How can I redact a document/PDF for free?
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How can I hide the contents of a PDF file without using a password?
One of the options is to black out the sensitive content in your file (e.g. some numbers or names).Here’s how it looks:I did it in PDF Expert for Mac. With this app, it’s easy to search for the information you want to hide within the document and redact it all in one click. Here is the short yet super informative article on how to redact PDF on Mac.Hope, this helps!
What are the best ways to redact a PDF?
Personally if it is highly classified I wouldn't use any form of electronic reactions on it's own.I would print off the pdf document, then proceed to use a permanent black marker to black out the confidential parts of the document. Then I would further tipex/whiteout the parts i marked with the black marker, then black parker ontop of the tipex/whiteout. This would be done on both sides of the page so you cannot pull it up to the light and see the words. After all this is done, I would scan the page transformation it back into a pdf then use Adobe PDF “redact" feature to do a final reaction on the classified document.This may be overkill, but this ensures pretty much no one on gods green earth other then those privy to such information can/will know what is exactly enclosed in said document.Regards,Ash
Can we read PDF file that is scanned actually and converted to PDF format (Image) ? I need to black out some specific region of text in that file. Don't know how to locate the specific region and black out that. Any help
As I have been asked…There are two possibiliies. If the area is known, the redaction tools of Acrobat XI (or for serious redaction, Redax) allows to set areas on the document which will be properly redacted.If the place to redact is not known, the scanned document must first be treated with OCR (which is also available in Acrobat XI). After OCR, use the Redaction tools to find the according text. For complex searches using Regular Expressions, you may seriously consider Redax by Appligent (the industry standard tool for Redaction).Hope this can help.
What are some ways to paint a PDF file?
Hi, I’m not sure what you mean by “paint”. Here’re two solutions I offered. Download Wondershare PDFelement and follow the steps below.If you want to paint the background of your PDF. You can open your PDF in PDFelement. Then go to the “Page” menu on the top and click “Background New Background”. Then you can add color to your PDF as a background. (More info: How to Color PDF File on Windows and Mac)2. If you want to paint some text, images or pages in your PDF to hide sensitive information, you can use the redaction feature in PDFelement. Go to the “Protect” tab and click “Mark for Redaction”. Then draw an area to cover the content you want to follow. Finally click “Apply Redaction”. Notice: In this way, the sensitive information will be permanently blacked out. (More info: How to Redact PDF Files )
Which PDF editor is the best?
It’s really important to differentiate what type of PDF editing we’re talking about here. Most commonly people refer to the following:I can annotate, comment, add text to PDFI can change the text inside the PDF, insert images or redact textMy colleague Pavel actually covered the difference between the two in details here. Having that said, let me share my personal opinion with you.Honestly, for a very long time I used and loved STDU viewer. It’s feature-rich, fast, free and most importantly supports a lot of different formats in addition to PDF .However, when I switched to Mac OS, I was disappointed to find out that STDU isn’t available there. Luckily for me, I started to work Readdle at that time and started to use PDF Expert. Instead of writing well polished marketing copy that you can find on the web-site, here is a list of features that define my PDF experience right now:Simple UI that allows me to focus on the document contentRich annotation features that are easy to useMultiple view modes for the same and different filesAND MOST IMPORTANTLY, actual PDF Editing tools which include:text removal/addition/changeimage insertionredact (very important if you work with some sensitive info)liking for pages and URLsimage to get your attention, but it actually shows how you can edit text in PDFE :)I can’t imagine my daily PDF experience without those tools anymore, and that’s why I recommend you try it as well. And we’re working on the major update for PDF Expert that is going to make the whole experience even better - we’ll keep you updated ,)
Can I edit PDF files with any of the native tools on Mac OS X?
The editing tools in Apple's Preview App have become increasingly powerful and competitive with Adobe's PDF tools on the Mac. Preview is able to annotate very well on the Mac and do almost all other edits within preview. There is no specific way to redact text in Preview on the Mac, but you can annotate a black bar over the text, then print and save as PDF, which will essentially redact it with no layers. It's free and easy to do.
What are the best alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro?
This really depends on what you are looking to do:For heavy text editing:If you are looking to directly edit text in a PDF, there are two options. You can try using a desktop software product like Nitro PDF or Foxit's PhantomPDF 7. They both offer free trials that allow you to evaluate their product.The other option is to find a good PDF to Word converter. Personally, I find that converting a PDF to Word is the easiest way to edit a PDF. Once you perform the conversion and make the changes in Word, you can save it as a PDF again by choosing "Save As" and then choosing the PDF format. They key here is to find a good PDF to Word converter. PDF Pro has an online PDF to Word converter (full disclosure - I'm the founder of PDF Pro) available here: Convert PDF to Word OnlineFor smaller touch-ups:If you are looking to make small changes to a PDF (e.g. rotate pages, merge/split, add images, add text, etc.), I'd look into some of the free online solutions provided by services such as PDF Escape or PDF Pro .For OCR:For OCR, I've never found many good online alternatives. Adobe's OCR solution is really good. You can check out Abbyy's FineReader desktop software product if you really don't want to use Adobe. They probably have the leading OCR solution in the market today after Adobe.
How can I blackout a section in a PDF file?
I assume what you really want to do is redaction - permanent removal of content. In that case, many professional products such as Adobe Acrobat Pro offer that feature.