What Is Redax?

Redax® is an Adobe® Acrobat® plug-in that removes (redacts) sensitive information from PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. Confidentiality is assured, because the redacted information cannot be recovered. In a secure, two-step process, Redax physically deletes text and images that you select and then creates a new, redacted document without them.

About This Guide

The Redax Getting Started Guide is a tutorial introduction to Redax. It walks you through a basic redaction of a sample file, which is included with Redax. You will learn how to:

  1. Set Redax preferences
  2. Evaluate a document
  3. Mark up a document
  4. Redact a document

You should go through the tutorial in the order shown. However, you do not have to complete it all at once. Just make sure to save your work when you finish an exercise, and you will be able to pick up with the next exercise whenever you’re ready to continue.

Before You Begin

Before you start the tutorial, make sure Redax is usable and that you can find the sample files used in the tutorial.

To make sure Redax is usable:

  1. Start Acrobat.
  2. Look for the Redax menu on the Acrobat menu bar:

    Adobe Acrobat X, XI & DC:
    Adobe Acrobat menu bar including the Redax menu.

If you see the Redax menu, Redax is accessible. You can start the tutorial as soon as you locate the sample files.

If you do not see the Redax menu, Redax is either not installed or you need to take some extra steps to make it accessible. See the Redax Installation Guide for instructions. It is located on the CD or in the download package you received when you purchased Redax.

To find the sample files: sample_base.pdf and sample_find_list.txt

  1. Look for the sample files in the samples subdirectory where you installed Redax. In Windows, the default location for the sample files is C:\Appligent\Redax\samples.
  2. If you cannot find the sample files in their default location, search for the sample_find_list.txt.
  3. If you still cannot locate the files, reinstall the software. See the Redax Installation Guide for instructions.

Conventions Used In This Guide

The following conventions are used in this guide:

Instructions for selecting menu items use a shorthand notation, example:

Select Redax > Reports > Redax Report To File

The above represents an instruction to select the Redax menu, then select Reports from the Redax menu, and finally select Redax Report To File from the Reports submenu.

Terms that might be new to you are shown in bold face:

mark up

Definitions for these terms are displayed in orange boxes:

mark up. To select one or more areas of a document for redaction.

For More Information

When you finish the tutorial, refer to the Redax User Guide for more detailed information about each step in the redaction process. For information about product updates and known issues, see the release notes (readme file). The user guide and release notes are both located in the default installation directory.