How to use dtSearch Web with PDF files

Last Reviewed: September 27, 2016

Article: DTS0116


Applies to: dtSearch Web 6, 7

See also:
How to use dtSearch or dtSearch Web with OCR,

Adobe Reader DC, XI, and X information

PDF viewers that support highlighting hits

dtSearch Web can index and search PDF files, and can highlight hits in retrieved files.  For information on highlighting hits in retrieved PDF files using the dtSearch Engine API, see "Highlighting hits in PDF files" in the dtSearch Engine API reference.

Server Requirements

1.   Install dtSearch Web.  

2.   Copy the PDF files to a folder that is defined as virtual directory in IIS. A subdirectory of the root folder for your web site (i.e., c:\inetpub\wwwroot\docs) will work.

4.   Index the PDF files with dtSearch Desktop. See the dtSearch Quick Start for more information on how to index documents with dtSearch.

5.   Use dtSearch Web's "Build Search Form" to build a search form. See the dtSearch Web Quick Start for more information.

Setting up the Client Machines

Client machines will need a plug-in to highlight hits in PDF files using Adobe Reader.  For more information, please see Adobe Reader DC, XI, and X information.

Changing the Highlight Color

The color used to highlight hits in Adobe Reader is controlled by the client machine's Display Options in Windows. The specific option is the "Selected Items" color, which defaults to white-on-blue. If you change it to black-on-yellow, Adobe Reader will show highlights in yellow. (This will also make your Windows menus and list boxes use yellow highlights.) There is no way to control this from the server.

Optimizing PDF Files

Adobe Acrobat can restructure PDF files so they can open more quickly in a web browser.  This Adobe article explains how it works:

Using the Action Wizard in Adobe Acrobat, you can optimize an entire folder of PDF files in one step: