Thursday, 17 October 2013

Extracting Text from Secure PDFs

If you have ever wanted to edit a pdf that was inadvertently locked by another employee, or copy a quote - or a bibliography - from a pdf that is protected, you will have found that the copy function has been disabled. You can't copy, so have to rekey the quote, word for word.

However, there is a much easier way.

Got to http://www.extractpdf.com/ and click on the browse button to upload your pdf file. Click the "Send File" button.

Once your file has been processed, click on either the images or text tabs to download whichever parts of the file you wanted access to.

The text is plain text only, and is processed in a chunk of text per page. It is not pretty, but it is searchable, and you can then edit your file, copy your quote or copy the relevant bibliographical items easily.

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