Simple ways to extract Tabular Content from PDFs

Simple Ways to Extract Tabular Content from PDFs

Whether you are a digital marketing firm or a garment wholesaler, setting your digital base and keeping your books digitalized has become imperative. Several sectors today function on digital documents only. Amongst all the digital copies, the most common type is PDF. Due to its strict security standards, it becomes difficult for companies to procure selected data from the documents.

Companies find it difficult to search within documents, analyze trends based on the data saved within the PDF documents, and bulk paper processing. .NET experts at DEV IT have come with efficient solutions to all your above problems. Read this article to know more.

How to extract several tables of content from PDF?

To extract tabular data from PDFs, you may leverage the following libraries:

  1. ITextsharp: Open-source library available to extract text and font style of the content.
  2. HtmlAgilityPack: Open-source library available to process HTML nodes/Tags.

Steps to extract TOC:

  1. Extract HTML from the PDF using ITextSharp:
    • Use TextWithFontExtractionStategy class to get the font style and size information of the text from the PDF. TextWithFontExtractionStategy Class is given as a reference at the end of the blog.
    • Prepare custom HTML for PDF and add page number for each page.
    • Method: Refer GetPdfHTMLWithPageNo(string pdfPath)
    • The above method will return the HTML from the PDF with font style and size.

2. Extract all the headers highlighted in bold using HtmlAgilityPack

HtmlAgilityPack.HtmlDocument doc = new HtmlAgilityPack.HtmlDocument();

  • Use the HtmlAgilityPack and load your HTML using the class mentioned below.
  • Loop through each page and node to get the content highlighted in bold. Refer GetPageWiseHaderList(Stream HTMLPath)
  • Or to extract the content that has a greater font size compared to regular content you may follow the above the step.

Using the above steps, you can get the header contents from the PDF. You can also auto-tag, bookmark important keywords or content using the same TOC.

Extracting data from PDFs is easy yet technical. If you are someone who requires external help to fetch the necessary data from your digital documents, get in touch with a DEV IT expert here.

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Yatin Parmar

Yatin Parmar works as a .NET Team Lead at DEV IT. With several years of experience in the industry, Yatin likes project management. He likes to manage people, priorities and risks, and is truly dedicated to be at the top of his game always. In his leisure time, Yatin is a cricket enthusiast. Nonetheless, he is a people’s person too.

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