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I can't use select graphics tool in Acrobat 9 on Vista

Using Acrobat 9 on Vista, I cannot get the select tool (either one) to select a portion of a graphic to copy and paste into other applications. I've tried setting the preferences to select graphics before text. but that seems to do nothing. Have never had this happen before. Please help.
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  • If you move the same PDF to a non-Vista system it works as expected? Also, are you referring to the Touch-Up Object tool, or another tool?

    Sometimes graphics are wrapped in Xform objects which prevent them from being directly selected, so if this problem exists with this file on other systems, that might be what you're experiencing.

    Cheers!
    • Hi Matthew,

      Thanks. Unfortunately, all of our machines are running Vista right now, so I can't try another system, but I will try this on another machine, at least. It is the "arrow" select tool. But the text and arrow select tool doesn't work either.

      The files are PDFs generated from postscript files, if that sheds any light on the situation.

      Thanks for your help so far.

      Cheers,

      Fok.
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  • Fok, send me a file and I'll see if I can provide some help.
    user: mlaun
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    Offline, I had a chat with Fok about using the TouchUp Object tool to select the objects, but he found that he couldn't copy/paste to MS Word. Here's my reply for the sake of others:

    I’m not sure of the format while it’s on the clipboard. I would expect it to be PDF, but I can’t paste it into Illustrator or InDesign, so it doesn’t appear to be PDF.

    What you can do is this:
    1) Open Acrobat’s preferences
    2) Select the TouchUp pane
    3) Click the Choose Page/Object Editor button
    4) Navigate to Acrobat.exe or .app and click OK, then close prefs
    5) Using the TouchUp Object tool, select the objects you want to have in a single document
    6) Right/Control – Click and choose Edit Object

    Presto! The content is in a new PDF with only the selected content.
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  • Fok,
    I suspect the reason you were able to do this with older version of the software were due to the nature of the files, or a difference in your preferences, not a difference in the abilities of the software. When using the TouchUp Object tool, the clipboard seems to hold content that only Acrobat can handle. I can't see a way to accomplish what you're after using the standard selection tools in Acrobat 8, either. Also, in the cases where you were able to copy/paste from Acrobat to Word, it was probably just bringing in a rasterization of the content, which you could create using screenshots of the PDF at the desired view magnification.

    If you can spot a case where Acrobat 9 doesn't do something that Acrobat 8 or earlier can, we'd definitely want to investigate it.
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  • Hi Matthew,

    It's definitely not the nature of the files. These are the exact same files, actually. I suppose that yes, the old cut and past was just bringing in a rasterization of the content (though paste special seemed to allow them to be brought in the same form as in the original PDF), but it was very convenient for quickly sending figures back and forth to co-authors. Though you have showed me a way of doing this, it takes significantly more work. The other way took about 4 key strokes, total. This takes me choosing a non-standard tool, copying to a new document, saving that document, importing the picture to Word... Anyway, if there was an easy upgrade that would allow this to be done again, I think that it would help me (and at least one other person) quite a lot!

    Cheers,

    Fok.
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  • Fok,
    Can you tell me which version of Acrobat you had done this with previously? And what was the method? If I can reproduce this working in an earlier version, and failing in a current version, I can log this as a bug.

    Thanks!
    • matt

      I have pdf that I can edit and pdf that I cannot edit

      is there a difference in pdf edit allowances

      I use winxp and acr 9 ext
    • @r coach,
      The PDF author can restrict editing capabilities. Use the Security pane in the Document Properties window to see if this is the cause. If no restrictions are listed here, and you cannot modify a particular item, it's likely caused because the content is wrapped into a formX object. Or it could be wrapped inside of a clipping path. Using the touch up object tool, right click and choose release clip, see if that enables what you want to edit. If not, undo.
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