I am hoping to find a program that I can use to select parts of text in a pdf document and export those into columns of an excel document.
It is quite easy to copy and paste the data I want from the pdf documents into the excel doc, but I have 1000+ pdfs to go through for a research project, so it would be helpful if there was a program that could speed this process up or allow batch converts.
I've tried Able2Extract, report miner and a-pdf but they don't seem to be able to do exactly what I want. The text in the pdf doc is not in tables, and it would be best to be able to just select or highlight phrases and then copy them into the columns of an excel doc
You could create an action from Action Wizard and that would let you copy and paste text from PDF to excel.
Please go to Acrobat >Tools>Action Wizard >Manage Actions and from there you could proceed from there.
Let us know if that helps.
Do you expect this script to identify and extract the text for you, or just the latter (ie, you'll highlight it yourself and the script will pick it up and export it)?
If the former then it's a much much more complex task.
Oh no just the latter, for me to highlight the text