PDF's do support text searches. For example, if you PDF a Word doc, youcan search/highlight/copy/paste the text. If you scan a doc, it will not have searchable text unless you use OCR. I haven't tried it but based upon how Adobe handles other docs with text in them, I would expect that if youuse Adobe to PDF a Pro/E drawing, thetextin the drawing that uses a recognized font would be searchable. Perhaps someone with Adobe can verify this.
PTC's response posted to thePTC/User"pro-user" exploder last month:
"Thanks for the feedback, Mike.
When Pro/E Wildfire 3.0 ships, it will include the capability to publish Adobe PDF files directly Pro/E. While it will not automatically create the PDF when the drawing is saved, it will essentially serve asanother option for printing your drawings.
This option will be included for free with your upgrade to Pro/E Wildfire 3.0, and will require no additional software from Adobe to run. That is, you don't need to purchase Adobe Distiller separately, as you do with Pro/E Wildfire 2.0.
The resulting PDF file (from Pro/E Wildfire 3.0) will also be much "smarter" than it would have been coming out of Pro/E Wildfire 2.0. For example, with PDF files from Pro/E Wildfire 3.0, the resulting file supports Navigation and Bookmarks, Searchable Text, Drawing Measurements, and increased security via Adobe's Digital Right's Management capabilities.
Look for more information about this enhancement on ptc.com, coming soon." Edited by: Brian_Adkins