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Nov 25, 2008, 01:02 PM
I think this is the right forum for question.

Here's my current project . . .

I have 100+ PDFs that needs to be compiled onto a DVD. I'm hoping to create a search function to find specific articles based on keywords, titles, etc. In other words, I'm hoping for a web-like experience when one starts the DVD. Which software can do this sort of thing?


Nov 25, 2008, 01:16 PM
Something like this, but for a Mac: http://search-maker-pro.search-maker-pro.qarchive.org/

Nov 25, 2008, 02:05 PM
You should read this page over to understand why it's hard working with PDF files. (http://www.searchtools.com/info/pdf.html) Be sure to check out the links at the bottom for various software.

Here's a Google open source OCR piece of software (http://code.google.com/p/ocropus/) you may be able to utilize.

Here's another thread where someone asked the same question essentially. (http://forums.techguy.org/web-design-development/553338-php-script-search-pdf-files.html) One of the links provided and mention of some PHP libraries may be of help.

This looks to be an interesting site as well. (http://webglimpse.net/) It'll require a more technological mind though (than other solutions).

Nov 25, 2008, 02:24 PM
This is built into Acrobat. What you need to do is build a full-text index for the entire document base.

Searching this way (note that this is not the standard find but the Advanced search) will return a search-engine like page of results. You'll want to look under "Catalog" in the on-line help.

In Acrobat 9 this is under Advanced->Document Processing->Full text index with catalog. You may want to build a PDF as a "start page" for the whole system.

Nov 25, 2008, 02:30 PM
Thanks, rcurrie. I'll talk a look at Acrobat.