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NAME

       pdftotext - Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter (version
       3.03)


SYNOPSIS

       pdftotext [options] [PDF-file [text-file]]


DESCRIPTION

       Pdftotext converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text.

       Pdftotext reads the PDF file, PDF-file, and writes a text file,
       text-file.  If text-file is not specified, pdftotext converts file.pdf to
       file.txt.  If text-file is '-', the text is sent to stdout.  If PDF-file
       is '-', it reads the PDF file from stdin.


OPTIONS

       -f number
              Specifies the first page to convert.

       -l number
              Specifies the last page to convert.

       -r number
              Specifies the resolution, in DPI.  The default is 72 DPI.

       -x number
              Specifies the x-coordinate of the crop area top left corner

       -y number
              Specifies the y-coordinate of the crop area top left corner

       -W number
              Specifies the width of crop area in pixels (default is 0)

       -H number
              Specifies the height of crop area in pixels (default is 0)

       -layout
              Maintain (as best as possible) the original physical layout of the
              text.  The default is to 'undo' physical layout (columns,
              hyphenation, etc.) and output the text in reading order.

       -fixed number
              Assume fixed-pitch (or tabular) text, with the specified character
              width (in points).  This forces physical layout mode.

       -raw   Keep the text in content stream order.  This is a hack which often
              "undoes" column formatting, etc.  Use of raw mode is no longer
              recommended.

       -nodiag
              Discard diagonal text (i.e., text that is not close to one of the
              0, 90, 180, or 270 degree axes). This is useful for skipping
              watermarks drawn on body text.

       -htmlmeta
              Generate a simple HTML file, including the meta information.  This
              simply wraps the text in <pre> and </pre> and prepends the meta
              headers.

       -bbox  Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for
              each word in the file.

       -bbox-layout
              Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for
              each block, line, and word in the file.

       -tsv   Generate a TSV file containing the bounding box information for
              each block, line, and word in the file.

       -cropbox
              Use the crop box rather than the media box with -bbox and -bbox-
              layout.

       -colspacing number
              Specifies how much spacing we allow after a word before
              considering adjacent text to be a new column, measured as a
              fraction of the font size. Current default is 0.7, old releases
              had a 0.3 default.

       -enc encoding-name
              Sets the encoding to use for text output. This defaults to
              "UTF-8".

       -listenc
              Lists the available encodings

       -eol unix | dos | mac
              Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.

       -nopgbrk
              Don't insert page breaks (form feed characters) between pages.

       -opw password
              Specify the owner password for the PDF file.  Providing this will
              bypass all security restrictions.

       -upw password
              Specify the user password for the PDF file.

       -q     Don't print any messages or errors.

       -v     Print copyright and version information.

       -h     Print usage information.  (-help and --help are equivalent.)


BUGS

       Some PDF files contain fonts whose encodings have been mangled beyond
       recognition.  There is no way (short of OCR) to extract text from these
       files.


EXIT CODES

       The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

       0      No error.

       1      Error opening a PDF file.

       2      Error opening an output file.

       3      Error related to PDF permissions.

       99     Other error.


AUTHOR

       The pdftotext software and documentation are copyright 1996-2011 Glyph &
       Cog, LLC.


SEE ALSO

       pdfdetach(1), pdffonts(1), pdfimages(1), pdfinfo(1), pdftocairo(1),
       pdftohtml(1), pdftoppm(1), pdftops(1), pdfseparate(1), pdfsig(1),
       pdfunite(1)



                                 15 August 2011                     pdftotext(1)

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