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Old 12-05-2005, 03:12 AM   #1
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Searching for text within pdfs - possible?


Hi I was wondering if it is possible to search for text withion pdf files? I could convert them to ascii text files and then use grep, but would rather a one-step method if possible. Any ideas?

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Old 12-05-2005, 04:30 AM   #2
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Most pdf readers have this per default. xpdf, kpdf and adobe reader atleast.
 
Old 12-05-2005, 05:02 AM   #3
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Yeah, in most it is ctrl+f.
 
Old 12-05-2005, 05:24 AM   #4
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Hi, sorry I should have made it clear in my post that I am looking for a way to search multiple pdfs for keywords. I didn't think that Acrobat Reader could do that?

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Old 12-05-2005, 05:43 AM   #5
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Adobe Reader 7 can search all pdfs in the same directory.

Some desktop search engine like beagle can also search for text within pdf files.

http://www.beagle-project.org/
 
Old 12-05-2005, 06:16 AM   #6
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Kat and beagle both convert the pdf:s to plaintext and index the plaintext.. So, if you realy want to make an automated searcher, then plaintext conversion is the way to go..
 
Old 12-05-2005, 09:41 AM   #7
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Hi,

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I have decided to give Beagle a go.

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