Extracting text from PDF

-= JB =- sundown at pacifier.com
Thu Feb 28 16:04:51 CST 2008


And to further continue the discussion I would like to
point out I am unable to use the PDFServices on my
computer for some strange reason.

I contacted DEVONtechnologies Support and below
was the help I received.  Anyone know how to make
it work and what I might be doing wrong if anything
at all.

thanks,
-=>JB<=-



Hi, John:

Works for me. I'm running a ModBook (Intel) under Leopard 10.5.2.  
TextEdit can open a PDF file that contains text and display the text  
content.

After installing Services you likely need to logout/login or restart  
to initialize them.

Note that if you have installed Unsanity's Application Enhancer, and  
especially their ShapeShifter hack, you may experience all kinds of  
problems, especially with PDFs.

Regards,
Bill DeVille
DEVONtechnologies Support
support at devon-technologies.com



On Feb 28, 2008, at 1:34 AM, -= JB =- wrote:


> I downloaded your PDFServices library and was not
> able to get it to work properly.
>
> I did not have a folder named "Services" in my library
> folder so I created one put the PDF Serivices file in it.
>
> Then I shut down my computer and restarted it.  Using
> TextEdit I tried to open your PDF documentation file &
> I couldn't open it.
>
> I am using a PowerMac G4 AGP and OS X 10.4.11.
>
> Any help would be appreciated.
>
> thanks,
> John Balgenorth
>

On Feb 28, 2008, at 7:34 AM, Thomas McGrath III wrote:

> Late to this discussion:
>
> I just remembered that if the PDF is located on the internet that  
> GOOGLE will translate the PDF to HTML. Google states that they  
> automatically generate html versions of ALL documents as they crawl  
> the web.
>
> <quote>
> This is the html version of the file http://www.pewinternet.org/ 
> pdfs/PIP%20Bloggers%20Report%20July%2019%202006.pdf.
> G o o g l e automatically generates html versions of documents as  
> we crawl the web.
>
> To link to or bookmark this page, use the following url: http:// 
> www.google.com/search?q=cache:FRJaOWTjwwgJ:www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/ 
> PIP%2520Bloggers%2520Report%2520July%252019%25202006.pdf 
> +pdf&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&client=safari
> </quote>
>
> To script this in REV might  be hard only because there is no set  
> rule to the address of the converted version from the original  
> version. However this might be somewhat useful in dealing with the  
> PDF revBrowser issue in that a version can be displayed in HTML for  
> most online documents.
>
>
> Tom
>
>
> On Feb 27, 2008, at 5:56 AM, Kay C Lan wrote:
>
>> On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 7:43 AM, J. Landman Gay
>>
>> Do you have the PDF2RTF service installed? It's required. It's  
>> working
>>> for me in Tiger.
>>>
>>
>> Thanks so much Jacque for stepping in; sorry I left some in the  
>> lurch but I
>> had to turn up to my real job and then due to unforeseen  
>> circumstances ended
>> gone much longer than expected :-(
>>
>> Yes, in a previous post I gave the URL to Devon Technolgies:
>>
>> http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/services.html
>>
>> to pick up PDF2RTFService which is good for 10.4.x and later.
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