Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:28:55 -0400
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From: Nat Wooding <Nathaniel.Wooding@DOM.COM>
Subject: Re: GhostScript conversion of PDF
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I had a situation a few years ago in which I had to suck data from a lot of
PDFs but I was not concerned with the preservation of columns.
Unfortunately, all of that material is at home so I cannot check it from
More recently, I had to update the work and used a different PDF reader
(again, I will need to check at home) which I found though a web search.
The newer software would convert all of the PDFs in a folder in one pass
which made life a lot easier.
If no one gives you an answer this afternoon, I'll try to check tonight and
see what my files at home show.
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GhostScript conversion of PDF
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I have a number of PDF files of moderate size from a report. I create a
text file using the "Save as Text" in Adobe Reader. It did not preserve
columns. The unfortunate layout of one file is tabular, with three fields
per column. If a value is missing, after the conversion, I am stuck with a
shift, so that I do not know to what variable a value goes.
Would the use of PDF2ASCII in GhostScript preserve the columnar nature of
PS Adobe is lauded, but locking up data from computers seems to be very,
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