After quite some Googling of "perl extract text from pdf" and a host of related permutations, I've concluded that good old pdftotext (part of XPDF) is the best way to go when all you want is a plain text string out of a PDF file. (Including a Perlmonks post by the author of perl module CAM saying so)
BUT - how, exactly, do I use it in my perl script?
That is, if I have foo.pdf in a directory on my server, and my own csript extract_text_from_pdf.pl in my cgi-bin, what is the correct syntax for
$content = some-pdftotext-command('foo.pdf');
Then, what I really want is just the first line of text - that is, the
+ title at the top of the page - but I'm guessing it's not going to co
+nveniently insert carriage returns that I can recognize - or will it?
So even better would be
@lines = = some-other-pdftotext-command('foo.pdf');
but let's not get unreasonable....
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