I am trying to remove these selectable fields from this PDF. The goal is to remove them and then run them through an OCR so that I make a searchable PDF. I have managed to make the PDF searchable already, but then I get horizontal lines that came there because of these selectable fields in the original PDF. Does someone know how to remove these fields?
I have tried flattening the PDF online, it didn't remove these fields.
I tried to convert the PDF to Djvu, and then back to PDF. It did get rid of the selectable fields, but the PDF file size became 10 times larger and I couldn't use the online OCR anymore. I tried to compress that PDF but the quality was drastically reduced.