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  • Question

  • Using a scaner to scan documents and save as PDF, the resulting PDFs are corrupt. The PDF file can be opened by Acrobat but cannot be saved (Save As) unless one first 'optimizes' the PDF. The exact error message is 'The document could not be saved. There was a problem reading this document (8).'Holding down ctrl when accepting the error shows additional detail:' stream source is shorter than specified length.
    Friday, July 11, 2014 7:41 PM

Answers

  • Hey friend, 

    Did you take back up of original PDF document? If you have the back up copy, then you can easily restore your corrupted PDF file. If not, then a good solution is required to recover data from this file. I was having the same problem with my PDF document, I searched fro the solution over the internet and luckily I got one. I would like to share it with you - PDF Repair Kit 

    http://www.adobepdf.repair/ 

    This post helped me to fix my damaged PDF file and I am sure you will also find it helpful. 

    Thanks.
    • Marked as answer by alwincranz Monday, July 14, 2014 12:55 PM
    Sunday, July 13, 2014 10:59 AM

All replies

  • Hey friend, 

    Did you take back up of original PDF document? If you have the back up copy, then you can easily restore your corrupted PDF file. If not, then a good solution is required to recover data from this file. I was having the same problem with my PDF document, I searched fro the solution over the internet and luckily I got one. I would like to share it with you - PDF Repair Kit 

    http://www.adobepdf.repair/ 

    This post helped me to fix my damaged PDF file and I am sure you will also find it helpful. 

    Thanks.
    • Marked as answer by alwincranz Monday, July 14, 2014 12:55 PM
    Sunday, July 13, 2014 10:59 AM
  • Hi,

    The error 8 is a totally generic message, it simply means there is something corrupted in the PDF file's data. First check if you have any backups of this PDF or the original documents.

    You might also want to update your Acrobat installation to the latest version, and try again.

    Since this is not directly related to Microsoft Office, I would suggest you to post in Adobe Comminities where I think you will get more experienced responses: https://forums.adobe.com/community/acrobat

    Thanks,

    Ethan Hua CHN
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by Stefan BlomMVP Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:18 PM
    Monday, July 14, 2014 4:23 AM
  • Easily repair corrupt or damaged PDF file with the help of Kernel for PDF repair tool. The software never harm internal data during PDF repair process. For more information visit here:  http://www.pdffilerecovery.com

    Friday, February 26, 2016 5:29 AM
  • To fix the issue,  simply choose the File > Print and choose the 'Abobe PDF' option.  it creates a brand new uncorrupted file that you can save no problems.
    Friday, March 23, 2018 4:36 AM
  • Hi Roger.

    If you want to save PDF file on local drive of your machine. Then "Save" option would be activated only if you made some changes to opened document. You can always use "Ctrl+Shift+S" to launch the save as dialog.

    If "The document could not be saved" is still encountered, then you need to recover the PDF file. To do so, you need to go through the article - How to Fix Damaged PDF file?

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:31 AM