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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #106: Using Data Embedded in a Document

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A number of programs produce PDF files that contain metadata converted from custom information embedded in the source files. Donna L. Baker shows how to view and work with this embedded object data, using Adobe Acrobat 9.
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To view custom metadata embedded in a PDF file, choose Tools > Analysis > Object Data Tool, or select the Object Data tool (see Figure 1) on the Analysis toolbar.

Move the Object Data tool over the page. When you mouse over an object that contains metadata, the pointer changes to show crosshairs. Click to select all the objects containing data in the drawing; double-click to select just the object beneath the tool.

The Model Tree pane opens once the object selection is complete, and the content of the embedded data is shown in the lower section of the pane.

Figure 1

Figure 1 Display an object's data embedded into the document.

From the Options menu in the dialog box, you can choose multiple ways to use the data, including the following:

  • Export the data as XML from either the selected node or the entire model tree.
  • Copy the content of an object's data to the clipboard.

More Object Actions

Using the Model Tree pane, here are more ways to work with the object data in a drawing:

  • From the Highlight Color pop-up menu, you can open a color picker and choose another color to highlight or identify a selected object.
  • Choose Previous View from the Options menu to go back to content viewed at the previous magnification.
  • To check out an object close up, select it from the Model Tree pane and choose Zoom to Selection from the Options menu. The document pane shows just the selected object.
  • Choose an object from the list at the top of the Model Tree pane and then choose Count from the Options menu. The resulting information dialog box lists the number of objects that have the same data associations. Some objects are single objects, whereas others are created in multiples.

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