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    Get text from a pdf?

    Is there a way to copy text from a pdf file and paste it into a text file? I have been looking on the Net, but haven't found anything that is working. The file has the pages in landscape with 2 columns. I would like to copy it to make 1 column portrait, and adjust the text size; it is too small.

    I can copy with acroread and paste into libreoffice, but it is still an image and can't edit.
    I also tried pdftotext, but it only gave one line from a 16 page file that looked like code.

    Last edited by JoeS; 04-11-2015 at 03:10 AM.

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Some pdf files are creates as images, such as when they are a scanned image. It is difficult to extract the text from these without an optical character reader (OCR) program. Others are just text, and you can mark and copy/paste in Adobe Reader or the standard Linux PDF viewers.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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