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Topic: Re: Reading PDF Text in Visual Basic
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 58360
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:31 PM

At 8:03 PM -0400 9/4/00, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>I want to read the text stream from a PDF file from Visual Basic.

Seems like a reasonable request...

>What I really want is a simple method of reading the text stream so
>I can locate specific words in the text.
>Previously, I have been using the demo version of pdw.exe from
>Glance, which gives the text stream.
>However, this has certain limitations, high on the list is the speed
>factor followed by the fact that it is a demo version and I can't
>afford to purchase the full version!

Two options for you...

1) If you don't mind using a command-line application, try pdftotext,
which is part of the XpdfTools package for Windows at
. Obviously you'll have to work out
licensing issues for redistribution.

2) Get yourself a copy of Ghostscript for Windows
(, which includes a command line
application for getting the text out of a PDF document. Again, you
may have to work out licensing issues.

2) Buy a copy of PDFToolkit from ActivePDF
(<>) which is a COM/ActiveX component for
working with PDF files.

Leonard Rosenthol
Sr. Software Engineer (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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