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Re: Importing "Plaintext" from PDF

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  • Subject: [mg113490] Re: Importing "Plaintext" from PDF
  • From: James Stein <mathgroup at>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 02:07:06 -0500 (EST)

One possibility is to open the PDF file in Adobe Reader and then save it to
a TXT file via the "Save as Text..." command. Then let Mathematica import
the TXT file.

On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 1:36 AM, Mark Coleman <markspcoleman at>wrote:

> 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

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