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The situation I have in mind is a .pdf document obtained from a scan, or at least such that some readers view it as an image (as opposed to text) and render it badly (see the screenshot below) enter image description here

My personal user experience is with Evince in Ubuntu 12.04, but I guess this is common problem.

Is there something I can do inside Evince, like turn some option, etc.? Could you point to a valid alternative with a better rendering for images .pdf?

Using Evince on another Linux distribution and machine I get an acceptable rendering of the same document. Might this image rendering process be related to how the pdf reader interacts with the X-stuff setup?

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Do you want to try to improve the quality of the bitmap so that it's more readable, or to do optical character recognition to obtain text? – Gilles Apr 7 '14 at 22:17
@Gilles I'm no expert, but the second option seems better to me; note that with other readers/computers, the quality is much better. Whatever suggestion you have I'm open – jj_p Apr 8 '14 at 7:23

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