We can use the shape tool to redact lines in Adobe Acrobat Standard. However, this normally leaves meta data that can be used to simply remove the drawing / comment markup box. We can work around that by re-saving the redacted file as a “Flat PDF” using the built in Microsoft Print to PDF.
PDF corruption from client using Mac Preview to edit the file instead of Adobe.
Here is the workaround. Preview the PDF in Google Chrome and hit Print, then choose “Save as PDF” as the printer.
That is how to get a clean copy.
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“[SOLVED] Text hidden on PDF form fields until clicked on
8 July 2013 by Adrian Gordon
You’ve got a PDF with form fields enabled. People are completing the form, saving the information and sending it back – however when you open the document the form fields appear empty.
When you click on the form fields the text appears, when you click away the text is hidden again.
This mysterious issue has been reported for several years without a fix from Adobe, however there does appear to be a workaround if you have the Adobe Acrobat software.
The issue appears to stem from Apple Mac users completing the form using the ‘preview’ software – which allows Mac computers to open PDF documents without AdobeReader being installed. The preview software appears to be corrupting the PDF, saving the form information but not displaying it correctly.”