Read text from a PDF document

version 1.0.0.0 (1.03 MB) by Derek Wood
Read the text from a simple PDF document into MATLAB as a string

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Updated 3 Jul 2017

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% PDFREAD reads a PDF file using the iText java library.
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% INPUT:
% PDF_LOCATION:
% String specifying the location of the PDF.
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% OUTPUT:
% PDFTEXT:
% Cell array, each cell corresponds to each page of the parsed PDF
% file. Images are not extracted, only text.
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% D. Wood, 7/3/2017
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NOTES:
This software uses the open-source iText library.
The source .jar is included in the zip file, but more information can be found here:
https://github.com/ymasory/iText-4.2.0
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Before the included pdfRead() function can be executed, simply run this command once:
javaaddpath('iText-4.2.0-com.itextpdf.jar')
The command can be run via console or script, but only needs to be done once.
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This method is relatively robust, however it will not always return all the text in the document if the PDF has an unusual or complicated formatting (i.e. multiple non-fixed-width columns or excessive image captions).

Cite As

Derek Wood (2022). Read text from a PDF document (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/63615-read-text-from-a-pdf-document), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2014b
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