I do in-house graphic design for a retail store. We outsource the production of our short catalog-flyers, roughly ten facing pages and two covers. Among my duties is to maintain the ecommerce side of the retail store, from designing the marketing to implementing the code and data entry for the products.
We use the homepage to feature the sale, so on our "About the Sale" page we just put a pdf of our sale flyer. The pdf is fully flattened so no text is selectable, though it's chock full of product names, descriptions, advertised prices that correlate to the ecommerce, and images.
I could use this info. I believe search engines would read it (if I'm not mistaken) and provide more hits. It would give the savvy user the ability to do a text search if they need a particular item, or allow them to copy and paste. People filling out purchase orders within thier company might appreciate.
Almost every flyer or catalog I come across in PDF format has selectable text. I cannot think of one without it now but I assume I've come across some.
In talking with the company head myself, they insist that it is impossible for them to produce a pdf with selectable text because they "don't use in-design but rather photoshop and illustrator" (to paraphrase). In request for the working files, I was told they could not do that due to their graphic design guild's standards and would have to charge us 3x the price. In practice, I'm just trying to find out if the text layers are in illustrator or photoshop, and if they could simply export it and not flatten it.
What are your thoughts on the company's reaction to my request for text-selectable layers? Am I barking up the wrong tree to want this to have selectable text? Would it really provide a noticible benefit to anyone but me? What kind of price difference would make sense to have a text-selectable document or are they providing a service that is not up to par with their industry?