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Re^2: XPDF pdftotext page loop

by DST609 (Novice)
on Oct 11, 2012 at 04:37 UTC ( #998359=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: XPDF pdftotext page loop
in thread XPDF pdftotext page loop

Sorry, this is my first post, perhaps I should clarify. There are no page numberstext on the page and I have already used pdfinfo to retrieve the # of pages and I know how to count lines and run the basic regex I need to pull out my data. What I really need to know is how to know where page 1 ends and page 2 starts using xpdf and pdftotext.

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Re^3: XPDF pdftotext page loop
by Kenosis (Priest) on Oct 11, 2012 at 06:07 UTC

    Since pdftotext defaults to inserting form feed characters between pages, you can examine each line for a form feed character as an indication of pagination:

    use strict; use warnings; my $i = 0; my $pageNum = 1; open my $fh, "pdftotext -layout multipage.pdf - |" or die $!; print "---------- Begin Page $pageNum ----------\n"; while ( my $line = <$fh> ) { if ( $line =~ /\xC/ ) { print "\n---------- End Page $pageNum ----------\n"; $pageNum++; print "---------- Begin Page $pageNum ----------\n"; } $i++; print "\n<div class=\"line\"><div>$i</div>$line</div>"; } close $fh;

    Another option which may serve you is using CAM::PDF:

    use strict; use warnings; use CAM::PDF; my $pdf = CAM::PDF->new('multipage.pdf'); for my $pageNumber ( 1 .. $pdf->numPages() ) { my $pageText = $pdf->getPageText($pageNumber); my @certainLines = ( split /\n/, $pageText )[ 9 .. 14 ]; print "---------- Lines 10 - 15 on Page $pageNumber ----------\n"; print +( join "\n", @certainLines ) . "\n"; print "---------- End Page $pageNumber ----------\n"; }

    The above shows how to grab a range of text lines from the converted pdf page. You may find, however, that pdftotext does a better rendering job.

    Hope this helps!

      That's great. you can't beat pdftotext for rendering the contents of the file being read but I appreciate the CAM::PDF example for a quick alternative that will work in some circumstances.

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