Importing "Plaintext" from PDF

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg113466] Importing "Plaintext" from PDF*From*: Mark Coleman <markspcoleman at gmail.com>*Date*: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 04:36:06 -0400 (EDT)

Hi, I'm attempting to use Mathematica (v7.01) to Import the text from a PDF file. If I simply Import[] the file, it returns a list of graphics objects representing each page of the file. If I use use "Plaintext" option of Import[], it returns an empty list. My source pdf files were obtained from Google's Patent Search function. Just wondering if I there is some option I am missing or if Mathematica cannot Import text from pdf files. Thanks, Mark