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Today I'm going to talk about the right way and the wrong way to redact a document in Acrobat I'm going to open up on my laptop here a motion it's a pretty famous motion is a pretty famous example of the right way and the wrong way to do it but since it's been a couple of years since that happened I thought I'd revisit the issue so that way people don't forget this has come up in clients that we've worked with relatively recently as well and that also had me thinking about it so this was a motion that was brought up during the prosecution of our former governor in Illinois rod Blagojevich and for example on paragraph 9 there were some stuff that was intended to be redacted and the attorneys in this case or the technicians that they relied upon had decided that they could just put black rectangles you can draw shapes lines circles things like that in Acrobat and they decided to draw in black rectangles over the text that they wanted to redact the problem with that method is is that Acrobat keeps things in layers so think of it like in Photoshop or a very complicated slide in PowerPoint things can be on top of things without obliterating what's underneath and so I can go to this paragraph 9 drag and select the entire paragraph hit ctrl C and then open up a word document and paste in all the text that was underneath the black marks and so this comes up a couple of other ways as well when people intend to redact documents either because a trade secret protection work product or client confidentiality they'll still exchange materials and then the other side suddenly has information that is supposed to be secret but was underneath the redacted information the ethics of that is not something that I'll go into here but it's definitely a problem and something that does come up because once that comes out of the bag whatever that intended to be protected information is when it gets out it's out no matter how much constructive pretend fiction we try to put back into it and so here's the right way to do something like that the right way to do that is to come to your tools and Adobe Acrobat if you're using the DC version you'll come to the tools ribbon here if you're using older versions of Acrobat Pro you'll come up to the upper right hand corner up here that's where your tools are and if you're not sure what I always recommend is just type in what you want to do so you can type in redact because that's what I want to do and it'll show me the tool that I need otherwise if I don't want to do it that way here's how I can find it I can scroll down past these couple of different categories and in

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How can I redact a document/PDF for free?
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Are there any free utilities that will allow me to redact a few numbers from a scanned PDF document before emailing it?
You will need to make PDF editable first, then to redact the PDF.#1 Google DocsLogin into your Google AccountGoogle Drive,Click "New" File Upload, import the PDF file that you want to make in editable formatOnce uploaded, right click to "Open with Google Docs", if your PDFs are scanned copies, an OCR processing will start automatically,Your PDF will be opened in Google Docs, choose "File""Download As" to choose the editable output format you want to save your PDF as.#2 AdobeOpen PDF with Adobe Acrobat ProGo to ViewToolsRecognize Text in This File to make PDF editable on macNow the PDF file is editable now, you can edit the PDF file as you want to in Adobe, then go to “File” and export PDF as other editable format.
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 some free best alternatives of Adobe acrobat DC?
There are lots of PDF readers in market. I personally prefer Adobe. But it does not allows editing or saving it to doc. For that purpose I prefer Nitro PDF. Though its not free software, but it has all the features which you need. You can get its trial version. Still if you want more software, please refer this link.
What is the best pdf editor/converter you can pay for that is not Adobe for Mac?
As for PDF editor, I think I will pay for Adobe, it is always the most powerful PDF tool to meet all your needs to manage a PDF file.As for PDF converter, here is a list of best pdf converter for mac:PDF converter OCR for mac: convert both native and scanned PDF files, even image files into 16+ editable documents on Mac. Also you can create PDFs from other documents,Readiris 16 for mac: It allows users to convert any PDFs into searchable PDF, to Word, Excel, ODT, ePub, HTML, Text, RTF, Audio and image formatsNuance pdf converter for mac: enables users to easily and accurately convert PDFs or images into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, RTF, and Corel WordPerfect documents. Also, users can directly view, edit and create PDFs within the program.Aiseesoft PDF Converter Ultimate can also convert any PDF to Word, ePub, PowerPoint, Text, Excel, HTML and image formats. Even it can customize output settings.
How do I black out text in Adobe Reader?
Open the PDF file in any pdf reader to redact in Preview. Black out text using any method you want (e.g. use the rectangle annotation tool with black as the color and choose the thickest border. Then draw the shape as many times as needed until your document is blacked out.) File Save As, and choose an image format such as PNG or GIF.Free PDF ReaderFoxit Reader
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