Reading PDF - a cry for help

Warren Samples warren at warrensweb.us
Thu Sep 29 12:48:25 CDT 2011


On 09/29/2011 12:27 PM, stephen barncard wrote:
> I just created a PDF with two lines of text and a 16x16 graphic and
> following text. A very basic test pattern.   Then I opened up the document
> in BBEdit.
>
> Yikes!   A huge amount of data is there - some binary and some plain text
> for such simple data. A minefield of fun and a big project to work with.
>
> Here's the specs ( a large PDF document) right from the source.     PDF
> SPECS DOCUMENT<http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/pdf/PDFReference.pdf>
>
> Good luck.


But it should certainly be doable. In fact, File Juicer does it. It's 
Mac software, but it is an example of exactly what is being discussed. 
It might be a lot of work, but clearly it's not a hopeless task :)

Best,

Warren



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