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Old 09-10-2019, 08:17 AM
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searchable text in PDF

I know that the newest version of Creo Elements/Direct Modeling has the ability to search text in cad. Does this allow the creation of PDFs with searchable text?


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Old 09-12-2019, 08:38 AM
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Re: searchable text in PDF

that's cool to hear, thanks! I hope the search/select/copy is coming to pdf too! You can always check out AI Max as well - along with spell check, they've added searchability to their .pdf exporter.

A little off-topic but I also think it would be valuable to have the contents of the drawings get cataloged in Model Manager for searching.
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Old 09-30-2019, 10:30 AM
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Re: searchable text in PDF

Hi Tom,

As Greg mentioned, AI MAXTools' AI MAX Export2D function has this capability (and has had it since 2015). Also, I'm not aware of any indications from PTC that they have any plans to implement this functionality.

Here's a simple video of how you would use it with a current drawing (batch mode is also supported to process multiple files at once):

Generate Searchable PDFs from Annotation

We'd love to have you try the tools for yourself and let us know what you think, and what other functionality you would like -- we're always adding new functionality!

Please let us know if you have any questions.


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