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As a packaging designer, my clients are often requesting that we add Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew texts on packaging.
More often than not, I receive 4 different types of text sources :
A .PDF containing a scan of the text needed (so nothing more than a picture).
A .PDF whereby I can select the text and copy it into MS Word® but the sentence is no longer the same as what I had copied from the .PDF file! (e.g. some of the characters are replaced by strange ones).
A .PDF file where the client has inserted an annotation which displays correctly in the Acrobat® but the moment that I do a copy/paste into MS Word®, the whole sentence is inversed (text appearing left to right instead of right to left -> For Arabic).
Sometimes I also receive Excel® files.
After copying the text into MS Word®, I save the file in .PDF format and I then re-open it in Adobe Illustrator®.
• Adobe® CS5 (Illustrator,...)
• MS Office® 2011
• Mac OS 10.6.8
Is there an easier, faster and more reliable method to extract such "exotic" text?
e.g. a plug-in, another software, another method (instead of having to pass through MS Word®, ...)
Thank you for your precious help.