How to read obfuscated PDFs?

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How to read obfuscated PDFs?

Post by chrisra » Mon May 22, 2017 5:12 am

Hi everyone,

sometimes you run across a PDF where the fonts have been scrambled in a way similar to this:
On Xubuntu 16.04, with either evince, okular, or pdfgrep, I can search within these PDFs (and copy text). On Linux Mint 17.3, I can't. I assume it must be a feature in some common library, since this behaviour extends over several programs. Before I do a distro upgrade because of this one thing (and hope that the latest LM has it), does anyone know what to do with these PDFs?


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Re: How to read obfuscated PDFs?

Post by MichaelJohn » Tue May 23, 2017 4:59 am

Have you tried Mint 18.1 to see if it is still an issue. Sometimes issues creep in that are fixed either by an update or in the next release....

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Re: How to read obfuscated PDFs?

Post by Mute Ant » Tue May 23, 2017 8:25 am

"does anyone know what to do with these PDFs?" Possibly...use Firefox to open it then 'Print To File' to make a plain-text version? I don't know, I never tried.
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