PDF Recovery - Anything Can Recover?

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  1. DasFox

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    I have a corrupt PDF file that I'm trying to see if there is any app that can recover.

    So far Advanced PDF Repair 1.1 doesn't work.

    Anyone know if there is something that can work?

    THANKS

    P.S. pdftk and Recovery for PDF don't work either, that makes 3 apps not working, looks like it's not going to happen...
     
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  2. JRViejo

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    DasFox, the free OpenOffice suite, especially Writer, can read and create PDFs. Worth a shot since you have covered most good apps out there.
     
  3. DasFox

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    I don't see how Writer is going to deal with a corrupted PDF, but I'll give a try and see what happens....

    THANKS
     
  4. JRViejo

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    DasFox, I've seen stranger things happen, yet, since OpenOffice is FREE, there's nothing to lose! Best of luck!
     
  5. DasFox

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    Yes good ole open source maybe it can read it...

    I'll let you know in a few, going to install it now... :)
     
  6. DasFox

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    Nope doesn't work... :(
     
  7. JRViejo

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    Well, DasFox, think about it this way. You now have the equivalent of MS Office 2003 for FREE!!!
     
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    I'm a Unix/Linux geek, used Ooo, as it's also know back when it started only on Unix... :)

    Thanks though...
     
  10. DasFox

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    Well the client that I'm helping really needs it, so I guess as far as one can take it, hehe...

    I'll check everything out and get back...

    THANKS
     
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    http://www.pdf-repair.com/
    I might also suggest posting it (assuming there is nothing personal or proprietary).
    I have four .pdf proggies, and I'm sure other members here have dozens more.
    One of them may (?) be able to open / save.
     
  13. Pinga

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    Open it in Photoshop?
     
  14. DasFox

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    Well I've tried every program except Photoshop, hehe...

    PS opens PDF?

    Bob D, what programs do you have? I've tried I think every PDF app out there and none working...

    THANKS
     
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    Nothing @ my link made sense?

    S
     
  16. Bob D

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    GS View (Ghostgum), PDF X-change, PDF FormulaCAD.
    I think you need to try the scatter-gun approach. Offer (if possible) the afflicted .pdf file up for grabs, and see if anybody can open it.
    (With the understanding that it may truly be shot / unrecoverable).
    Also searching a dedicated pdf site may (?) yield something: http://www.planetpdf.com/find_software.asp
     
  17. DasFox

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    It all makes perfect sense, however none of the programs worked...


    Thanks I'll give those apps a try. After that I think I'll give up, it's been 3-4 hours on it already, and I don't think it's recoverable.

    But if anyone wants to have a go at it I'll place it on Mediafire to download:

    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?odvix2trqzw

    THANKS
     
  18. Bob D

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    Yea, I think the file is toast.
    (Possible that it is not a .pdf?)

    FWIW, error message:

    GSview 4.9 2007-11-18
    GPL Ghostscript 8.63 (2008-08-01)
    Displaying non DSC file C:/Documents and Settings/Training.pdf
    Error: /syntaxerror in (binary token, type=141)
    Operand stack:

    Execution stack:
    %interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1905 1 3 %oparray_pop 1904 1 3 %oparray_pop 1888 1 3 %oparray_pop 1771 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval--
    Dictionary stack:
    --dict:1158/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:74/200(L)--
    Current allocation mode is local
    Last OS error: No such file or directory

    --- Begin offending input ---
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    °Y&xÜÑŸÍX¬)'$¾ôÖ£þïÈGîE™ÿ¼'¡¹žÄÅÕÃÜ"
    åÏØ_vbãÁ}µúf|^¸…CpN7ebÞ`ªûaMðz˜I ‘WÈ>]œ>}Lc:\‹IÊêLŽ§uåúEÏ–ÓêaH>Eë{ÈçúU¿{è.Þ²¿Ñ-¥ê
    °Y&xÜÑŸÍX¬)'$¾ôÖ£þïÈGîE™ÿ¼'¡¹žÄÅÕÃÜ"
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    °Y&xÜÑŸÍX¬)'$¾ôÖ£þïÈGîE™ÿ¼'¡¹žÄÅÕÃÜ"
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    °Y&xÜÑŸÍX¬)'$¾ôÖ£þïÈGîE™ÿ¼'¡¹žÄÅÕÃÜ"
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    °Y&xÜÑŸÍX¬)'$¾ôÖ£þïÈGîE™ÿ¼'¡¹žÄÅÕÃÜ"
    åÏØ_vbãÁ}µúf|^¸…CpN7ebÞ`ªûaMðz˜I ‘WÈ>]œ>}Lc:\‹IÊêLŽ§u
    --- End offending input ---
    file offset = 1024
    gsapi_run_string_continue returns -101
     
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    Would a file recovery program like Photorec be needed first?
     
  20. Long View

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    good news - when did they include outlook ?
     
  21. JRViejo

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    Long View, no, there's no Outlook equivalent in OpenOffice, just Writer (like Word), Calc (like Excel), Impress (like PowerPoint), Draw (like Publisher) and Base (like Access) but since we have Mozilla Thunderbird, who needs Outlook anyway?
     
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    DasFox, using PDF Tools Online - Repair PDF this is the result:

    I think that PDF is SOL!
     
  23. Long View

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    taking your suggestion seriously I downloaded and set up Thunderbird. A very good program for those who have simple mail needs but "who needs Outlook ?"
    we anyone who is more than a home user. I receive several hundred e-mails every day - with out e-mail rules my in box might become disorganised. With less mail I suppose I could use Thunderbird and get another program to hand Tasks but being intergrated with the mail is so useful. It seems a pity that so few have ever understood the many real values of outlook. I admit the program has a steep learning curve and is not for the faint hearted but it really is worth the effort.
     
  24. JRViejo

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    Long View, to qualify my assertion, I own the MS Office Professional Edition 2003 suite. I also have Outlook Express and Thunderbird. On any given day, I receive about 400 emails from several sources: business email addresses and personal Web Mail addresses. The Web Mail addresses have Spam filters in place but the business emails come direct from the server, unfiltered.

    IMO, I find that Thunderbird allows me to do everything that Outlook can do and when I said "who needs Outlook?" my comment was geared more toward those thread readers who might not have the money to buy the suite from Microsoft, perhaps not you and definitely not me.

    Anyone can compare the Thunderbird 2 Features to Outlook and judge for themselves. Here's someone else's recent comparison: Thunderbird vs. Outlook: Email App Showdown!. Again, IMO, for a FREE product, Thunderbird is a suitable alternative.
     
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