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How to Read PDF file in Matlab?

Asked by azizullah khan on 16 Aug 2014
Latest activity Edited by Walter Roberson
on 4 Nov 2017
I want to read pdf file and make some changes in it and then save them in excel.... I have tried my best but fail every time....Need your help....Any effort will be greatly appreciated..Thanks in advance.....

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Geoff Hayes
on 27 Aug 2014
Unfortunately, this is not something that I have considered and so am not aware of any other means of reading the pdf into MATLAB. You could always try the pdftotext program.
Naftali
on 15 Jun 2016
I am no expert but could not find a way to read a pdf file to Matlab. People talk here a bout text, but pdf is usually a series of pics. I go to professional adobe reader and export the pages of the pdf document either by file/save as or by Advanced/Export. This produces a png or jpeg file for each page of the document. From there it is easy in Matlab - loop over the pages with the imread function.
pdf is effectively a programming language; you need to execute the commands in order to determine what the output is.

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Answer by Christopher Creutzig on 16 Oct 2017
Edited by Walter Roberson
on 4 Nov 2017

Just for the record, Text Analytics Toolbox (new in R2017b) includes a function extractFileText that will extract text data from PDF (or MS Word) files.

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