[Tutor] extracting informations (images and text) from a PDF andcreating a database from it

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Tue Dec 29 10:29:16 CET 2009

"Shashwat Anand" <anand.shashwat at gmail.com> wrote

>I need to make a database from some PDFs. I need to extract logos as well 
> the information (i.e. name,address) beneath the logo and fill it up in
> database. The logo can be text as well as picture as shown in two of the
> screenshots of one of the sample PDF file:
> http://imagebin.org/77378
> http://imagebin.org/77379

You could try PDFMiner to extract direct from the PDF using Python.

> Will converting to html  a good option? Later on I need to apply some 
> image
> processing too. What should be the ideal way towards it ?

Converting to html (assuming you have a tool to do that!) may be better
since there are a wider choice of tools and more experience to help you.
Or there are various commercial tools for converting PDF into Word etc.

I've never personally had to extract data from a PDF, I've always had 
to the source documents so I can't comment on how effective each approach

Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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