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Extracts the text of the page PageNum.

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DynaPDF 8.0 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "DynaPDF.ExtractText"; PDF; PageNum { ; Flags; AreaLeft; AreaTop; AreaRight; AreaBottom } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
PDF The PDF reference returned from DynaPDF.New. $pdf
PageNum The page number. 1
Flags The flags for text extraction.
Can include Default, SortTextX, SortTextY, SortTextXY and/or DeleteOverlappingText.
Usually you may want to use SortTextX here.
"SortTextX" Optional
AreaLeft The left coordiante of the area. Optional
AreaTop The top coordiante of the area. Optional
AreaRight The right coordiante of the area. Optional
AreaBottom The bottom coordiante of the area. Optional


Returns text or error.


Extracts the text of the page PageNum.
The first page is denoted by 1.

Text lines can be sorted in x- and y-direction. The flag DeleteOverlappingText causes that identical text records which are placed on the same position (with a tolerance of 2 units) will be deleted. The records must occur one after the other in order to detect them.

The optional parameter Area can be set to restrict the text extraction to that rectangle. The rectangle must be defined according to the current coordinate system. That means either in bottom up or top down coordinates, see SetPageCoords() for further information. Note also that the function considers the orientation of the page. The width and height of the rectangle must be exchanged if the orientation is 90, -90, 270, or -270 degrees.

If the function succeeds the return value is the text. If the function fails the return value is an error.

Special thing: If this function is called with two parameters, it redirects to old function DynaPDF.ExtractDocumentText to keep compatibility with existing scripts. If area parameters are not given or all zero, the area is not used.

Needs DynaPDF Lite license.
Please use DynaPDF.SetCMapDir to define the CMap folder to handle encodings better.

See also ExtractText function in DynaPDF manual.


Extract some text:

Set Variable [ $pdf ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.New") ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer";$pdf; Test::data) ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile";$pdf) ]
Set Field [ Test::PageText ; MBS("DynaPDF.ExtractText"; $pdf; 1; 0) ]
# Cleanup
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf) ]

Extract text in area:

Set Field [ Test::PageText ; MBS("DynaPDF.ExtractText"; $pdf; 1; "Default"; 200; 200; 400; 400) ]

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Created 21st December 2017, last changed 5th April 2024

DynaPDF.ExtractPageText - DynaPDF.FileAttachAnnot