Acrobat Pro X page errors, Expected dict object - Follow-On Question

I'm posting to see if there has been any further dialog or solutions to the problem described in the original post; details below.

A user I support experienced this exact problem with Acrobat Pro X while building a document from multiple sources.

The user could not delete what appear to be empty pages that are sized 0.00 x 0.00 in. with getting the 'Expected dict object error'. They looked as normal empty pages unless zoom is set to 6400%. When set to 100%, the page size is a small square centered on a large gray space. Thumbnails are not shown and therefore not available to delete those pages.

Preferences have been unchecked for Allow Fast Web View and Display PDF in browser.

Any additional ideas or fixes are appreciated.

Cheers, Ken Chambers

Kenneth Chambers

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Typical "Empty Page" in one of my docs -- 2 shown above and there were 2 at the end of this document also...

Unfortunately, my search these last few years have not found an easy way to deal with these pages causing the "Expected dict object" or "There was a problem reading this document (14)." errors when trying to delete, extract, or print them. I see either or both these errors depending on what I am trying in the files that contain these invalid pages that are likely objects that were inserted along with valid pages from my various sources. I have found no way to simply delete them with any built in Acrobat tools or from anyone's suggestions on this matter. Regardless, the files where these objects reside become corrupt and prone to crashing when trying to work with them normally.

The only solution I have found is to copy the good pages to a new file. Using Adobe "Print to PDF" this is relatively easy and fast by selecting only the good pages within the pages panel where the bad pages are also visible. If the empty or corrupt pages exist towards the middle of the document, then make a pass selecting all good pages up to the first bad one followed by a pass selecting all good pages immediately after the last bad one, assuming they are together. Print each range of selected docs to a pdf and then consolidate documents by dragging all the pages from one newly created file to the other newly created file. You will also have to edit the newly created files for rotated pages and adjust. This 338 page document from the screen capture above took me 5 minutes to print to pdf 2 separate files and then combine into one pdf and correct for rotation. The numbering was off, but this was easily corrected in the pages panel using the drop down menu "Number Pages" selection. Note that none of these actions affect your original file, which you should preserve "as is" until you are certain you have successfully created a new and better copy of the original.

While the above process is relatively fast and easy, it does nothing to bring in bookmarks. Until recently I knew of no easy way to export them from the corrupt file and import to my new one. In the past I had to copy and paste and then remap each bookmark one-at-a-time, which could take up to a couple hours in my documents of several hundred pages.

In my post to this forum on this problem, I was assisted by Adobe Expert Deepak Jeswani who helped me to automate the importing of the bookmarks using a utility called JPdfBookmarks. Following his suggestions, I downloaded the free app and had the bookmarks from the corrupt file copied into my newly created file within a couple minutes. The bookmarks come in mapped automatically, which is a major feature of this utility. Thanks to Mr. Jeswani for his suggestions and Flaviano Petrocchi for JPdfBookmarks who helped me create a new document from a corrupt one within minutes and with minimal pain. Here is the link to JPdfBookmarks:

Refer to the online help manual for more details. But for a quick start, Mr. Jeswani's instructions worked well for my first time use: Install and launch JPdfBookmarks. Open the corrupt pdf file. Press Ctrl+Alt+D to "Dump" the bookmarks to a text file. Save the text file. Close the corrupt pdf file without saving to preserve your original file unmodified. Open the newly created pdf file that is free of corruption. Press Ctrl+Alt+L to "Load" the bookmarks from the saved text file. Save the pdf.

Good luck.

By Darrell Chapman   

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