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Topic: Re: Reading text from custom encoded PDF with embedded
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 58361
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:31 PM

At 12:58 AM 5/2/2001 -0400, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>I am now looking for an RedHat LINUX application that converts the PDF
>file to HTML/Text for data searching purpose. I've tried the freeware,
>xpdf - pdf2txt, that contributes by Derek B. Noonburg before, but it
>doesn't support PDF files contain fonts whose encodings have been mangled
>beyond recognition.

If the encodings "have been mangled beyond recognition", you won't
find ANYTHING that will be able to convert the text back. Xpdf is one of
the best text extractors out there and it goes to a lot of trouble to
figure out how to reconstruct text & convert encodings - but there is just
so much that can be done.

>I would like to know is there any utility or API that runs under RedHat
>LINUX 6.5 or higher to convert custom encoded PDF file (Traditional
>Chinese) with embedded-charset to BIG5 encoded text file ?

Did you recompile Xpdf with Chinese Support enabled? It doesn't
come that way by default, but can be enabled and will (if possible) do the
appropriate conversions.


Leonard Rosenthol
Director of Software Development (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Appligent, Inc. (formerly Digital Applications) (610) 284-4233 (fax)

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