[reportlab-users] Reportlab text not searchable in Apple OSX Preview.App? but searchable in Acrobat and google-pdf viewer ?

Roberto Alsina ralsina at netmanagers.com.ar
Tue Aug 4 21:14:29 EDT 2009

On Tuesday 04 August 2009 21:59:26 hari jayaram wrote:

> Hi I have just used reportlab for generating some scientific reports

> Its a great library and I was up and running in no time to create the

> reports ( see links below)


> I noticed however that the text laden pdfs I am rendering are not

> searchable using Apple Mac (Leopard) OSX Preview.App


> When I use the built in search within Preview.App only single characters

> light up ( only single characters show matches like a , b , c , d ) No

> words light up..


> The very same pdfs are searchable in Adobe Acrobat on a PC and in Googles (

> GMAIL) built in pdf viewer . The Google pdf viewer even highlights every

> occurace and gives great statistics.


> But something about my pdfs make Preview not digest the run of characters

> as words.

> Since a lot of the users are Mac users . How can I allow Preview.App to

> understand that "Peg 400" in my pdf is a word and not p , e , g etc etc..



> Thanks a tonne for this great library..

> Your help in making my pdfs searchable in Preview.App will be greatly

> appreciated

If every other PDF viewer works, it looks like Preview.App sucks?
How are you generating the PDFs, via LaTeX or via rst2pdf?

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