I have an old PDF with Type1 fonts. I can't copy paste text from this PDF - there are no copyright issues, this is simply some old document - not even sure how it was created.

How do I replace these with truetype fonts?

  • For what purpose? Replacing the font won't allow you to copy text to the clipboard. – Mike Fitzpatrick May 26 '11 at 23:08
  • If the ability to copy has been disabled, the ability to edit the PDF file will surely be disabled as well. Check in File > Properties in Adobe Reader. – paradroid May 26 '11 at 23:40
  • @MikeF - Purpose, is to copy and paste in a Word document pieces of the pdf for quoting in an article. @paradroid - All restrictions - printing, copying, etc are allowed as Allowed. – NMS May 27 '11 at 10:24
  • Disabled copy/paste is a security setting unrelated to the font. Replacing the font in the PDF won't solve your problem. @Linker3000's solution may work, depending on how LibreOffice respects PDF security settings. – Mike Fitzpatrick May 28 '11 at 3:51

LibreOffice http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ supports opening PDFs in its draw app. Once loaded you may be able to select what you want as text blocks. Worth a try as it's a free download.

  • thanks, I have 20 docs spanning over 700 pages, that is the challenge. So, I do need something that will work in a semi-automated fashion. – NMS May 29 '11 at 2:44

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