Technical PDF Related Questions
What is Adobe Acrobat?
Adobe Acrobat is a commercial software product from Adobe that allows you to view and create documents in PDF (portable document format). Adobe, the inventors of the PDF format, can be found at http://www.adobe.com, where you can find both the free reader version of the software, which can be used to retrieve documents from CM/ECF, and the writer version, which can create documents for posting. There are other brands of commercially available software to create PDF files, and the CM/ECF's only requirement is that filings must be in PDF to be accepted by the CM/ECF system. All documents filed in CM/ECF must be in PDF format. The Federal Judiciary does not endorse any specific software.
I want to copy and paste from a PDF document, but I can't seem to select any text. How do I copy and paste?
If you are using an Adobe product, you must first select the text tool (look for the T on the toolbar) instead of the hand. Then select the text, and either right-click and choose copy, or use the copy icon. If you cannot select the text, then the PDF is a scanned image. Scanned documents in PDF act just like photographs. You will not be able to copy and paste from a scanned image.
What is a PDF document?
Documents in Portable Document File (PDF) format do not require a copy of the word processing program used to create them in order to be viewed. They can be viewed by anyone with a free viewer, such as Acrobat Reader, a product of Adobe Systems, Inc. In addition to its cross platform advantage, a PDF document matches very closely the format of the original document in which the PDF document was created. All of the pleadings in the CM/ECF system are stored in PDF format. To view PDF files, you must have a PDF viewing software such as Acrobat Reader, which you may download free from the Adobe Systems Internet website http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html You will view PDF documents the way they were created, and you may save and print them in that format.
PDF is the only format in which documents will be accepted in CM/ECF.
Why do I get the message “Error reading, linearized hint data"?
If you are using Adobe Reader the settings may need to be changed in order to view the document. Go to Edit, Preferences, Internet, and uncheck "Allow Fast Web View."
When filing documents electronically, why do I get the message “ERROR: this document has security measures in effect"?
The system will not accept documents which have security measures turned on (for example, password protection in Adobe.) Remove the security features from the document and submit your document again.
When I print my PDF document, why is it a mirror image?
If using Adobe Acrobat 5, make the following adjustment, select the Print command, check the box next to the option "Print as Image" which is located in the print status window next to the printer name. If using Adobe Acrobat 6, select the Print command then select the "Advanced" button located at the bottom left corner of the print status window, then select "Print as Image." You may want to turn this setting off when printing in the future because it can slow down a large print job.
Why are my PDF documents blank when I print them?
It's possible you will need to install a postscript print driver. These drivers are available from your printer manufacturer’s website.