Looking for an app that will grab information from a PDF

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by reden, May 10, 2008.

  1. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006

    I have a PDF file with about 100 phone numbers. Do you guys know if there's an app out there that can grab all these phone numbers and strip them from the file, and put them in a new regular text file so I don't have to do them 1 by 1? Thanks guys.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    It depends on how the PDF was created. If it was generated from a text file, you should be able to just use the Text tool in Preview, highlighting the text you want and copying/pasting it.

    This doesn't always work though. Some PDFs are copy-protected, so you'll have difficulty copying text out of them unless you have the password to unlocked them. Also, a PDF could simply be a scanned document; if no optical character recognition software (OCR) was used in the scanning process, you won't be able to copy text out of it without running it through good OCR software yourself first.

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