PDFCreator 2.1.2 and PDF/A

Tested under PDFCreator 2.1.2:

Although, I print doc(2000 format) to PDF/A version either 1b or 2b or even standard PDF, none produces a searchable PDF.

This contradicts the PDF format requirements, see for instance:


PDFCreator can only produce searchable text if the printing application sends real text to the PDFCreator printer. Some applications, especially browsers, send the print job as images, in which case PDFCreator has no chance of generating any searchable text, since it doesn’t have OCR and can’t extract text from images. Usually this can be solved by printing from a differnt application.
If not, you could have a look at PDF Architects OCR module, this can extract text from images.

best regards,

Than, neither LibreOffice 4.3.3, nor MS-Word send doc (2000) file as searchable text.

That is a bit strange indeed, both usually do produce searchable text.
(unless the doc file contains only an image of text).
Does converting to a regular PDF result in searchable text?
We will also have a look at this issue here and see if it can be recreated on a test machine.

best regards,

I have created a reproducable test file, to which email should I send it?


please send it to support@pdfforge.org, thanks for helping out.

best regards,

In case anybody else runs into this problem:

the created PDF is searchable with Adobe Reader or any PDF viewer.

If Windows Explorer or other applications are able to search inside PDFs depends on your systems indexing options.

According to http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/windows-explorer-search-feature-does-not-work-on/073947d3-41c2-4a5e-80aa-f9c83e130dc9?auth=1

you might need to install some additional “iFilter” from Adobe if you are on a 64 bit system.

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