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    OCR on a UNICODE PDF document

    I occasionally have to OCR a scanned PDF document which is in Unicode but not in one of the OCR languages. It's in 2500-years-old Akkadian. ša i-na bala-e (17) Iiri-ba damar.utu ṭūḫḫeṣi (BTW the last word does not exist but I made it up to indicate the type of letters I use) How do I tweak PDFElement 6 professional to just slavishly render the text as Unicode so I can search it?
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    Cropping a long document

    I scanned a book size document into three files. I'm at a university so I had a student scan it for me; since they frequently leave out footnotes or page numbers, I set the scan size for 11x17 so nothing gets omitted. I joined the the three files together (209 pages). Then I tried to crop the now unified document so I don't have the huge black spaces to the left and bottom (because of the 11x17 scan setting). I cropped it and then said to crop all. The result is puzzling: pages 1--168 and 180--end are perfect; however, there is a gap where pages 169--180 should be there are about 5 blank pages of which one is a long series of straight lines across the page. Yikes what went wrong? I had done this regularly in Adobe Professional ver. 7, which I had to abandon when I moved to a Windows 10 PC and couldn't afford Adobe's yearly rental fee.
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