I recently received this email from one of my blog readers:
Does Adobe Acrobat have a feature similar to the eraser in the old MS Paint program to edit pdf documents? The feature does exist in ScanSoft Paperport (I have version 11). It is very useful to remove stray marks on scanned images, staple marks, fax headers, punched hole marks, etc. If used with extreme zoom, I can remove just about any marks on the page so it looks like new. However, it would be useful to have all the features in one program. I prefer to use Adobe Acrobat to OCR, and otherwise manage PDF documents, but if they need editing I am forced to use ScanSoft Paperport. Also, the file size seems to go way up after I edit the document with Paperport.
There are two ways you can clean up content in a PDF:
- Use the Redaction tools (Acrobat Pro only) and redact using the "No Color" option.
See my Redaction Guide for instructions.
- Use the Edit Image option and an external editor to clean up the PDF
I’ve never written about the second option previously, so this seems like a good opportunity to do so!
Using an external image editor makes the most sense for image-based PDFs. However, Acrobat can also call a program to edit vector content, too.