Extracting text from PDF

Jim Ault JimAultWins at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 23 05:12:04 EST 2008

You might want to look at Kenny Ray Vaughn's site at sonsOthunder.com for
his scripting solutions for both Win and Mac.  This will add to your power
and show the way to build cross-platform handlers.

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 2/23/08 1:48 AM, "Kay C Lan" <lan.kc.macmail at gmail.com> wrote:

> Stop the Presses!!!!
> I'm over the moon, I can't believe I missed this before, I can't believe how
> many circles I've run, but I thought I'd have another go at trying to
> eliminating the step of creating an extra document, I want AppleScript to
> talk directly to Rev, and I'VE FOUND IT :-)
> Read the Doc's, Read the Doc's, Read the Doc's. As bad as we complain they
> are, there is still so much in there if only I took in what I read;-)
> Here's what the Doc's say about the 'do' command:
> If you use the do as OSALanguageName form, any result returned by the script
> language is placed in the result.
> ANY result from AppleScript will be placed in Rev's 'the result'
> I look at AppleScript's 'Event Log' window all the time to check the
> 'Result' of each major step. The first step of my script is to put the text
> of the document into a variable. is that a result?. So, out of interest I
> removed all the following steps so the only step of the script was to place
> the text into an AppleScript variable.
> Then in Rev I simply ' put the result into myVariable'. And there it was,
> all the text. It's that easy!!! The only minor minor problem is that in
> comes in AppleScript format, which means there are quotes around the
> content, but a quick 'put char 2 to -2' will eliminate those.
> So in Rev:
> use the launch command to force a pdf to open with TextEdit
> use do to run this AppleScript:
> tell application "TextEdit"
>     set tText to the text of document 1
> end tell
> put the result into myVariable --is now full of your pdf's text :-))))
> put char 2 to -2 of myVariable into myVariable --remove quotes
> you'll probably want to do another 'do' to run this AppleScript to close the
> document
> tell application "TextEdit"
>     close document 1
>     --or if your finished with TextEdit
>     quit
>     --you will be prompted to save if there are any unsaved docs
> end tell
> Now to go and celebrate with some really loud Stevie Ray Vaughn...The house
> is a rockin' so don't bother knockin'
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