from right within your favorite translation tool.

Along with a host of other new features, the MemoQ update includes direct integration with TransPDF meaning that you can now do all your PDF preparation, previews and generation without ever having to leave MemoQ.

You can read all about version 8.1 at the official product page. I also recommend you take a look at their excellent step-by-step guide to handling PDF jobs with the new software and TransPDF.

And remember, as always, you can edit your translated PDFs for free using Infix PDF Editor.


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File Sharing & Collaboration with GroupMe

If you’re a user of Microsoft’s chat app GroupMe, you’ll no doubt be pleased with the new update to allow file sharing of up to 50MB (per file). With the ability to share from a multitude of local or cloud storage locations including OneDrive, GoogleDrive, DropBox and Amazon Drive, this brings GroupMe higher into the league to compete with established networking apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

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A trip down memory lane

 

 

We’re celebrating 20 years of Iceni this year – take a trip down memory lane with us back to 1996! How many of these things do you remember?

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Confusing Instructions? We Agree!

We love Infix users who tell us what they think – even if it’s not all roses.

One blogger has gone the extra mile to point out the good, the bad and the ugly in Infix 7. roserodent highlights some glaring omissions from our on-line user manual, particularly when it comes to selecting multiple objects on a page. Oh and a really confusing explanation of how to delete objects across pages – even we found that confusing when we re-read it this morning.

The great thing about the new on-line manual is it’s easy for us to change and all users see the updates straight away. So the confusing text is now gone and we hope the explanation of how to select multiple objects is now clearer.

Roserodent has lots of other suggestions for how we can improve Infix – some of which we plan to include in the next update. Some will take us a bit longer.

Visit roserodent‘s blog now for a really informative report of her experiences with Infix 7.

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Don’t let an awkward PDF get in the way of a dream home

I work for a large real-estate broker and have need of a solid, reliable, easy to use PDF editor for replying to banks, counter-offers etc. I have tried at least 15 other PDF editors including ‘cloud based’ editors (which concern me a little because of confidentiality).

I found the Infix PDF Editor in a review of several other editors, after using the Infix PDF Editor I am amazed that it took me so long to hear about it.
I have shown it to many professionals and they all agree it is the best PDF editor option they have seen, balancing ease of use, power, options, speed, local processing (security), and reasonable price. The interface is easy to use and my secretary only needed a few minutes to begin using it efficiently.

Overall, I would recommend Infix PDF Editor to everyone who needs to edit/create/fill-out pdf forms, it is a great product.

– Ken Gadway

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WhatsApp Adds Functionality to Send & Receive PDF Files

If you’re an iOS WhatsApp user you’ll be pleased to know you can finally send and receive PDF files after update 2.12.15 was rolled out on March 6th. This service works with files that are both saved locally or stored in the cloud, and also enables permission for file sharing of photos and videos of cloud based content. Android users have been able to do this for a while, so iOS users will be no doubt pleased to catch up.

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