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1. Consuming PDF > 7. Copy Data from PDF Pages

Copy Data from PDF Pages

Extract data from PDF files and use it in your own documents or spreadsheets.

Copying data from one electronic document to paste into another should be painless and predictable, such as the process depicted in Figure 1-7. Trying to copy data from a PDF, however, can be frustrating. The solution for Acrobat 6 and Adobe Reader users (on Windows, anyway) comes from an unlikely source: Acrobat 5.

TAPS faithfully copying formatted text and tables using Acrobat or Reader
Figure 1-7. TAPS faithfully copying formatted text and tables using Acrobat or Reader

Acrobat 5 includes the excellent TAPS text/table selection plug-in. Acrobat 6 does not. Because Acrobat plug-ins are modular, you can copy the TAPS folder (named Table) from the Acrobat 5 plug_ins folder [Hack #4] and paste it into the Acrobat 6 plug_ins folder. Voilà! Don’t have Acrobat 5? The TAPS license permits liberal distribution, so visit http://www.pdfhacks.com/TAPS/ to view the license and download a copy. Don’t have Acrobat 6, either? Use Adobe Reader instead. TAPS works in both Acrobat and Reader. Who would have guessed?


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