One of the ways that Adobe Acrobat 9 and X can help you control your work is to make it easier to remove sensitive information before distributing it outside your organization. For those of you not in the legal profession, this is called redaction. Redaction is designed to permanently remove from the document all content that is being redacted and to put an indicator that this happened in it’s place.
The way that redaction works in Acrobat 9 is that you first create redaction marks which doesn’t remove any content and then after you have worked your way through the document completely, you apply those redactions and the information is remove and replaced with, usually black, boxes and optionally codes that indicate the reason the information was removed.
If you’ve spent any time in Acrobat SDK land, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the redaction markup is
This example demonstrates:
- Adding SubMenus and Menu Items
- Detecting annotation properties
- Deleting annotations
- Use of the thermometer object
Under that menu, you will find two additional menu items.
- Convert Redaction Marks to HighlightsThis menu item will convert all Redaction Marks to Highlights. The Highlight color will be the same color as your default (usually Yellow).
- Convert Highlights to Redaction MarksThis menu item will convert all Highlights to Redaction Marks – The Redactions will not be applied by this script though it can be easily modified to do so.
Installing Joel’s Redaction Utilities
1. Quit Acrobat if it is already running
2. Download “Joel’s Redaction Utilities” and then copy the ADBE_JFG_RemoveMatchingAnnots.js file into the following file location:
a. WIN XP
b. WIN 7 and VISTA
c. MAC OSX
3. Restart Acrobat