Bluebeam Revu eXtreme includes powerful redaction capabilities for removing text and images from documents; selected text and images are permanently deleted from the PDF content stream.
There are two steps to redact a PDF file: First, select the areas to be redacted, and then apply the redaction to remove the text and images from the PDF.
Be aware that performing this action on a page containing flattened markups will prevent all markups on the page from being unflattened. Additionally, Redaction cannot be used on a PDF that has been digitally signed or certified.
Note: Redaction is only available in Revu eXtreme. See Erase Content for an alternate way to remove content from a PDF.
Alternatively, press SHIFT+A or click on the Redaction toolbar.
Select a page range to be included in the redaction process. By default, all pages of the PDF are included.
All Pages: Sets the range to all pages.
Current: Sets the range to the current page only. The current page number will appear in parentheses, for example, Current (2) if page 2 is the current page.
For example: 1-3, 5, 9 will include pages 1, 2, 3, 5 and 9.
To apply redaction filters, click Advanced. The Advanced Apply Redactions dialog box appears.
Filters are used to redact only some types of data from the PDF while leaving others intact. For example: To redact text, but not the background image behind the text, leave Text checked and uncheck Image. Conversely, unchecking Text and leaving Image checked would remove the background image and leave the text. Use caution with filters because what appears as text in the PDF file may actually be vector data. These filters are always applied by default to ensure that data is not unintentionally left in the document. Click OK when you have set the desired filters.
You can control how a redacted area will appear in the PDF after the redaction takes place on the Properties tab for the redaction annotation. This must be done before the Apply Redactions process is run.
To open the Properties tab for a redaction, right-click it and select Properties. Alternatively, select the Properties tab then select the desired redaction markup.
Color: Defines the color of the outline of the Marked annotation.
Redact Color: Defines the fill color used to indicate where information was removed after redaction is applied.
Use Overlay Text: When selected, overlays text in the redacted area (usually to identify the reason for the redaction). The remaining, Overlay Text properties define the text that is overlayed:
Any redaction markup can be added to the Tool Chest. By doing so, you can build a set of commonly used redaction settings.
Once you have defined a redaction markup, right-click on the markup, then go to Add to Tool Chest and select the Tool Set to which you wish to save it. You can create a separate tool for each redaction type. To use, click the tool and begin marking the PDF for redaction.
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