PDFZone - an app to extract data from PDF files (based on pre-defined areas)

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  1. yellow8, Apr 19, 2017
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    Hello,

    As the creator of the app, I'm proud to introduce PDFZone, a productivity app:

    The app itself

    PDFZone automatically extracts your PDF files' content to useful data (CSV file).
    Give PDFZone multiple PDFs of the same type, and it will smartly extract the data you need (from predefined areas) to a CSV file.

    PDFZone is not another OCR software, it analyzes OCR'd or electronically generated PDFs.

    An example of use: suppose you want to have the total amount of your telecom invoice for every month of the last ten years. Tell PDFZone once where is the total amount, then give all your invoices (PDF) to PDFZone. The app will find the total amount for every invoice, you can then extract the results to a CSV file and use the data in the software of your choice (Excel, accounting, ...). Easy!

    USAGE:
    1) Define WHAT to extract (ex: invoice number, date, total, stock value, taxes, ...)
    2) Define WHERE to extract: drop a PDF and select the area where to extract. Repeat this for as many model as you need.
    3) Extract from a massive number of PDFs
    4) Export the data to a CSV file, then import in the app of you choice (Excel, iCompta, accounting app...). Enjoy!

    SMART:
    - PDFZone adapts to variations due to scanned PDFs.
    - With the "Trusted Neighbour" functionality, you can also extract values that might not always be at the same position (ex: the total of an invoice which position is below the items, the number of which may vary).
    - Save your configuration for re-use.

    Download



    Technical stuff

    • Compatible with the Touch Bar (introduced with the new Macbook Pro's)
    • Compatible with El Capitan & later (Sierra, High Sierra, ...)
    • PDFZone is entirely developed with Swift

    Let me know what you think of it, and the improvements you would like to see in the future version.

    Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. yellow8 thread starter macrumors member

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    We are starting with the translation of the app into other languages (now it is English only). Into wich one would you like to see PDFZone translated?
     
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    PDFZone is out in version 1.1:

    - Various improvements (performance, algorithm, ...)
    - A French version is available

    There is a 50% discount on the app to celebrate this new release :) :apple:

    Link to PDFZone on the Mac App Store

    For those who wish to test the application for free, a LITE version is available :
    More info on the website pdfzoneapp.com
     
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    By the way, any comment on the Mac App Store would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Good news! :):apple:

    The future version of PDFZone will include a command-line interface (CLI) for those who want to use the app in a script!

    Do not hesitate to ask for another features, I would gladly add them to the app! ;)
     
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  8. yellow8, Dec 23, 2017
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    Good news !

    PDFZone 1.2 is available !

    New:
    - all export & copy options are now saved in the config such that you do not have to change them at each analysis

    Fixes:
    - Workaround for the macOS High Sierra bug where the selection was not properly highlighted in the Providers View
    - Rare bug where the column order at export was no properly remembered
    - Other minor corrections

    The update is for free and is available on the Mac App Store

    Link to PDFZone on the Mac App Store
    Link to PDFZone LITE (Free) on the Mac App Store
    PDFZone Website

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    Coming soon, for PDFZone

    - PDF files renaming based on extracted values --> very useful
    - Command-line interface for a nice integration in your flows
     
  9. yellow8 thread starter macrumors member

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    A quick post to inform you that PDFZone v2 is almost ready with very nice new features :). Stay tuned !
     
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    Will there be a 50% discount on the app to celebrate this new release?
     
  11. yellow8 thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately, I don't think so. There might even be a small increase in the price of the app to reflect the work provided for the new functionalities. :oops:
     
  12. yellow8 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm proud to announce the release of PDFZone 2.0. :)

    What's new ? :apple:
    • Automatically rename your PDF files based on their content
    • A Command-Line Interface (CLI) for integration with other software
    • Various improvement (algorithm, GUI, ...)

    Pricing
    • FREE update for existing users ;)
    • 20% discount - version 2.0 launch deal - for new users
    • And of course, you can still use the free version : PDFZone Lite

    Download


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  13. yellow8 thread starter macrumors member

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    The V2 has been a huge success since its launch ! :):apple:
    The -20% deal for the launch will end next week, make sure not to miss the opportunity !
     
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    A small update is available (for free, as always ;)) to "fix" a small issue with renaming when the extracted value contains slashes.
    The slash being the path separator, you cannot obviously rename (for example) .../yourfiles.pdf to .../2018/07/07_provider.pdf. :p:rolleyes:
    The update automatically replace the slashes by underscores.

    In the short future, the replacement character will be configurable.
     
  15. yellow8 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hello there,

    many of you downloaded PDFZone lately. Numbers are really good, thanks to all of you :).
    If I may, could I ask you to leave a nice comment on the App Store?

    Thanks ! :apple:
     

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