How to Open PDF Files that may be giving error messages

So you’ve been given a PDF file, and none of your applications you have will open it. You’d like to know how to open pdf files or corrupt pdf files with jumbled text or other issues. You may get one of these error messages when attempting to open PDF Files:

  • Password protection blocks opening the PDF Document.
  • PDF was created with a program that doesn’t adhere to the Standardized ISO for PDF files and does not comply with industry standards.
  • File is damaged.

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If your PDF file is damaged, you may want to use the Repair PDF tool in Bluebeam Revu

  1. From the Document Menu in Bluebeam Revu, Select the Process Button, then Select “Repair PDF”
How to Open PDF Files

Repair PDF


2) From the “Repair PDF Options Windows, make your selections.  If  you are having issues with jumbled or illegible text, we recommend that you select “Process Wipeouts, Text Masks, and OLE Objects” and “Remove Text Clipping”, then Select “OK”



Repair PDF Options

Repair PDF Options

3. Now that your PDF has been salvaged with Revu, you can move on to markup and editing, or whatever you plan to do                     with the PDF file.

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