Reading PDF - a cry for help

Graham Samuel livfoss at
Sat Oct 1 08:11:57 EDT 2011

Thanks Roger, that's really interesting. As I can't operate under a GNU license, I believe I would have to pay Artifex to use Ghostscript or MuPDF (which is probably good enough for my rather modest functional requirement). I have emailed Artifex about their licensing terms and I imagine they'll reply next week. If as I fear they want a per-copy fee, I couldn't live with that since my app is very price sensitive (UK schools don't have much money). We'll see.


On 30 Sep 2011, Roger Eller <roger.e.eller at> wrote:
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> On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM, Graham Samuel wrote:
>> Thanks to all who replied. As the one who started this thread, I'd like to
>> say that I pretty much despair of finding a solution. The current position
>> seems to me admirably summarised by Paul Dupuis (see below). Suggestions
>> that I use a command-line utility seem to me to come down to using
>> ImageMagick since I have not found any other solution that has the right
>> functionality and licensing terms........
>> Graham
> I posted this little GhostScript function to go from PDF to JPEG in January
> of 2011 in a similar thread.  It is command-line based, but the overhead is
> less than that of Image Magic, I think.
> ~Roger

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