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Topic: Extract and Parse Text From PDF
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 72368
From: elizabethella
Date: 9/14/2002 12:39 AM

Hello,

I have been researching pdf tools for a couple of days and I have not found a good answer on how to handle this. Maybe you can help.

We are going to start receiving orders over email from one of our customers. We are looking for an easy way to automate this without having any human intervention. The order will be in pdf format. The document will have customer name and address, etc.

I have two issues:
1) I need an easy way to open a pdf document and retrieve all the text in it so I can parse out the information I need.
2) The problem is that the pdf is not created from a form or distilled. When you copy the text out of it and paste in to note pad the heading and data are separated. Example:

Instead of:
Customer Name:
Mr. Smith
Address:
1234 Main Street

It appears like this:
Customer Name
Address
Mr. Smith
1234 Main Street

Of course it is more complicated than this with more fields and sometimes there will be more than one customer name etc.

Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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