Reading PDF - a cry for help
livfoss at mac.com
Sat Oct 1 08:22:52 EDT 2011
On 30 Sep 2011, at 19:08:31 +0100, Bernard Devlin <bdrunrev at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a couple of suggestions (although I am not sure either will
> work as smoothly as Graham wants, but my still be worth a try).
> 1. display the pdf in a browser control, snapshot the window, present
> the snapshot to the user to crop to just the image.
> 2. assuming that there is a linux solution (I've used pdf2txt or some
> such on Linux to extract the text out of 1000 page pdf files), create
> your own webservice that will accept a PDF file and a page number, and
> it returns an image of the page to be cropped by the user. I have
> created such a web service before which took files in various "office"
> formats and returned the data from the files (using OpenOffice running
> headless on the linux server to extract the text). Whilst such a
> service might seem like a lot of work to setup, it is going to be
> easier than writing an external or (I would imagine) parsing
> PostScript (although I do have the PostScript manuals and
> specification lying around here somewhere in PDF format). You can get
> your own VPS at Linode for approx $20 a month.
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