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asked 2018-02-19 23:31:12 +0200

PhilNolan3D gravatar image

I'm trying to edit my resume but the only copy I have is a PDF for some reason. So I loaded that into draw but every line is on object making it very difficult to edit. I tried copying some lines into Writer but they're still objects and I can't edit it at all. Can I convert them to normal text so I can edit them?

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answered 2018-02-20 20:40:01 +0200

Grantler gravatar image

I only can recommend some professional and non-free OCR programs like Abbyy Finereader or IRIS. Especially for "ripping" tables. The problem is, as mentioned before, that even a PDF editor like masterPDF can handle the text as lines but not as continuous.

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answered 2018-02-20 01:16:55 +0200

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Getting editable text back from pdf is not well supported by LibreOffice. You may use a pdf-editor, but I am not competent to recommend one.

However, I recently wrote some user code in BASIC the main parts of which are designed for different purposes. But with a little completion it can reconstruct the RAW text from shapes in a pdf.

The code sorts the text contents by the y-position of the shapes which should not be needed for your purposes. As it will also not spoil things, I didn't remove this part.

Thus you may play with the code contained in the attached demo.

The Sub you need to call is walkThroughSortWrite() in module DoIt.

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Strange thing is that I can edit the text, Just that it's grouped with this blue box around it. I try to ungroup but the option isn't available.

PhilNolan3D gravatar imagePhilNolan3D ( 2018-02-20 01:34:45 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-02-20 02:18:34 +0200

paul1149 gravatar image

updated 2018-02-20 02:20:48 +0200

I do quite a bit of this, and I find the best way is to Select All and Copy from within the pdf reader. Then paste-unformatted into Writer. Sometimes it helps to first paste into a text editor, to clear out non-ascii marks, and recopy. Also, some pdf readers are better than others for copying text. For instance, the one built into the Chromium browser family yields poor results.

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Well that does work, but of course I lost all the formatting and a lot of the text was placed in the wrong order. I copied from Acrobat Reader.

It seems to actually work better with formatting, I'll just have to spend some time rearranging the text. At least I kept the fonts though, thanks.

PhilNolan3D gravatar imagePhilNolan3D ( 2018-02-20 09:34:24 +0200 )edit
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