You know what makes ME want to stab my brother to death?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by ninefivezero, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    God damn PDFs where you can't select text!

    I'm working on a paper (on alien abduction as a western culturally-bound syndrome) and so far like half the damn journal articles I have on the subject are not selectable!

    Ahhghah!

    I like taking out sentences/paragraphs and putting those in another document as important quotes, and then organizing them thematically to help come up with structures of my papers so I already have my supporting evidence, but those bastards won't let me copy-paste!

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    die die die die die!
  2. SoulAssassin

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    Type faster? Or drink faster....I go with drink faster.

    Wait - doesn't acrobat reader 9 allow copy/paste? I've done it recently
  3. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    No man, it's like the whole page is just a single image, the select tool just doesn't have anything to work with.

    Some articles, even some older ones, are done with OCR, and you can select text, but it often copies with typos.

    The newer articles are all in just regular ass text, which is the best.
  4. SoulAssassin

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    Oh damn that does suck.
  5. ninefivezero

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    LOL, I think my paper is going to be titled "Why aliens don't abduct Asians."
  6. succubus

    succubus Comfortably Numb

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    I'm interested in reading this when you're finished, if you're cool with it?
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    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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  8. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    Foxit reader has the ability to convert PDFs to text. Anyways, Foxit reader is worlds better than Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  9. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    it sounds like pdf was not created as text but a single image, so i think youre shit out of luck regardless of what youre using. or maybe print it and then scan it back in using ocr software and cross your fingers? :p
  10. tictac

    tictac Hit n' Run Poster

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    Screenshot and crop? I hate non selectable PDFs as well, but have no brother to stab :(
  11. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Because Asians are aliens.
  12. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Haha, yah, that would be a good use of my time :p

    And I do use Foxit, fuck Acrobat.
  13. namelessentity

    namelessentity Resident Cynic

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    Send it my way, I can convert the text to OCR at work if you still need it.
    namelessentity at gmail dot com
  14. Coleman

    Coleman fresh off the corner

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    Jesus Mary-Anne Joseph.. GRAB THE KIDS AND GET OUT OF HERE!!
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    CroweBaby Guest

    I thought it was "Jesus, Mary, AND, Joseph...
  16. Coleman

    Coleman fresh off the corner

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    Jesus Mary-Anne Joseph is my wife