converting PDF to RTF using Automator issue

Discussion in 'iMac' started by blubarb, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. blubarb macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    I am using OS X 10.7.2 and have an issue converting scanned PDFs to RTF using Automator. Now here's the issue: When I scan text from my HP All-In-One C6180 and use HP scan I am able to select this resulting PDF file and place it into my PDF to RTF Convertor made in Automator and I can easily pull out the text and then load it into Word for editing. Not a problem. However, if I use Preview or Image Capture to scan using the HP All-In-One the resulting file will open as a PDF without a problem but if I attempt to convert it to RTF I just end up with an empty file. I can't seem to put my finger on the problem. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.
  2. blubarb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    Possible answer

    Not all PDFs contain text.* Some contain only images of text.*Is it possible that Preview and Image capture do just that and only capture images. When I open the PDF in preview (the one captured from HP scan software) I can highlight text; however, this is not possible in those scans created by Preview/Image Capture. Any thoughts on this?
  3. interrobang macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2011
    You need OCR software to convert scans to editable/copyable text.

    HP Scan includes OCR, but Image Capture does not.

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