[ubuntu-us-nc] PDF conversion
T. R. Mirchandani
tmirchandani at presensit.com
Tue Jun 22 16:37:41 BST 2010
Yep they are indeed part of the default install of Lurid Lynx.
On Tue, 2010-06-22 at 10:33 -0500, Dewey Hylton wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff Lane" <jeffrey.lane at canonical.com>
> To: "Ubuntu North Carolina Local Community Team" <ubuntu-us-nc at lists.ubuntu.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:06:36 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: Re: [ubuntu-us-nc] PDF conversion
> On Tue, 2010-06-22 at 00:05 -0400, J Mark Cox wrote:
> > On Mon, 2010-06-21 at 19:42 -0400, Jeff Lane wrote:
> > > Instead of all these fancy pointy-clickey ways, try on one of the tools
> > > from poppler-utils (should be installed by default in 10.04, or at least
> > > I don't remember ever installing them).
> > >
> > > For example:
> > >
> > > pdftotext - converts pdf files to text files
> > > pdftohtml - converts pdf files to HTML files
> > > pdftops - converts pdf to PostScript
> > > pdftoabw - converts pdf to AbiWord format
> > >
> > > http://poppler.freedesktop.org/
> > >
> > > And it's all shell, so you can script it to run against all the PDFs you
> > > have...
> > >
> > >
> > Awesome! Now I have to go edit those tax form pdf files I have been
> > wanting to "slightly" modify. Oh my, coffee...
> > Make checks payable to:
> > Send checks to:
> > Just kidding, but looks like some intriguing possibilities none the
> > less.
> Yeah, they are neat little tools. I've had them for a while and use
> them on occasion, but I don't know if they're part of the default Lucid
> install or not. I always thought they were part of Xpdf, until the
> other day, to be honest :) I never installed poppler myself, so I am
> left to guess that it was either a default package, or was a dependency
> of something else I installed.
> In any case, they work pretty well, though not always. Apparently there
> are some PDFs that have mangled data or werid fonts or characters that
> don't always get converted properly, so it's still a good idea to
> actually look over the converted files before pushing them anywhere
> important... just like when using OCR...
> some pdfs are just glorified bitmap images; those of course wouldn't transform very easily into usable text.
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