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PDF Printer / Writer for text pdf

Postby Pistia on Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:30 pm

I need a PDF Printer (or Writer) that make text pdfs. I have made a wide research, but I could not find one for linux. Cups-pdf creates an image pdf that is not searchable. Any suggestion? Thanks! :)
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Re: PDF Printer / Writer for text pdf

Postby alexanderb0w on Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:11 am

You need to simply make a text document into pdf correct? no PDF->PDF editing?
. . Does Libre Office Writer not suit your fancy?
. . Type it up, File->Export as PDF..., tweaky tweaky, Export, done.

Ive noticed that Adobe enjoys having PDF control. Once a PDF is made it's difficult to play with unless you have their editing products. Although, I hope you or someone else can please prove that statement wrong someday.
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Re: PDF Printer / Writer for text pdf

Postby Pistia on Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:36 am

alexanderb0w wrote:You need to simply make a text document into pdf correct? no PDF->PDF editing?
. . Does Libre Office Writer not suit your fancy?
. . Type it up, File->Export as PDF..., tweaky tweaky, Export, done.


Alexander, your suggestion is ok for Libre Office, Firefox, Chrome, since they are built in with a pdf printer / writer that save text-pdfs. But when I am using other programs that don't have a built in pdf writer, I need to use Cups-pdf to create a virtual printer to print their outputs. However, Cups-pdf produces an image-pdf that is not searchable, you can´t easily highlight or extract the text, and so on... That is why I am searching for a virtual printer that makes text-pdfs from the program outputs. :|
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Re: PDF Printer / Writer for text pdf

Postby DrHu on Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:32 pm

http://lifehacker.com/5875879/the-best- ... -for-linux
    View a number of different document formats, including PDFs, EPUB ebooks, CBR and CBZ comic books, DjVu, images, and more
    Annotate and mark up PDF files with comments, highlights, shapes, stamps, and more
    Extract text from a PDF to a text file
    Set bookmarks for later viewing
    Trim white page borders

Fro what I read you saying, that seems to do the job
--I a sure there are others available..

OK, I reread it, and find other options that may be more releated to your post (get text from a PDF file, the program outputs is throwing me, since with programming options you can script out anything you wanted to..)
http://blog.philippheckel.com/2009/08/09/extract
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pdftotext
http://www.ihaveapc.com/2012/09/quickly ... intubuntu/
--application(s) for that purpose grab text from PDF file..
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Re: PDF Printer / Writer for text pdf

Postby alexanderb0w on Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:29 pm

Pistia,
. . You're right, that is a bummer. What word program are you dealing with? If it is a word document I would be extremely surprised that you couldn't save it in a .doc format, then export it from Libre to a .pdf. It sounds like you're working with scanned/extracted images, not word documents.
. . If it is an image (like scanning in text books etc) its a whole'nother story. DrHu has it right and you need a program with OCR. I haven't found a Linux program that is as friendly as Acrobat XI or whatever Nuance's version is (sad to say since I hate both). If this program of yours truly can only save files as .pdf, then a little bit of Mexican VirtualBox magic ("Adobe," get it--ha!) is a luxury to have.

Please post your results if you ever find something that you can input an image .pdf & have an OCR .pdf pop out
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