Merge text broken up when imported from a PDF
I often have to import PDFs into Illustrator always have words and sentences that are no longer part of the same segment. Example. I just imported 24-inch. Each letter, number, and symbol came in individually. Instead of retyping it so I can make edits, it would be nice if there was an option that merged the text back into one line. Screenshot will show what I mean.
Merging several single line text into one word wrapping text box.
The need often occurs when open old AI files or flattened PDFs that converts paras into single line entries.
It would be great to be able to select all these single lines and merge them back into one text box with correct word wrapping.
Rob Hutchings commented
Take a look at what Affinity are doing, they have a really neat PDF handler in Designer & Publisher which prompts you to group lines of text together when you open the PDF. It works really well, shame I don't seem to be able to export that back out to IDML/AI as these are only supported for importing. EPS/SVG or anything else for that matter doesn't appear to retain the text flow.
C'mon Adobe you're the big dog where PDFs are concerned, are you gonna let that chiwawa get one over you?
This extension is old, but works brilliantly for me still. I use it every day.
It would be even better if this was not an option but the text would translate/merge correctly when imported.
You got my vote.
Mark Nicoll commented
In the meantime, Vector First Aid from Astute Graphics sort of does this.