I want PDF to text

Asked by Pepe on 2010-10-09

I am able to use Document viewer to copy straight columns that I can highlight. However some two column will only highlight the entire page with the results of having each column line alternating. If I can highlight only one column, I can transfer to gedit and from there it is easy. Thanks, I am almost there.

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Please try to install xpdf-utils and after you can use the pdftotext terminal command

Whit this options:

pdftotext version 0.14.3
Copyright 2005-2010 The Poppler Developers - http://poppler.freedesktop.org
Copyright 1996-2004 Glyph & Cog, LLC
Usage: pdftotext [options] <PDF-file> [<text-file>]
  -f <int> : first page to convert
  -l <int> : last page to convert
  -r <fp> : resolution, in DPI (default is 72)
  -x <int> : x-coordinate of the crop area top left corner
  -y <int> : y-coordinate of the crop area top left corner
  -W <int> : width of crop area in pixels (default is 0)
  -H <int> : height of crop area in pixels (default is 0)
  -layout : maintain original physical layout
  -raw : keep strings in content stream order
  -htmlmeta : generate a simple HTML file, including the meta information
  -enc <string> : output text encoding name
  -listenc : list available encodings
  -eol <string> : output end-of-line convention (unix, dos, or mac)
  -nopgbrk : don't insert page breaks between pages
  -opw <string> : owner password (for encrypted files)
  -upw <string> : user password (for encrypted files)
  -q : don't print any messages or errors
  -v : print copyright and version info
  -h : print usage information
  -help : print usage information
  --help : print usage information
  -? : print usage information

i'm pretty sure you can use other Linux utility to achieve same or similar result...

Pepe (nikaawa-hawaiiantel) said : #2

I eagarly await these pearl of wisdom. Unfortunately the magic word is "terminal" And regrettably ii tis terminal. Sorry
I can only use GUI, and I have been informed that Linux will in 2030 have GUI in all their application just likie Windows, and Apple. Until then I have to do the best I can. Thanks
Joseph Martel (pepe)

Ok i spent some more of my spare time to search other app for Ubuntu


By the way you are free to not use Ubuntu...

JonyGreen (jonygreen) said : #4

you can try this free online pdf to text converter(http://www.online-code.net/pdf-to-word.html) to convert pdf to plain text file online.

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