Automator Problem (extracting txt from pdf)

January 21, 2011 at 20:21:33
Specs: Macintosh

I am attempting to use the program Automator to take the PDF files I have and extract the text from it.

I have gone through selecting a custom project>'get selected finder items'>'extract PDF text'

- 'output'= 'rich text

Then, I had saved it as an application under an easy to remember name while telling the program to save the new files onto my desktop.

My problem is this: the new output rich text document is always empty. I have tried this several times with no luck.

Can anyone help?

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January 26, 2011 at 14:00:10
If the PDF is a image only file it will find NO text. As an example if you scan an image into your computer and print it to PDF the file is strictly an image and doesn't really contain text even though it may be a document. You have to use something that has OCR software in it or you have generated the PDF from a text formatted document.

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