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Old 02-10-2005, 06:36 AM   #1
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Hi all, my first queston in the new forum.

A very naive user at my client has just sent me a PDF file to extract text for a user guide. The text comes out as strings of binary characters (extract below), and if I look in the properties/fonts dialogue, the font given is Type 1 of a face I have never heard of (called PSOwsthelpvs). The encoding says "Custom".

&" 0## 

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(  (  (  + '  5  1. 2 # $  & # 7 (    3 ''

Is there any simple way to get at the text, or do I need to type it in from the display? AFAIK, their DMS uses Acrobat 5 for imaging, and I haven't had this problem in the past. I don't have ATM, but can use either Acrobat 4 or 6 to investigate if needed.
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