[solved] PDF file opens with text showing as gobbledegook

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rowan.bradley
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[solved] PDF file opens with text showing as gobbledegook

Postby rowan.bradley » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:45 am

I am trying to edit a PDF file. In Adobe Reader the text in the document appears fine

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but when I open it in Inkscpae, it is complete gobbledegook.

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How do I open such a file and preserve the text?

Thanks - Rowan

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Re: PDF file opens with text showing as gobbledegook

Postby tylerdurden » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:02 am

If you can share a sample of the file it could help.

Depending on how that original webpage was saved, the resulting pdf could be easier/harder to load in Inkscape.
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Re: PDF file opens with text showing as gobbledegook

Postby Moini » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:18 am

You could try out different import methods - have you switched between internal and poppler in the import dialog?
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Re: PDF file opens with text showing as gobbledegook

Postby brynn » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:27 am

I think there's also an option about fonts in the PDF Import dialog.

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Re: PDF file opens with text showing as gobbledegook

Postby rowan.bradley » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:38 am

Thanks for your replies. I eventually found that if I used the Poppler import, then the text came through OK. I don't really understand why this is, but problem solved (at least for this specific case).

Thanks for your help.

Rowan


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