Exporting Tables from PDF files
Thread poster: Bharg Shah

Bharg Shah  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:54
French to English
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Nov 1, 2003

Hi all,

One of my clients has given me a bilingual glossary of about 400 pages as a PDF file. The terms are arranged in a table in 2 distinct columns. I was wondering if I could convert this into a 2-column Excel worksheet which I could then import into Multiterm. I tried saving the PDF file as RTF but it doesn't retain the table format and all terms are just listed one after the other. The PDF is editable text and not a scanned image so I guess there must be some way to extract the table. All help will be appreciated.


Natalie  Identity Verified
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English to Russian
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Try using good OCR software Nov 1, 2003

For example, FineReader Pro version 6 or higher. If your file is large, then divide it first into smaller parts using full version of Acrobat, otherwise opening file in FineReader would last for ages.

After having opened the file, recognize the text as usually and then choose "Send to Word". 99% of formatting will be saved.


Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
English to German
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Write a macro Nov 1, 2003

I would write a macro in Word-VBA or Perl.
First you could insert a sign like # after every second end-of-paragraph mark and then search and replace until you got a tab separated table.

400 pages might be too much for FineReader and even too much for Word. That's where Perl becomes interesting, it would do it within a few seconds.

[Edited at 2003-11-01 12:04]


Mónica Machado
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:24
English to Portuguese
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Fine Reader 7 could be useful Nov 1, 2003


Fine Reader 7 could be useful. You can download a trial version for 15 days (serch under Abby). If 400 pages is too much for it, split the document in two. Fine Reader 7 works ok with 270 pages (I have never tried more than that for each doc).

Hope this helps



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