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Hi my name is dave Andrews today I'm going to show you how to copy text from an Adobe PDF document let's go to the computer and open up a PDF file I have here a file called portfolio not PDF this is my own professional portfolio and it has a lot of text in it by default when you open up Adobe it's going to have a tool selected that is the hand tool now the hand allows you to click and drag the mouse and that allows you to kind of scroll the window but what we're wanting to do is use the Select tool to grab some of this text and copy it so go up to the very top and under tools say select and zoom and just choose the select tool now as we move our mouse over the text it turns into the little cursor icon that we're used to seeing in a work in a regular word processing program just click somewhere grab that text and we're going to go to edit and say copy if I open up some sort of text editing program such as word I can then just like any other normal text that I would have copied simply right click and paste it's that easy to copy text out of an Adobe document my name is dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to copy text from an Adobe PDF.

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What is the quickest way to remove unnecessary new lines that come from copy/pasting text in PDF articles/websites?
New Answer copy the into vim then run themand %s And then you'll get clean . Old Answer Found a way! From PDF file copy nTo putting it in a reddit post box (then copy the live preview) n nTo pasting in Quora. Note all the unnecessary new lines in the first quote and how it's all fixed in the second quote!
How come when I copy text from a PDF file and paste it, the pasted text is different from what I copied?
In addition to William answer it can also be because of the format of the original document (prior to being converted to pdf) especially wherements and tables are concerned - in terms of layout and missing words etc. it can be very messy.
A simple copy and paste of text from a PDF yields a string that is exactly the same as the original. But extracting text from the PDF using a PHP PDF library (eg. smalot/pdfparser) yields dirty, even blank, data. What could be the reason?
Extracting out of PDF is much more difficult than most people would think and sometimes impossible short of matching the character curves to a known font. The typical cause is that the PDF was badly generated usually by inexperienced engineers or buggy software. Sometimes the cause is intentional perhaps to make theft of copyrighted content harder to do. In other cases the PDF standard is simply too limiting and it difficult or impossible to representplex languages such as Hindi Telugu. Those languages have incrediblyplex glyph substitution rules far beyond the capabilities of PDF. Note that fonts inside PDF files are intentionally crippled in an attempt to make theft hard or impossible. However this also prevents proper extraction sometimes. In many cases ActualText tagging is the only workaround. Since you mentioned that Adobe software can handle the it is simply because Adobe engineers know PDF more than anyone else and they have been doing this for well over a quarter of a century. Note that the PDF standard has some notable gaps behavior that isn clearly defined or at least very difficult to understand especially in the PDF 1.x standard. Acrobat doesn follow the PDF standard with 1% accuracy they make some unique exceptions so called implementation details. It almost impossible for 3rd party developers to make an implementation that is identical to Adobe own. While PDF is open standard Acrobat is a closed proprietary system. Acrobat alsoes with a huge set of character maps (PostScript CMap files). If your PDF doesn have the proper CMap stream then Acrobat simply turns into its own set of CMaps in order to translate character codes to proper Unicode. If your PHP software doesn have theplete CMap library you have no chance of looking up some exotic character encodings. Not to mention private encodings. 3rd party vendors may register special proprietary encodings by paying a fee to Adobe. As a result Adobe has a moreplete collection of private encodings than anyone else. Many of us have had to reverse engineer some private encodings in order to handle specific exotic PDF files. The two most likely causes of a 3rd party PDF library giving you garbage while Acrobat working fine are Your library is missing some of the more exotic CMap files. If you know PDF you know what Im talking about Adobe-Japan1-4 GB-EUC-H KSC-EUC-H UniJIS-UCS2-H etc. This is very easy to debug simply check the CMaps in the PDF and see if you are missing anything. Most of these CMaps are open and can be obtained freely. First I always simplify the sample PDF as much as possible by removing everything irrelevant. Ideally extract the problem page remove the other paragraphs remove all graphics until I only have a couple of characters necessary to reproduce the issue. This way I can use a debugger to pinpoint the location. Then I look inside the PDF structure in PDF CanOpener or other reverse engineering tool and try to understand the character codes and the mapping as if I was the software running. I try to see if Im getting the result that matches the PDF standard. Start debugging at the character codes inside the Tj operator (or TJ or or ) then inspect the font object see if it a simple font (Type1 TrueType Type3) or aplex CIDFont (Type font). Those behavepletely differently. Follow the Encoding Differences ToUnicode CIDToGIDMap and so on. Also if the font is the procedures arepletely different than when the font is not . Embedded fonts may or may not have a cmap (which is not the same as a PDF CMap). You just have to have a very clear understanding of PDF. Then I step inside the debugger and try to see what the internal variables contain and at some point I notice the difference between the expectation and the implementation. Then I go ahead and re-implement the failing piece. Finally you need to verify that your implementation is still working with hundreds of known samples that you collected in the past 2 years. If you don have a vast amount of samples to verify your code with you may as well buy a reputable library rather than fabricate your own. Prefer a library that offers paid support otherwise yourepletely on your own and youre not going to be able to learn 2 pages of PDF standard in a short amount of time.
Is there a way to copy text from a PDF to a Word file without the formatting getting all screwed up?
It really depends on how professional you wish to be. If this is just the odd page or two then apart from the suggestions below there isn much at the low-cost end of the market. However if you are doing this for a paid job and it is worth the extra then Abbyy Fine Reader will take any unprotected PDF and allow you to edit it in as well as export to a range of other options. No I am not an affiliate for this at the moment but just a user for the past 1 years or so. It is really for doing OCR (Scanning documents and turning into ) but the ability to import files and output into a range of other file formats is one of its things. Always be aware that when outputting into Word any programme which is translating formats is probably going to create a range of Styles. Depending on the original there may be many different styles created by this process so you will have work to do in tidying it up. NOTE If the Word Document is a fairly basic one (with less than say 1 styles) then it is better to create a new template. Set up those styles (possibly with associated macro keys to save time) then import the original as and format the paragraphs as you go or all in one job at the end of the import. Just remember that what might seem like the quickest option at the start may not be the best option for the whole job. This will be particularly if you need to do further editing and especially if there are sequentially numbered paragraphs. Word is not that happy changing numbered formats once they are set up!
How do I create an image file or well-designed PDF file featuring text that others can copy and paste?
You want a file that people can view and freely copy with a mouse or keyboard keystrokes? You can with a PDF file provided the is entered as and not an (PNG GIF JPG) the is not accessible with mouse or keystrokes. Go to any PDF file you see online and get from it with your mouse or keystrokes (details depending on your OS). If you are in apany you are likely to have a professional Adobe version with full PDF features including the ability to create and edit PDF files. I pulled up a PDF file on my desktop and I am able to copy with Windows 1 and free level Adobe. I copied to Excel and I get with no formatting. Try it with your desktop publisher. I am able to create PDF files free and easy with Windows 1 and Word 7.. I print file to PDF to get PDF file.